The scientific method is a fundamental tool for the life of the democratic method. Today, we find ourselves in the midst of processes that have a huge impact on anthropology itself, such as revolutions in the field of digital or genomic technologies. If one wants to prevent that the democratic method is overwhelmed by external enemies and from more insidious internal enemies – populism, technocracies and other forms of power that only appear to be democratic – one must turn to science as well; it is necessary that the dialogue with politics reaches its full potential.

The Third Session of the World Congress is convened with the objective of bridging the gap between science and politics, highlighting the contribution that science can positively provide to strengthen individual freedoms and democratic institutions. Science must, above all, help the decision-making process to be based on facts. Without leaving room for absolute Truths and by opposing any form of ideological manipulation of reality, as often happens on the most controversial issues (from stem cells to animal testing). New frontiers of research can provide knowledge and tools that can help govern the polis in every field, from medicine to the environment. The affirmation of the supremacy of law and the effective democratic participation can draw further strength from scientific discoveries.