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New Currents in Science: The Challenges of Quality

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This workshop organized by the Joint Research Centre will consider current challenges to quality assurance in science and their effects on the trustworthiness of science, as knowledge, in applications and in policy.
Thursday
03
Mar
2016
Friday
04
Mar
2016
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ISPRA, Italy

The challenges originate from the previous transformation from community-based ‘little’ science to industrial-scale ‘big’ science, which had effects on research-incentives and thus commitment and morale.

The present transformation, that we call ‘information-age’ science, has enabled new social practices and sources of commitment to emerge, both within and outside of established science, that offer new ways of resolving the challenges of quality assurance.

  1. For those involved in maintaining existing streams of production, application and advice, some key questions are: By what methodologies could the existing institutions accommodate to the new tendencies, for their mutual benefit?
  2. By what means, including dialogues and participation, could the new forms of practice be guided in the development of appropriate quality procedures?

This workshop will be devoted to a review of these new tendencies, and to communication among them, exploring amongst others, how the insights of Post-Normal Science can contribute to their understanding and way out.

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