The Danish Board of Technology (DBT)

The Danish Board of Technology was brought into being in order to disseminate knowledge about technology, its possibilities and its effects on people, on society and on the environment. The Board is supposed to promote the ongoing discussion about technology, to evaluate technology and to advise the Danish Parliament (the Folketing) and other governmental bodies in matters pertaining to technology. The methodology used ranges from traditional expert based analysis, parliamentary debates and participatory methods involving stakeholders and lay people to public debate and enlightenment activities.

The DBT is also a member of the EPTA network (European Parliamentary Technology Assessment)  and has been involved in numerous European projects over the past few years including Meeting of MindsEUROPTA (European Participatory Technology Assessment),  EASW (European Awareness Scenario Workshop, ), ADAPTA (Assessing Debate And Participative Technology Assessment) and TAMI (Technology Assessment - Methods and Impact).

The Danish Board of Technology is an independent body established by the Danish Parliament (the Folketing) in 1995 and is the successor of the Technology Board, which was set up as a statutory body in 1986. The Ministry of Research is the supervising authority for the Board and the Parliament's Research Committee is the Board's steady liaison to the Parliament. Once a year, an annual report is submitted to the Parliament and the government.

Since 1990, The DBT has extensively contributed to the development of participatory methods by developing both the Consensus Conference (link ) with the participation of lay people and the Scenario Workshop methodology. The DBT has also played a major role in the dissemination and teaching of participatory methods around the world, notably through consultancy and training courses on Consensus Conferences and Scenario Workshops. As part of its innovation activities, the DBT conducted a new type of Consensus conference called "Room for Development" on Electronic Patient Journals in 2002.

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