Science, technology and democracy
This session aims to reflect upon the ways through
which science interacts with policy-making in democratic
societies, especially at EU level.
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Ulrike Felt, Professor, University of Vienna [
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The morning session will discuss four key modalities
embracing different facets of the interactions between
science and society.
Konopasek, Associate Professor, Centre for Theoretical
Study, Charles University, Prague
The links between technology foresight and the policy process: what is the relationship between technology foresight, parliamentary technology assessment, and participatory processes?
Jan Staman, Director,
Rathenau Institute, Amsterdam
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definition of expertise: whether it differs from, and
how it interacts with, other forms of knowledge; how
it can be made available and useful to policy-makers;
how it relates to validation, uncertainty and ignorance.
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Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles
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Risk governance and the implementation of the precautionary principle: the need for more integrated approaches to risk governance; the different components of risk acceptance by citizens, individually, and by society, collectively; the international dimension of risk governance.
Ortwin Renn, Professor,
University of Stuttgart
The difference between participation and representation, the strength and weaknesses of participatory processes, the link with policy-making, the pitfalls to avoid and the good practices to encourage.
Sheila Jasanoff, Professor, Harvard University
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In the afternoon a Round Table will illustrate the issue of making democratic choices under constraints, using the example of nuclear energy.
Chairman: Brian Wynne, Professor, Lancaster University
The main purpose of the Round Table is to demonstrate the added value that science and society academics can convey to the handling of nuclear energy issues in democracies.
Although nuclear energy is not a new technology, it is a distinctive example of the interface between science and society and the dilemma they may create. The rising political concern relating to the Kyoto protocol, and the recent and foreseen technological developments, contribute to bring nuclear energy back into the core debate. Science and society experts have gathered experience from the past and can make valuable contributions on ways to develop more fruitful interactions between science and society in the future.
The Round Table will not be a debate on nuclear energy as such, but will invite science and society academics specialised in issues related to nuclear energy and relevant policy-makers to respond to a common set of questions such as:
Participants in the Round Table
Science and society academics:
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