CIPAST final report and recommendations

Networking and capacity building for a professional implementation of citizen participation across Europe proved to have valuable functions as a means to further the cause of European integration. Hence, the researchers and practitioners who participated in the CIPAST project are looking forward to contribute to new initiatives.
However, we consider that such initiatives should rely on the many previous and ongoing ones. By outlining these findings and putting them forward in a series of recommendations, we hope to trigger off new calls for proposals. We also expect to encourage political and industrial decision-makers, NGOs, social scientists and practitioners, to reflect and act in regard to the ongoing implementation of public participation vis-à-vis the construction of a European identity.

Read the recommendations here. The full text with findings and recommendations can be downloaded here. We invite you to discuss it with us on the CIPAST discussion list.

CIPAST in Practice
Now also available in French
Maintenant aussi disponible en français

CIPAST case-study based training package now online Open CIPAST Training Package
CIPAST activities have confirmed that training for public participation in science and technology has to be considered as a multiple objective aim: as training activity before (and for) the implementation of a public participation initiative but also as an offer to get informed about public participation in general – and not being directly targeted to the translation into training action. CIPAST therefore has decided to put case studies at the core of its training and to focus on a process of active and participative learning.
CIPAST in Practice now provides elementary sets for teaching and learning which are based on ‘real life case studies’ and which can be used and re-assembled by potential users . The given tools are completed through information resources about designing participatory procedures experts, literature and additional experiences.
All case studies presented in this training package were developed by involving actors and users. All case studies were tested in training sessions in two international workshops 2006 and 2007.

You can order a free CD of CIPAST in Practice from Norbert Steinhaus, or make use of the training offers here at the CIPAST website.
English version: Go to CIPAST in Practice
. Click on top right in the new window to get the French version!

Version française: Allez à 'CIPAST in Practice'. Cliquetez en haut à droite dans la nouvelle fenêtre si vous souhaitez la langue anglais! Ou demandez une CD libre de Norbert Steinhaus

Participatory Activities in NanotechnologiesOpen CIPAST Nano Newsletter
A special edition of the CIPAST newsletter - prepared by Nicolas Baya Laffite at INRA/TSV - provides on 35 pages a summary of 60 participatory processes in nanotechnology governance in countries where they have developed significantly as a result of political initiatives. Our first aim is to give access to data as complete as possible – although not exhaustive – on individual participatory experiences in nanotechnology. The gathering of this information allows to put these individual experiences into perspective and to open a discussion on the roles of public participation, so far in different national and regional political contexts.

The CIPAST project as a case study of a European network project

The main aim of Chloe Alexander's study was to examine whether two of the European Commission’s recent objectives are being reached by the funding of European network projects. The first of these aims is to improve European integration between member states by harmonizing economic, social and cultural practices. The second is to construct platforms for the exchange of information and experience regarding the field of deliberative participation methodologies in the area of science in society.
The empirical aspect of the thesis took the example of CIPAST. Nine interviews with representatives from each partner institution were carried out during the 2007 Procida Workshop. The effectiveness of the CIPAST project, the network structure of the project and the developments of deliberative democracy in the different member states were discussed.
The conclusion confirms that the two goals of the European Commission are being reached through the funding of the CIPAST project and network.
You can download a pdf of the study (0.5 MB) here.
Contact Chloe Alexander here. 

CIPAST newsletter

January 2008 issue available
This quarterly newsletter provides news on the situation of participatory procedures in Europe, the CIPAST project and links to useful electronic and print resources aimed at strengthening civil society in Europe.
The first deadlines are already getting close. The recent EC calls in Science and Society - which already close on 18th March - focus on ‘Public understanding of science and promotion of public debate’ as well as on ‘Exchanges and co-operation of local actors on scientific culture’ - expecting actions for the development of a scientific culture at the local level by bringing together relevant local actors involved in science, culture, entertainment, education, local economical development and citizens‘ participation.

You can download a pdf copy of the newsletter here.
The online edition of the current newsletter can be read here.

