JRC Director-General, Dominique Ristori (right), and MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho (left) open the roundtable, along with Jacques Lukasik, Secretary-General of Euro-CASE© EU, 2013
Dialogue between science, technology and society - roundtable
The JRC and Euro-CASE, the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering, co-organised a high-level roundtable on 19 September on the dialogue between science, technology and society, in the areas of energy and climate change, in order to identify how important technological changes are perceived and to determine the key factors to improve the interaction.
Technological progress is paramount to enhancing European economic competitiveness and to making its innovation potential operational, but mobilising all actors is indispensable to create impact. Public confidence in science has declined due to several factors, such as increased complexity and energy and environmental crises with a significant proportion of citizens wanting a more participatory approach. A better understanding of the public's perception of science is needed for improved scientific explanation and public communication.
In his concluding remarks, JRC Director-General Dominique Ristori underlined that scientists should be open to understanding societal and political changes. He stressed that a strong structured dialogue is needed and that scientific explanations should be adapted to new ways of communicating and to different sectors and social groups.
Other key speakers included Jacques Lukasik, Secretary-General of Euro-CASE and MEPs Maria Da Graça Carvalho and Edith Herczog, both members of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
Yesterday's roundtable was the fruit of the Cooperation Agreement between the JRC and Euro-CASE signed in Paris in November 2012 to establish closer links between the EU National Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering and the EU's policy-making process.