Following the election of Donald Trump as President Elect The Science Advisory Board published a poll to gauge the response of the scientific community, both within the USA and around the world. Our findings support the media’s portrayal of a scientific community that is uneasy about the future of scientific research and progress under the new administration.
Massive and immediate policy change has been central to the rhetoric of Donald Trump’s campaign, with many of his proposed changes promised to go into effect on ‘day one’ in the White House as executive orders. However, several of his campaign statements regarding policy have been contradictory and his actual position on a number of issues remains unclear. This represents an unprecedented level of volatility during the transition between two presidents, with many uncertain as to what the realities of the new administration will look like. Donald Trump’s campaign was marked by a wide array of controversies, some of which stemmed from his statements regarding his stance on scientific issues such as climate change, vaccination, and the NIH. We asked the scientific community how they felt about the positions that Donald Trump has been clear about, and what their predictions are for the new administration’s impact on the quality of research and science.
Below are the results of an opinion research study conducted on life-science and medical professionals (members of The Science Advisory Board), regarding the Zika virus outbreak and what it means for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
Since the beginning of 2016, there has been a growing public discussion in the media regarding the ethics of hosting a large international event (the Rio Olympics) in a country with a Zika virus epidemic. A letter signed by some of the most influential scientists in the world has called for postponing the events, fearing that it will attenuate the global spread of the virus.