Jeroen P. van der Sluijs
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- Visitor AddressParkveien 95007 BergenRoom205, 2nd floor
- Postal AddressPostboks 78035020 Bergen
My research seeks to increase our understanding of the phenomenon and dynamics of scientific controversy on contemporary old, new and emerging environmental and health risks.
My work on the conceptualization of uncertainty in science for policy and on reflective approaches to the assessment of (model) quality is internationally recognized. It has significantly advanced understanding of deep uncertainty in scientific assessment of issues such as climate change and risks of new and emerging technologies. It has inspired and enabled many scholars and science–policy interface institutions around the world to develop new ways of interfacing complex science and policymaking. Among them are Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) [lead author of ch.5 of the 2019 Making Sense of Science report]; the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency [lead author of their uncertainty guidance] and the European Environment Agency [invited chapter author of 2013 Late Lessons from Early Warnings II report].
My conceptual work on the phenomenon of uncertainty is widely cited and my various practical tools for knowledge quality assessment are now widely used in many disciplines and EU projects and on a broad range of sustainability issues.
I work or have worked on contested science in the fields of climate change, pollinator decline, fish stock assessments, endocrine disruptors, elcetromagnetic fields, nanoparticles, underground storage of CO2, risk migration in sustainable technologies.
In addition to my position as professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at UiB, I am guest researcher at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and visiting professor at Coöperatieve Universiteit Amersfoort (a citizen science initiative).
Op-ed in Norwegian daily Stavanger Aftenblad with Anne Jorunn Frøyen, PhD and authorized conservator at Jærmuseet: Heller føre var enn etter snar - bruk ikkje gift mot løvetann! (Better safe than sorry - don't use poison against the daffodil!) 12.04.23
Interview in Forskningspolitikk ("Research Policy" - an open and independent Norwegian magazine for analysis and debate on research and innovation): Å kuratere kunnskap for ei ny tid (Curating knowledge for a new age) - 13.06.22
Op-ed in forskning.no (website for Norwegian and international research news): Forskere må ta ansvar for å stanse den globale biedøden (Researchers must assume responsibility for halting the global bee decline - based on the following article) - 27.10.21.
-> Response to the op-ed: Må forskere ta ansvar for å stanse biedøden? (Must researchers assume responsibility to halt the bee decline?) Anders Nielsen, 09.11.21
Online open course in Knowledge Quality Assessment (hint: click the blue [+] in front of each main lesson to see sub-lessons)
How can we make good decisions when experts lack the answers? (uib.no, 17.04.2020)
EU Ban on Neonics: Too Little, Too Late (invited opinion article in Green European Journal, 19.12.2018)
Interview in Morgenbladet on Post Normal Science: Fakta, faen (in Norwegian) (23.09.2016)
Putting scientific facts under the magnifying glass (uib.no, 21.06.2016)
Pollinators and Global Food Security: the Need for Holistic Global Stewardship (Food Ethics, 09.05.2016)
Professor van der Sluijs number 25 on top 100 list (article in Dutch) (13.10.2015)
We live in times of science on demand: an interview with Jeroen van der Sluijs (originally published in the Dutch Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth) magazine, June 2014)
Uncertainty and Dissent in Climate Risk Assessment: A Post-Normal Perspective (Nature and Culture, 2012)
Room for climate debate: Perspectives on the interaction between climate politics, science and the media (Rathenau Institutt, 2010)
Coordinator of the PhD course “Theory of Science and Ethics” for all PhDs in the Fac. of Mathematics & Natural Science, University of Bergen:
MNF990 Theory of Science and Ethics (formerly known as MNF490!)
Here is the schedule for the fall 2020 semester.
I am currently (2020) guest-editing a special issue of Current Opinion in Insect Science on 'Pollinator decline: human and policy dimensions', and a special issue of Frontiers of Climate on 'What is high quality knowledge for climate adaptation?'. I am (co-)author of a 4-page comment in Nature (2020: Five ways to ensure that models serve society: a manifesto, 73x cited Google Scholar; Altmetric: 1323) and 4 correspondences in Science (2018: Call to restrict neonicotinoids 27x cited Google Scholar: Altmetric: 700; 2011: Science-Policy Interface: Beyond Assessments, 80x cited Google Scholar; Altmetric: 28) and Nature (2014: Biodiversity reports need author rules, 11x cited, Altmetric: 45; 2016: Climate costing is politics, not science 10x cited, Altmetric: 30). Several of my key-papers have been translated into Japanese (11), Chinese (3) and French (4).