CIPAST Database

To support the struc-turing of an expanded network of European organizations already involved or interested in participatory processes regarding scientific and technological issues. the CIPAST consortium decided to set up a database, in order to facilitate knowledge and information transfer between the members of the network.
The link to the CIPAST database can be found here on the CIPAST website. For further information, please contact the database manager at or the webmaster at

Participatory Methods Toolkit: A practitioner

How can participation be organised? What methods are available and when and how are they applied? What are the implications for the budget and staff? To offer a few answers to these questions, the 'Toolkit on participatory methods' contains a presentation of different methods, a step-by-step, a hands-on manual with detailed checklists, and realistic expectations of outcomes. Within a few weeks, the toolkit will be available in French, Dutch and probably in German. You can download a free copy at

The 2nd CIPAST training workshop on public deliberation
was based on participants input

Based on the results of the first CIPAST training workshop, held in Dresden, June 2006, the Procida-Naples workshop aimed at fostering organisational learning, dissemination of good practices across institutions and countries, as well as critical self-reflection. 
The wonderful mediterranean atmosphere of the island of Procida in the Gulf of Naples and the phantastic organisation by the host Cittá della Scienza allowed a fruitful 
exchange of experience and expertise and offered much scope for establishing contacts or consolidating networking.  

Case studies and Poster sessions
The 2nd CIPAST training workshop"How to design and organise public deliberation" from June 17th to June 21st 2007 presented the state of the art of knowledge on public participation in science and technology and refered to concrete experiences in European countries.
After introductory lectures the participants worked on concrete case studies, offered by the CIPAST consortium but also introduced by the participants themselves. 
Many of the case studies which could not have been selected for a detailed discussion in work groups were prepared as posters and presented during the workshop's poster session. Some questions and experiences raised in the participants' case experiences were also adapted for a discussion in the workshop's Open Space session. 
You can download the presentations and case study materials from the subpage 'workshop programme'.

More to come soon - knowing that you wait for the pictures. But your comments are also welcome. Please send me your Procida impressions and experiences.
Yours, Norbert Steinhaus (

Learn more about the 2nd CIPAST training workshop:
Background - Workshop programme 
Case studies and support material (last update 13 June 2007)
Submitted posters (last update 25 June 2007)


Dresden workshop outcomes available

From June 26th to 28th, 2006, the CIPAST consortium organized a training workshop at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany, on citizen participation in science and technology.
This workshop was designed for people who have a strong interest in public participation in science and technology, who may already have organized participatory exercises or are willing to do so, or who simply want to learn more about public participation.
70 participants from 23 countries informed themselves about the state of the art of public participation in science and technology and listened to concrete experiences from different European countries and took part in productive and stimulating discussions. The workshop training activities included general lectures but also special sessions, using participatory exercises.
Please see the presentations available.


For the first time 60 European patient organizations on a view

A grouping of organizations according to goals, modes of operation and disease symptoms
Who became ill with cancer, Multiplis Sclerosis or AIDS, who searches detailed information about breath or heart illnesses or wants to know about the state of the art of European-wide research, now gets respectable and detailed assistance. 60 European patient organizations are described according to different disease symptoms. It is described how these organizations work, which goals they direct and at which national organizations patients get further advice and assistance.

Bringing together European organisations

The regulation of scientific-techno-logical innovation becomes more and more hazardous for decision makers. Taking genetic modified organisms, nanotechnology or intensive care medicine as examples: Will the political, economic or social conse-quences of todays decisions be justified in 10 or 20 years? What if the decisions have been wrong?
New governance strategies are based on a principle of partnership between the state, experts, stake-holder interests and citizens. Partnership brings more different values and knowledge to solve problems.

More about CIPAST

The CIPAST-Project
aims at bringing together different families of experienced actors from organisations with significant experiences in the use of participatory procedures in scientific and technological issues. Twelve organisations from seven countries co-operate in this three year project to achieve and encourage improved knowledge and experience transfer between European actors and decision-makers involved in participatory initiatives by structuring a network, disseminating good practices and circulating relevant information.

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