What is VERITY for

Our Mission

The VERITY project seeks to rebuild the relationship between science and society.

The VERITY project aims to:

Strengthen the public’s confidence

in scientific findings

Foster informed decision making
based on scientific evidence 

Facilitate a more constructive and mutually beneficial relationship between science and society by enhancing trust in scientific research

Develop a protocol of recommendations for stewards of trust to provide guidelines and methods to enhance trust in science and facilitate science-society co-creation

How does VERITY make a change?

Enhancing Trust in Science

VERITY focuses on re-defining the ecosystem of trust and stewards of trust and connecting them with effective methods of enhancing trust in science through connecting five machines of trust

Our Concepts

VERITY’s Main Pillars

VERITY overall approach is guided by three questions:

(1) what
people trust

(2) whom
people trust and

(3) how
trust is built.

The answers of these questions lead us to the 3 key concepts explored in the VERITY project.


In the VERITY project, the engagement of diverse stakeholders ensures a comprehensive approach to addressing trust in science and strengthens the project’s outcomes by incorporating different perspectives and expertise. 

These stakeholders can include: Scientists 
and  Scientific Institutions, Policymakers and Government Agencies, Media Organizations, 
and Civil Society.

Stewards of Trust

Within the VERITY project, stewards of trust play a crucial role in shaping the direction and outcomes of the initiative. These stewards are organizations, groups, or individuals who possess extensive expertise and a strong commitment to trust in science, as evidenced by their official mandates, missions, or their influential positions in the field. They are appointed by VERITY to serve as Ambassadors and Advisors and form the Advisory and Impact (ADIM) Board.

Ecosystem of trust

The ecosystem of trust is a conceptual space where societal trust in science is formed, shaped, and influenced. It encompasses the complex interactions, dynamics, and factors that contribute to the construction, negotiation, enhancement, or reduction of trust in science.

By recognising the factors that shape trust in science and facilitating science-society co-creation and open science practices, the ecosystem of trust aims to enhance the public’s confidence in scientific research and promote a more inclusive and accountable scientific enterprise.