You can download the posters and the presentations of the CIPAST Training Workshop: How to design and organize public deliberation, here:
Experience in public participation has reached a critical mass. Organisa-tional learning, dissemination of good practices across institutions and countries, as well as critical self-reflection are now to be achieved among practitioners and users of participatory methods & procedures.
Public participation has its roots in various arenas and bodies which belong to different spheres and are not always linked together. The CIPAST consortium aims to bring these actors together. Pooling their various capacities, and integrating their various contextual perspectives through a common platform, will provide an opportunity to disseminate useful practices more efficiently. The overall objective is to boost innovation and foster the emergence of a European culture of participatory democracy in scientific and technological issues.
Each of the three “levels of decision” mentioned above implies different requirements and conditions for public participation and influence differently the implementation of participatory procedures, including:
For example, participation in research development is likely to be on a small
scale, involving small numbers of participants with particular ‘life experience’
and vested interests (such as patients organisations etc), whereas participation
aimed at wider social diffusion and assessment is likely to involve larger
numbers of ‘members of the public’ in an open setting (such as provided by
public museums). Likewise, intra-institutional participation may be based on
focus-group and similar methodologies, whereas participation in open, public
forums may be based on interactive, deliberative methodologies supported by
various communication tools, such as video-conferencing and the