- Drivdal L & Van der Sluijs, JP (2021) Pollinator conservation requires a stronger and broader application of the precautionary principle. Current opinion in insect science.
- Van der Sluijs, JP (2020) Insect decline, an emerging global environmental risk. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Altmetric: 130. One of highest-scoring outputs from this source (#5 of 680)
- Saltelli A, Benini L, Funtowicz S, Giampietro M, Kaiser M, Reinert E, van der Sluijs JP (2020) The technique is never neutral. How methodological choices condition the generation of narratives for sustainability. Environmental Science & Policy, 106, 87-98 [4x cited ISI; 8x Google Scholar] Altmetric:45
- Bremer S, Wardekker A, Dessai S, Sobolowski S, Slaattelid R, van der Sluijs JP (2019) Toward a multi-faceted conception of co-production of climate services. Climate Services doi: 10.1016/j.cliser.2019.01.003. [20x cited ISI; 39x Google Scholar] Altmetric:23
- Maxim L & van der Sluijs JP (2018) Quality of epidemiological studies: Procedural rules for uncertain science for policy. Environmental Science & Policy 84: 80–87. [2x cited ISI; 2x Google Scholar] Altmetric:3
- van der Sluijs JP et al. (30 authors) (2015) Conclusions of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on the risks of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22 (1) 148-154. [135x cited ISI; 230x cited Google Scholar] Altmetric: 74
- Chagnon M, Kreutzweiser D, Mitchell EAD, Morrissey CA, Noome DA, van der Sluijs JP (2015) Risks of large scale use of systemic insecticides to ecosystem functioning and services, Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22 (1) 119-134. [160x cited ISI Highly Cited Paper; 292x Google Scholar] Altmetric:110
- van der Sluijs JP, Delso NS, Goulson D, Maxim L, Bonmatin JM, Belzunces LP (2013) Neonicotinoids, bee disorders and the sustainability of pollinator services, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5: 293-305. [213x cited ISI Highly Cited Paper; 379x cited Google Scholar] Altmetric:140
- van Dijk TC, van Staalduinen MA, van der Sluijs JP (2013) Macro-invertebrate decline in surface water polluted with imidacloprid. PLOS ONE, 8(5): e62374. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062374 [179x cited ISI; 290x cited Google Scholar] Altmetric:213; Covered in international media, the Guardian, Le Monde
- Petersen AC, Cath A, Hage M, Kunseler E, & van der Sluijs JP (2011) Post-Normal Science in Practice at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Science Technology & Human Values, 36 (3) 362-388 [53x cited ISI; 121x Google Scholar] Altmetric:3
- Maxim L & van der Sluijs JP (2011) Quality in environmental science for policy: Assessing uncertainty as a component of policy analysis. Environmental Science & Policy 14:482-492. [59x cited ISI; 127x Google Scholar]
Overview of publications in Cristin:
- (2022). Recognising the social functions of climate services in Bergen, Norway. Climate Services. 15 pages.
- (2022). High-Quality Knowledge for Climate Adaptation: Revisiting Criteria of Credibility, Legitimacy, Salience, and Usability. Frontiers Media S.A..
- (2022). Editorial: High-Quality Knowledge for Climate Adaptation: Revisiting Criteria of Credibility, Legitimacy, Salience, and Usability. Frontiers in Climate.
- (2021). WP2 Case study: Neonicotinoid insecticides. .
- (2021). Quality Assessment in Co-developing Climate Services in Norway and the Netherlands. Frontiers in Climate. 1-15.
- (2021). Pollinator conservation requires a stronger and broader application of the precautionary principle. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 95-105.
- (2021). Halting the pollinator crisis requires entomologists to step up and assume their societal responsibilities. Current Opinion in Insect Science. vi-xiii.
- (2020). The technique is never neutral. How methodological choices condition the generation of narratives for sustainability. Environmental Science and Policy. 87-98.
- (2020). Post-normal pandemics: Why COVID-19 requires a new approach to science. Blog of ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre.
- (2020). Pandemie post-normali. Perché CoViD-19 richiede un nuovo approccio alla scienza. Recenti Progressi in Medicina. 202-204.
- (2020). Insect decline, an emerging global environmental risk. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 39-42.
- (2020). Five ways to ensure that models serve society: a manifesto, . Nature. 482-484.
- (2019). Toward a multi-faceted conception of co-production of climate services. Climate Services. 42-50.
