Science With And For Society (Swafs)

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Archive 2010 and older

Ethics and Governance of ICT and Security Technologies Workshop (Brussels, 18 November 2010)

The workshop discussed early results of research and coordination projects funded under the European Commission Science in Society programme (FP7). These projects yield insights on how our understanding of privacy may change in the light of those technologies, and how privacy is weighed against other ethical values related to security and practical convenience. These research and coordination efforts usually don’t address only single, particular technologies since the privacy issue will be shaped by the simultaneous use of various technologies and address relevant EC directives and national legislation. The workshop also discusses ways of involving the users and stakeholders as co-designers of new technologies, particular with a view on health care issues.

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Exploratory Activities

Due to the need to access increasingly technical and specialised knowledge to cover the full breadth of its policies, the European Commission relies on both high-level internal and external expertise to develop its policies. Research policy is no exception, and outside experts are regularly invited to join groups to help Commission services. The field of science in society is even more demanding than others. It requires a variety of knowledge and values to understand and solve the issues at stake; issues that may be completely new or so polarised that it is difficult to find a consensus at national, European or global levels.

The information below is a sample of the projects, expertise, seminars and other initiatives that support robust debate and policymaking under the Science in Society Programme.

Exploratory activities: 2011

Science, H1N1 and society: Towards a more pandemic-resilient society

The European Commission’s (former) Directorate for Science, Economy and Society decided in mid 2010 to set up an Expert Group on Science, H1N1 and Society (‘H1N1 Expert Group’, or ‘HEG’) in order to clarify the ‘Science in Society (SIS)-related research questions raised by the H1N1 pandemic and associated crisis management. The HEG group reviewed various aspects relating to the involvement of scientific expertise in the management of the A (H1N1) pandemic through various documents from the WHO, articles in international health journals, European Union documents and some national reports.

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Exploratory activities: 2010

Ethics and Governance of ICT and Security Technologies Workshop (Brussels, 18 November 2010)

The workshop discussed early results of research and coordination projects funded under the European Commission Science in Society programme (FP7). These projects yield insights on how our understanding of privacy may change in the light of those technologies, and how privacy is weighed against other ethical values related to security and practical convenience. These research and coordination efforts usually don’t address only single, particular technologies since the privacy issue will be shaped by the simultaneous use of various technologies and address relevant EC directives and national legislation. The workshop also discusses ways of involving the users and stakeholders as co-designers of new technologies, particular with a view on health care issues.

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Presentations

Agenda English  PDF icon 314 KB

Welcome and introduction English  PDF icon 314 KB to workshop Jorgo Chatzimarkakis: MEP/STOA Panel

Session 1: Interaction between ICT & Human Practices: promoting user involvement

  • Kjetil Rommetveit English  PDF icon 1.0 MB Technolife
  • Guido van Steendam English  PDF icon 26.0 MB ICT-Ethics
  • Maggie Mort English  PDF icon 3.4 MB EFORTT

Peteris Zilgalvis (DG INFSO), Responses from DG INFSO

Session 2: International Data Sharing: Ethical Challenges of Biometrics and medical applications

  • Emilio Mordini (21.4MB): HIDE and RISE
  • Aki Zaharya Menevidis (4.08MB): ETHICAL
  • James Peter Burgess (3.36MB): Biometric personhood

Francis Peteris Svilans (DG JUST), Response from DG JUSTICE (Data protection, Fundamental rights and citizenship)

Round Table Debate with MEP, Silvia Adriana Ticau

Session 3: Privacy as a fundamental right (EU Charter) and (privacy) assessment methodologies

  • Bernd Carsten Stahl English  PDF icon 3.6 MB ETICA
  • Yair Sharan English  PDF icon 6.8 MB PRACTIS
  • Leon Hempel English  PDF icon 1.8 MB PATS

Kristien Van Goey (DG ENTR), Response from DG ENTERPRISE
Silvia Adriana Ticau, Round Table Debate with MEP
Prabhat Agarwal (DG INFSO), Perspectives from DG INFSO: research and policy needs

Outlook to workshop Future Technology and Society on 19 November

Rene von Schomberg (DG RTD) English  PDF icon 470 KB

Prabhat Agarwal (DG INFSO)

Exploratory activities: 2009

Project: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): How to engage civil society in research and policy processes?

