CIPAST Newsletter October 2005

The quarterly CIPAST newsletter is the additional information tool to the CIPAST Discussion list and the Forum Debate with its brief information and ongoing discussion with reports and articles that represent the current situation of participatory procedures in Europe.Please find below the contributions to this first issue of the CIPAST newsletter.


There is a pdf version of the newsletter you can download here (369 kb).


The next issue will be published in January 2006. Please feel free to contribute.


Table of Contents



Partnerships and Public Participation
CIPAST: Transfer of expertise and training activities

The regulation of scientific-technological 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 consequences of todays decisions be justified in 10 or 20 years? What if the decisions have been wrong? >>more

Project to engage the public in a debate on nanotechnologies and nanosciences

The development of nanotechnologies and nanosciences (N&N) is still at an early stage, but the market for nanotechnology-based products is expected to rise to hundreds of billions of euro by 2010. NanoDialogue is a recently launched project to foster public debate on the developments of research in this field. >>more

Nanologue launched
Europe-wide dialogue launched on benefits, risks and social, ethical and legal implications of nanotechnologies

Nanologue, an European Commission-funded project, was launched in February 2005, bringing together leading researchers from across Europe to facilitate an international dialogue on the social, ethical and legal benefits and potential impacts of nanoscience and nanotechnologies. >>more

A democratic tool to influence how new technologies are developed

A citizens' jury is like a legal jury in that they will give a 'verdict' after being presented with information and perspectives from a range of different witnesses. The NanoJury UK brought together twenty randomly-chosen people from different backgrounds who heard evidence about a wide range of possible futures, and the role that nanotechnologies might play in them. >>more

Meeting of Minds
European Citizens’ Deliberation on Brain Science

Meeting of Minds is a two-year pilot project led by a European panel of 126 citizens. A consortium of technology assessment bodies, science museums, academic institutions and public foundations from nine European countries launched this initiative in 2004 with the support of the European Commission. It will give European citizens a unique opportunity to learn more about the impact of brain research on their daily lives and society as a whole and discuss their questions and ideas with leading European researchers. >>more


ForSociety ERA-Net is a sustainable and dynamic network, where national foresight programme managers co-ordinate their activities and - on the basis of shared knowledge on relevant issues, methodologies, legal and financial frameworks - regularly develop and implement efficient trans-national foresight programmes that significantly enrich both the national and the European research and innovation systems. See for details.
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See through Science
Why public engagement needs to move upstream

Debates about risk are important. But the public also want answers to the more fundamental questions at stake in any new technology. Spurred on by high profile controversies over BSE, GM crops and now nanotechnology, scientists have gradually started to involve the public in their work. In ‘See-through Science’, James Wilsdon and Rebecca Willis from ‘Demos’ – an organisation which explains itself as a think tank for everyday democracy – argue that we are on the cusp of a new phase in debates over science and society: Public engagement is about to move upstream. This publication offers practical guidance for scientists, policymakers, research councils businesses and NGOs – anyone who is trying to make engagement work. See for more details or download a pdf copy here.

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