CIPAST Newsletter April 2007
The next issue will be published in June 2007. Please feel free to contribute.
How to design and organize public deliberation?
2nd CIPAST training workshop including public events,
June, 17th - 21st, 2007, Naples
The CIPAST consortium invites you to join the second training workshop on ‘How to design and organise public deliberation’ in Naples, Italy, from June 17th to June 21st 2007. Registration is possible until April, 27th, 2007.
Besides the exchange of experience and expertise and much scope for establishing contacts or consolidating networking, the workshop will present the state of the art knowledge on public participation in science and technology and will refer to concrete experiences in European countries.
The CIPAST Database
The CIPAST platform intends to support the structuring of an expanded network of European organizations already involved or interested in participatory processes regarding scientific and technological issues. With this objective in mind, 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. If you are interested to be listed in the database you are kindly asked to fill the registration forms on the CIPAST website. For further information, please contact the database manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or the webmaster at email@example.com.
European Citizens’ Consultations
Making citizens’ voices heard in the debate about the future of Europe
The European Citizens’ Consultations are the first-ever pan-European debate to involve citizens from all 27 Member States of the European Union into the de-bate about the Future of Europe. A carefully crafted process design allows them to deliberate across the boundaries of geography and language. The selec-tion procedures ensure that citizens are randomly selected while reflecting the diversity of the EU’s population. Professional stage and group facilitation smoothes the exchange of opinions among citizens and lets them develop their ideas regarding the future of Europe. Simultaneous and interlinked events across Europe allow citizens to share and enjoy a truly European experience. A transparent and accountable follow-up ensures that the citizens’ ideas are communicated to policy-makers and that citizens are informed about what happened to their input and what happens next. The objective of this project is to engage citizens ...>>more
Budapest Science Café
The Science Café in Budapest is a place where famous British thinkers and researchers come together to lecture and create sparkling debates over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. >>more
The European Citizens’ Panel: A pilot initiative to collect citizens’ opinions on the future role for rural areas in tomorrow’s Europe
Politicians are not making use of important research results. This is one con-clusion from an extensive three-part study carried out by the Swedish organisa-tion Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA) into Swedish politicians’ attitudes to science and researchers.
The study involved a survey of national and local politicians, an analysis of science-related material in political party magazines and those of their youth organisations, and a book “Kunskapsbiten”, in which 18 politicians and re-searchers give their views on the relationship between politics and science. To download a complete summary of these studies in English click here.
86% of politicians believe that medical research has a great influence on the development of society. This is followed by technology and natural science (72%), whilst for humanities and social sciences the figure is only 39%. The policy areas most influenced by research results, according to politicians, are health, the environment and energy.
Three quarters of politicians think that researchers should communicate more with the public about their research. The majority of politicians have research contacts and report positive experiences of these contacts. The internet however remains politicians’ main source of information.
For further information please contact Karin Hermansson, Research Manager at VA, firstname.lastname@example.org , tel. +46 8 611 3047, www.v-a.se .
The 3rd Living Knowledge conference
The 3rd Living Knowledge conference
The conference will provide a forum where information on community based research, carried out in both community and academic settings, on new forms of partnerships between research and civil society and on new modes of innovation, can be shared and developed. It aims at disseminating and exchanging in-formation on community based and participatory research, on citizens’ science and cooperative innovation. The conference themes are:
Registration for the conference is open now!