Although participation of civil society is considered crucial for the implementation of ambitious sustainability strategies like the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS), many implementation programmes and activities do not yet consistently involve players from this field; they focus more on business actors (ETAP) and researchers (SCORE). The project addresses this gap by actively involving civil society organisations (CSOs) to identify research needs and to design elements of deliberative processes on SCP in the demand areas food, housing and mobility, which are responsible for 70 % of environmental damage in the EU.

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Expert Group on Global Governance of Science

Science is a major driving force of globalisation. The internationalisation of the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and the accompanying challenges to address specific global aspects of the European Research Area (ERA), such as scientific misconduct, the possible emergence of 'ethics-free' zoned and non-transparent forms of mandated science at the global level, have led the European Commission to seek advice from a multidisciplinary expert group comprised of legal scholars, sociologists, philosophers and political scientists from Europe, China, South Africa and the US. The Expert Group on Global Governance of Science advocates global governance for the common good that invokes European principles of good governance and fundamental rights.

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Exploratory activities: 2008

Goverscience seminar on Inclusive Risk Governance

'…defining risk is an expression of power. Whoever controls the definition of risk controls the outcome of the risk management process.' This sentence extracted from the subsequent report of the seminar held in Brussels, Belgium on 4 and 5 December 2008 captures the essence of the difficulties facing our society in dealing with the progress of science and technology. What is a risk and who should decide if society as a whole should take it? By the way, who represents society in that case?

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Goverscience seminar on Energy and the Environment

Held on 9 and 10 December 2008, this seminar took stock of previously funded projects under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7) related to energy, environment and governance, and of the main Community strategic documents pertaining to the respective field. The 2-day seminar in Brussels, Belgium brought together 10 experts and European Commission staff in an open and structured discussion on the status quo as well as the perspectives that lie ahead of us in sustainable consumption and production of energy.

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Exploratory activities: 2007

Report: Integrity in Research – A Rationale for Community Action

Scientific integrity is generally looked at in a holistic way, encompassing the ideals of what constitutes 'good science' and a 'good scientist'. It covers aspects of both governance (e.g. peer review, authorship, whistle blowing, and code of conduct) and ethics (e.g. honesty, fraud, conflict of interest, and professional responsibility). Scientific integrity to date is mostly addressed at the level of institutions and scientific societies (i.e. self-regulation). There are, nevertheless, notable examples of national regulations and institutions that have a policing role (e.g. UK Research Integrity Office). This report outlines the main reflections of the experts that were invited to provide guidance on the key issues with regard to integrity in research.

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European Textbook and Syllabus on Ethics in Research

Publication coverThis textbook and syllabus are designed for use in the training of science students, researchers and research ethics committee members throughout Europe and beyond. The scope is the ethics of scientific research involving human beings. The publications contain case studies relating to a variety of scientific disciplines, including biomedical and human life sciences, new technologies and the social sciences. These have been chosen to illustrate and facilitate discussion of key ethical issues, and to give a flavour of the range of research settings in which these issues occur.

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Report of the European Commission - UNESCO Conference: Joint Action for Capacity-building in Bioethics (JACOB)

Publication cover The European Commission - UNESCO Conference: 'Joint Action for Capacity-building in Bioethics' (JACOB) was organized by UNESCO with financial support from the European Commission, and held in Mexico City, Mexico, on 26-28 November 2009. It brought together experts and members of newly established, currently forming and long-standing National Bioethics Committees (NBCs) from various parts of the world. It was structured around three major themes:

  • Emerging Bioethics Issues
  • Building an international network
  • Engaging in ethical discourse

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Don't miss the 2WAYS science festival in Brussels on 30 November and 1 December 2010 !

Publication cover2WAYS is a groundbreaking FP7 science communication project to increase dialogue and public knowledge regarding European life sciences research. This one of its kind science festival will see the first 'Young Europeans Science Parliament' taking place at the European Parliament as well as a fantastic exhibition of innovative and interactive life sciences presentations show-cased at the nearby 'Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences'.

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Europeans support responsible innovation in life sciences and biotechnology

Publication coverThis survey on life sciences and biotechnology indicates that the crisis of confidence in technology and regulation that characterised the 1990s is no longer the dominant perspective. While entrenched views about GM food are still evident, in 2010 there is a greater focus on the technologies themselves. The survey also reveals important knowledge gaps, pointing to a need for more communication: a majority of respondents had never heard of some of the areas covered by the survey, such as nanotechnology (55% unaware), biobanks (67% unaware) and synthetic biology (83% unaware). The Eurobarometer, carried out in February 2010, is the seventh in a series since 1991.