- (2019). Silver as a Constraint for a Large-Scale Development of Solar Photovoltaics? Scenario-Making to the Year 2050 Supported by Expert Engagement and Global Sensitivity Analysis. Frontiers in Energy Research.
- (2019). Initial Guidance Framework for Knowledge Quality Assessment in CoCliServ (CoCliServ D5.1). .
- (2018). ‘Bayer zette wetenschap jarenlang op dwaalspoor’.
- (2018). Ze zijn net als de tabaksindustrie.
- (2018). We beschermen onze gewassen tegen insecten. Maar wie beschermt de insecten tegen ons?
- (2018). Unraveling Controversy on Vexed Environmental Risks.
- (2018). Uncertainties and Quality Assurance in Research.
- (2018). The role of convenience pesticides in the collapse of the entomofauna.
- (2018). Stop de mallemolen van pesticiden. One World.
- (2018). Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
- (2018). Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
- (2018). Responsible Evidence Appraisal.
- (2018). Research Integrity in Norway (RINO).
- (2018). Quality of epidemiological studies: Procedural rules for uncertain science for policy, a case study on bisphenol-A. Environmental Science and Policy. 80-87.
- (2018). Post-Normal Science & Controversy Studies.
- (2018). NEONICS - Hoe lobby en framing gemakslandbouwgif buiten beeld hielden. De Helling (journal of the scientific office of the Netherlands Green Left party). 49-56.
- (2018). Maintaining Scientific Integrity in Present Day Academic Reality.
- (2018). Liaisons troubles entre recherche publique et agrochimie.
- (2018). Knowledge Quality Assessment in model based scientific assessment.
- (2018). Knowledge Quality Assessment.
- (2018). Integrated Assessment Modeling and the Participatory Challenge: The Case of Climate Change. 32 pages.
- (2018). Higher Education Institutions & responsible research and Innovation (HEIRRI).
- (2018). Gevaarlijke stoffen in een circulaire economie. .
- (2018). From bee health to insectageddon: the battle over problem frames seen through a post-normal science lens.
- (2018). EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides.
- (2018). EU Ban on Neonics: Too Little, Too Late. Green European Journal.
- (2018). Doet Europa bijengif in de ban?
- (2018). Dealing with uncertainty in model-based assessment: the NUSAP approach.
- (2018). Dealing with scientific uncertainty at the science-policy interface.
- (2018). Co-development of place-based climate services for action (CoCliServ).
- (2018). Call to restrict neonicotinoids. Science. 973-793.
- (2017). The NUSAP approach to uncertainty appraisal and communication. 301-310. In:
- (2017). Routledge handbook of Ecological Economics. Nature and society. Routledge.
- (2017). Post-normal science in practice. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 1-4.
- (2017). Analyser la qualite de l'evaluation des risques: L'exemple des perturbateurs endocriniens. Natures sciences sociétés. S72-S75.
- (2017). An update of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) on systemic insecticides. Part 2: impacts on organisms and ecosystems. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International. 11749-11797.
- (2017). A critical assessment of knowledge quality for climate adaptation in Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. Climate Risk Management. 43-58.
- (2016). Screening regional management options for their impact on climate resilience: an approach and case study in the Venen-Vechtstreek wetlands in the Netherlands. SpringerPlus. 1-17.
- (2016). Science on the verge. Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes.
- (2016). Pollinators and Global Food Security: the Need for Holistic Global Stewardship. Food Ethics.
- (2016). Numbers running wild. 151-187. In:
- (2016). Science on the verge. Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes.
- (2016). Modelling: Climate costing is politics not science. Nature. 177-177.
- (2015). Systemic insecticides (neonicotinoids and fipronil): trends, uses, mode of action and metabolites. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International. 5-34.
- (2015). Risks of large-scale use of systemic insecticides to ecosystem functioning and services. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International. 119-134.
- (2015). Effects of neonicotinoids and fipronil on non-target invertebrates. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International. 68-102.
- (2015). Dealing with uncertainties in fresh water supply: experiences in the Netherlands. Water resources management. 703-725.
- (2015). Critical appraisal of assumptions in chains of model calculations used to project local climate impacts for adaptation decision support-the case of Baakse Beek. Environmental Research Letters.
- (2014). Wrapping up: The future of Post Normal Science.
- (2014). Uncertainty of population risk estimates for pathogens based on QMRA or epidemiology: a case study of Campylobacter in the Netherlands. Risk Analysis. 847-864.
- (2014). Tools for Post Normal Science.
- (2014). Tools for Knowledge Quality Assessment.
