Before it even got up and running, the institute, which aims to study "human flourishing," drew scrutiny for its largest funding source: the Charles Koch Foundation. At the institute’s first conference, its leader called the event a chance to show scholars that "we’re doing serious work."
Critics of two reports by the academies have cited potential disclosure problems among study panelists. Now, an official says, the idea of a policy review "has just gained more and more traction."
Organizers of Saturday’s global event say they want to capitalize on the enthusiasm of participants, and have no shortage of ideas for the future of science advocacy.