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genSET, FP7 SiS project, 18th October 2010

Publication coverThe University of Tromsø (UiT) leads European science institutions in adopting genSET Recommendations for Mainstreaming Gender in Science as the guiding principles for development of new gender action plan.

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'Beyond the leaky pipeline' conference: a success of participation discussing gender and science issues

Publication coverOn the 19th-20th October 2010 took place in Brussels the conference ‘Beyond the leaky pipeline. Challenges for research on gender and science’, co-organised by CIREM Foundation, DULBEA and the Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men.

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Stocktaking 10 years of 'Women in Science' 1999-2009

Ten years ago the European Commission started its activities on “women in science”. This Report records this ten-year history, analyses the activities undertaken, provides an assessment of their effectiveness and appropriateness, and - whenever possible - includes a reflection on what did not work, what was not done, and how these omissions could be addressed

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EUCYS 2010: European Union Contest For Young Scientists

Publication coverEUCYS is an annual event where the winners of national science competitions are brought together to compete for the ultimate prize of European Young Scientist of the Year. It is for students aged between 14 and 20 and takes place in a different European city every year.

EUCYS 2010 Press Centre

 

Research with CSOs for sustainable development: Reflecting on experience

On 29th September 2009 the FP7 funded project 'Co-Operative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe' (CREPE) organises a workshop to compare experiences of doing research relevant to sustainable development with or as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

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On 29th September 2010 the FP7 funded project ‘Co-Operative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe’ (CREPE) organises a workshop to compare experiences of doing research relevant to sustainable development with or as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Timing: 29th September 2010, 10am-6pm, followed by a dinner

London Venue: The Open University, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NP near Camden Town tube station; also Camden Road railway station

Workshop aims:
To compare participants’ experiences of doing research relevant to sustainable development with or as Civil Society Organisations. To evaluate strengths and weaknesses of those experiences, as a basis to draw lessons for future efforts. To clarify how such research benefits research and the wider society. To analyse how such research helps to open up issues of sustainable development to civil society perspective. To bring together material for publication in a journal special issue.

Participants: mainly research projects and some civil society organisations involved in them as researchers or non-researchers.

Programme: Speakers will discuss their experiences of research with or as CSOs/NGOs.

Guest speaker: Michel Pimbert (IIED)

And speakers from the following European research projects:

  • Cooperative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe (CREPE)
  • Science, Technology and Civil Society (STACS)
  • Bridging the Knowledge Gap between Fishermen and Science (GAP1)
  • Facilitating Alternative Agro-food Networks (FAAN)
  • Civil Society Engagement with ECological EConomics (CEECEC)
  • Development of indicators and assessment tools for CSO value-based projects in education for sustainable development (ESDinds)

 

FP7 Calls for Proposals 2011 published

On 20 July 2010, the European Union published more than 50 calls for proposals under the 7th Framework Programme for Research & Development, worth a total of EUR 6.4 billion. Two of these calls address Science in Society issues with a total budget of over EUR 45 million.

On 20 July 2010, two calls for proposals within the Science in Society programme were published within the Work Programme 2011.

Deadline for receipt of the proposals for the calls are:

All call information is accessible on the dedicated website and on the Funding and tender opportunities.

 

Assessing Europe's University Based Research

Publication coverThis report presents findings of the Expert Group on Assessment of University-Based Research set up by the European Commission, DG Research in 2008 to identify the framework for a new and more coherent methodology to assess the research produced by European universities.

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Science and society - Action Plan

Publication coverThis Action Plan represents a new European initiative to develop a stronger and more harmonious relationship between the world of science and society at large. It sets out 38 actions dealing with the place of science in education and popular culture, involving citizens in science policy, the gender dimension, ethics, and governance. Whilst the European Commission intends to act as a catalysing force, these actions will require a concerted effort by actors in the member states, the regions, stakeholder groups and concerned citizens. The plan provides a common framework to monitor progress and to assess results

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An European partnership to improve the attractiveness of RTD careers and the conditions for mobility of researchers in Europe

Publication coverConsidering the crucial role that research and technological development (RTD) policy plays in the framework of the Lisbon strategy, the importance of developing a European Research Area (ERA) and the attention that the European Council, in 22 and 23 March 2005, has given to the development of human capital in the framework of the mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy.