- (2014). The risks of neonicotinoids to aquatic ecosystems.
- (2014). The future social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe. .
- (2014). Strategies on dealing with uncertainties in urban climate change adaptation.
- (2014). Social robustness of smart electricity networks in Europe.
- (2014). SCRUTINISE DISCORD.
- (2014). Qualichem in vivo: A tool for assessing the quality of in vivo studies and its application for Bisphenol A. PLOS ONE. 16 pages.
- (2014). Post Normal Science: A reflective approach to Knowledge Quality Assessment.
- (2014). Post Normal Science and Knowledge Quality Assessment.
- (2014). Post Normal Science - theory and practice.
- (2014). Neonicotinoids: risks to pollinators, ecosystems and humans.
- (2014). Knowledge Quality Assessment - an introduction.
- (2014). Ingredients for a socially robust smart electricity grid.
- (2014). Decades of climate research: Lessons for science.
- (2014). Dealing with uncertainty in climate adaptation decision-making. 17-40. In:
- (2014). Adapting to an Uncertain Climate – Lessons from Practice. Springer.
- (2014). Critical reflection on assumptions: the NUSAP approach.
- (2014). Conclusions of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on the risks of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International. 148-154.
- (2014). Climate change and health in the Netherlands. 96-102. In:
- (2014). Adapting to an Uncertain Climate – Lessons from Practice. Springer.
- (2014). Briefadvies Risicocommunicatie op een nieuwe leest schoeien. .
- (2014). Biodiversity reports need author rules. Nature. 170-170.
- (2014). Bijensterfte Oorzaken, gevolgen oplossingen.
- (2014). Bijen en insecticiden: late lessen uit vroege waarschuwingen. Milieu Dossier. 37-41.
- (2014). Advisory letter The health risks of Bisphenol A analogues. .
- (2014). Adaptation to uncertain future climate change.
- (2013). What do i make of your latinorum? Sensitivity auditing of mathematical modelling. International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy. 213-234.
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I have long-standing experience in various leading roles in transdisciplinary international research projects, including 13 different EU projects funded under FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020.
PI of Utrecht University team in SeMPER-Arctic: SeMPER-Arctic - Sense Making, Place attachment, and Extended networks as sources of Resilience in the Arctic (The Belmont Forum) [2020-2023]
PI of BeeCaution Bees pesticides and precaution: building an epistemic network in Norway (The Research Council of Norway) [2020-2022]
PI of Bergen team in RECIPES REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders (H2020 Swafs) [2019-2021]
PI of Bergen team in CoCliServ Co-development of place-based climate services for action (JPI Climate ERA 4CS) [2017-2020] (Spin-off of UC4A!)
Go Figure: Visualizing Climate Change (FIGO) (SAMKUL Researcher Network)
Partner in PARENT, Participatory platform for sustainable energy management (EU JPI Urban Europe) [March 2016 - February 2019]
Mainstreaming Sensitivity Analysis and Uncertainty Auditing (Peder Sather Grant) [July 2017 - June 2018] (with Philip Stark, UC Berkeley; Andrea Saltelli UiB and Leif Hellevik, NTNU)
HEIRRI Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation (H2020) [2015-2018]
PI of UC4A [Understanding Cultural Conditions for Climate Change Adaptation] (SAMKUL Researcher Network, Norwegian Research Council) [2015-2016]
ELSA of SALMOSTERILE (The Research Council of Norway) [2013-2018]
EPINET (FP7) [2012-2015]
Scientific coordinator on the IUCN international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (Triodos Foundation) [2011-2013]
2018 & 2015: Ranked #45 (2018) and #25 (2015) in “The Sustainable 100”, top 100 of most influential Netherland people contributing to sustainable development, by daily newspaper Trouw.
2013: Nominated for Utrecht University Publi Award - in top 3 of scientists with best media coverage (TV, Radio & Daily newspapers) of Utrecht University.
1996: YSSP Fellow ( Young Scientists Summer Program); International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg
Meeting grand challenges together: actionable knowledge through collaboration in research and innovation
The complexity and urgency of the challenges facing the world today call for new approaches and relationships in knowledge production.
Systemic pesticides and the biodiversity crisis: Toxic practices in agriculture, aquaculture and policy making
Welcome to a joint symposium organized by the University of Bergen's BeeCaution project and the International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides.
Researchers have a responsibility to help stop the pollinator crisis
In a recent editorial, UiB professor Jeroen van der Sluijs and co-editors encourage entomologists to join other scientists, legislators and policymakers in addressing and countering pollinator decline.