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Outcome of proceedings of the Council (Competitiveness) on 18 April 2005

Publication coverCouncil conclusions

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Science, economy and society Highlights 2010

Publication coverThe publication brings an overview of the many activities carried out in 2010 by former Directorate L - Science, Economy and Society of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research. The Directorate had the responsibility of managing both the Science in Society (SIS) and the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Programme. At the end of 2010, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research became the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and underwent reorganisation. As a result, the SSH and SIS work is now managed by units in the ERA (European Research Area - Directorate B)

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Europeans and biotechnology in 2010

Winds of change?

Publication cover This is the seventh in a series of Eurobarometer surveys on life sciences and biotechnology conducted in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2010. This latest survey, carried out in February 2010, was based on a representative sample of 30,800 respondents from the 27 Member States, plus Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Issues such as regenerative medicine, production of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs, both transgenic and cisgenic), biobanks, biofuels and other innovations such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology, in addition to broader issues such as the governance of science and the engagement of citizens, were investigated. These surveys provide an indication of the distribution of opinions and attitudes in the public at large and evidence of changes in these perceptions over time. To ensure the continuing independence and high reputation of this series of surveys, the Commission charged a team of social scientists throughout Europe with designing the questionnaire and analysing the responses

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Assessing Europe's University-Based Research

Expert group on assessment of university-based research

Publication coverIn 2008, the European Commission, DG Research set up the Expert Group on Assessment of University-Based Research to identify the framework for a new and more coherent methodology to assess the research produced by European universities. There is no single, correct methodology. Any assessment of the quality of university-based research will have to take into consideration the multi-functional and diverse nature of universities, the diverse nature of disciplines, the level at which universities are assessed (i.e., identify the level at which knowledge is created and shared), the users’ needs and assume an inclusive notion of research ranging from blue sky/curiosity-driven to user-led/practice-based research and interdisciplinary research. The key issue here is to design evaluations that are fit for purpose. While commercial rankings have positive and negative impacts onto the institutions, the students and other users, they tend to focus on only the world’s top 100 out of the estimated 17,000 higher education institutions. Hence, there is a need to design flexible and multidimensional methodologies that will adapt to the diverse and complex nature of research, disciplines and of our universities

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Increasing Human Resources for Science and Technology in Europe

Publication coverThis report was produced by a group of experts to identify specific actions or policy measures which, within the context of the European Research Area, could help towards the 3% goal. At the Barcelona summit, heads of state called for an increase in the proportion of European GDP invested in research from 1.9% to 3%. In terms of human resources, it was estimated that an extra half a million researchers would be needed to meet that goal.

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Mid-term assessment

Science and society activities, 2002-2006

Publication coverAt the crossroad where FP6 was about to reach its end of term and the preparations for FP7 were under way, the services of the DG RTD launched a mid-term evaluation to assess whether the activities implemented under the "Science and Society" part in FP6 met their objectives and to develop recommendations for FP7. The report was built on the review of selected S&S activities for the five thematic areas of the programme (science education, scientific advice and governance, ethics, women and science, science communication) and their integration with findings of other evaluations and a number of major conferences and forums.

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Integrity in Research-A Rationale for Community Action

Publication coverExpert Group meeting, Brussels (BE), 22-23 March 2007

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Responsible research and innovation

Publication coverThe Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission is determined to bridge the gap between the scientific community and society at large. In 2001, the «Science and Society» Action Plan was launched to set out a common strategy to make a better connection between science and European citizens. In 2007, under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), «Science and Society» became «Science in Society (SiS)» with the main objective to foster public engagement and a sustained two-way dialogue between science and civil society. Since 2010 the focus of SiS has been to develop a concept responding to the aspirations and ambitions of European citizens: a framework for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

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Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament

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COMMISSION WORKING DOCUMENT 'Science, society and the citizen in Europe'

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Integrating science in society issues in scientific research

Publication coverMain findings of the study on the integration of science and society issues in the Sixth Framework Programme

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Evaluation of the Science and Society Action Plan

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From the ethics of technology towards an ethics of knowledge policy & knowledge assessment

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Why and how to participate in the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020?
Manual for civil society organisations on how to participate in projects financially supported by Horizon 2020 – published by Fondation Sciences Citoyennes.

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