SVT application in the final to become Norwegian Centre of Excellence
Out of 161 applications, SVT’s Centre of Actionable Knowledges (AcKnowledges) was one of 36 initiatives nationwide that made it to round two of the call.
CoPol: Covid-19 contact tracing as Digital Politics
CoPol studies Covid-19 contact tracing as digital politics and as data practice on the interfaces between technology, public health and fundamental rights.
Cautiously precautious - pollinators, pesticides and the precautionary principle in European environmental policy
In this workshop, we invite a multidisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to discuss how European legal and regulatory frameworks can be adapted to promote agile responses to serious environmental threats.
Citizen science project wins 3rd place
The project Meet je Stad (Measure your City), which has links to two UiB research projects, has been named the 3rd most sustainable Dutch initiative.
Stories of climate adaptation across Europe
UiB researchers Scott Bremer and Diana Wildschut have together with Werner Krauss co-edited a special issue about narratives in the journal Climate Risk Management.
Risks, uncertainties and resilience
AFINO invites everyone who is interested to a webinar on Responsible Research and Innovation after the Covid-19 crisis.
Can we ensure that mathematical models serve society?
Inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic, UiB researchers present five principles for model quality.
Drivers of change, risks and opportunities: navigating an uncertain and complex world
On the occasion of their recently published report, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has organised a webinar where Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) professor Jeroen van der Sluijs is keynote speaker and SVT professor II Silvio Funtowicz is a panel participant.
How can we make good decisions when experts lack the answers?
"Covid-19 has shown that we need a new debate about decision-making in crises when the scientific answers are not yet available."
The SeMPER-Arctic project collects local stories of changes, crises and shocks in three Arctic communities in Greenland and Russia, and analyses in an interdisciplinary way how these narratives incorporate notions of resilience.
Knowledge quality assessment as a sensemaking device (KQA-SMD)
This project is an enquiry into the ability for climate change knowledge assessment to strengthen local communities through sensemaking.
REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders (RECIPES)
RECIPES aims to reconcile innovation and precaution to foster social awareness and responsibility in the EU in research and innovation.
The aim of Beecaution is to build a Norwegian epistemic network of relevant actors to engage in the RECIPES discussion on Precaution and innovation, looking specifically at the case study on neonicotinoid pesticides and bees.
#LoVeSeSDG - Localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the Barents Sea-Lofoten ecosystem in a changing climate - is a project that focuses on the Lofoten-Vesterålen-Senja (LoVeSe) region in Norway.
Uncertainty and Dissent in Climate Risk Assessment: A Post-Normal Perspective
Uncertainty, complexity and dissent make climate change hard to tackle with normal scientific procedures. At this seminar, Professor Jeroen van der Sluijs gives an introduction to the post-normal perspective on climate change.
Science for Policy: Post-Normal Science in Practice
In honor of our new professor Jeroen van der Sluijs, the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Bergen organized this mini-symposium 10-11 December 2014.
Co-development of place-based Climate Services for action (Co-Cli-Serv)
Co-Cli-Serv explores novel ways to transform climate science into action-oriented place-based climate services to engage, enable and empower local communities, knowledge brokers and scientists to act locally.
The Measure your City Project in Bergen
There is a lot of concern about climate change and the effects it has on the world. But what does it mean for Bergen?
Putting scientific facts under the magnifying glass
Jeroen van der Sluijs studies the use of scientific facts in policy making. He is now in the final round in the competition of becoming a Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF).
Four new centres aiming for excellence
Four research centres at the University of Bergen have gone to the second round in the process of becoming a Norwegian Centre of Excellence.
MNF990: Theory of Science and Ethics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
MNF990 is a mandatory PhD-level course for research fellows with The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Integrated Assessment of Societal Impacts of Emerging Science and Technology from within Epistemic Networks (EPINET)
The EPINET project reviewed and evaluated assessment methods, commonly used to address societal impacts of new and emerging S&Ts.
Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI)
HEIRRI aimed to integrate the concept of “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) into the science and engineering degrees; mainly focusing on universities and other higher education institutions (HEI).
Researchers at SVT contributed to the ELSA part of the project 'Salmonsterile', which aimed to use information from the salmon genome in order to develop vaccines that can make farmed salmon sterile.
Mainstreaming Sensitivity Analysis and Uncertainty Auditing
This project was financed by the Peder Sather Grant and was a cooperation between the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, NTNU and UC Berkeley.