Improved Knowledge

In recent years, quite a few experiences of public participation in science and technology have taken place in European countries. However, this did not lead to global learning process since such experiences were conducted using a variety of contexts, problems and participatory processes. It is now necessary to foster organisational learning, dissemination of good practices across institutions and countries, as well as critical self-reflection.

CIPAST Training Workshop:
How to design and organize public deliberation

The following presentations of the CIPAST workshop are currently available:

Evaluation, by Dr. Alison Mohr, Centre of the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

Nano Jury UK: the Reflection Team´s/ 'Evaluators' Perspective, by Dr. Tee Rogers-Hayden & Prof. Nick Pidgeon, School of Psychology, University of Cardiff

Introduction to citizen participation in science and technology, by Pierre-Benoit Joly, INRA/TSV, France

How to design and organize a public deliberation project, by Gy Larsen and Ida-Elisabeth Anderson, the Danish Board of Technology

Citizen’s participation: Some basic principles and how to manage them, by André Krom, Rathenau Institute, The Netherlands

How to achieve impact? by by Pierre-Benoit Joly, INRA/TSV, France

Pierre-Benoît Joly André Krom

Ida-Elisabeth Anderson & Gy Larsen

European Citizens Deliberations Meeting of Minds, by Philippe Galiay, European Commission, Research DG, C2 Unit «Scientific Advice and Governance»

GM Vines: The iTA exercice as a real experiment, by Pierre-Benoit Joly, INRA/TSV, France

Danish local scenario workshops on “Ocean Rise”, by Soren Gram, the Danish Board of Technology

Public lecture of Prof. Wolfgang van den Daele, Director of the research unit „Standard-setting and Environment“, from the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany on:

"Citizens Participation
and the Governance of Science and Technology"

You can download the audio file
of this lecture (30Mb) here.

You can download the presented posters here:

`Overview´, ‘Consensus conference’, ‘Scenario workshops’,
Citizen juries’, ‘Future search’, Focus groups’ and
Interactive Technology Assessment’.


The training workshops of the CIPAST consortium are instrumental tools to achieve this objective. They aim at gathering practitioners and users of participatory methods & procedures around training activities. Two training workshops will be organised:
· Dresden Training Workshop, June 2006
· Naples Training Workshop, June 2007
These workshops will present the state of the art knowledge on public participation in science and technology and will refer to concrete experiences in European countries. Training activities will include general lectures but also special sessions, using participatory exercises. They are presented below.






Poster session
In Dresden the participants had the possibility to discuss the various methodologies in this poster session. The methodologies exposed in the poster included an `Overview´and posters on ‘Consensus conference’, ‘Scenario workshops’, ‘Citizen juries’, ‘Future search’, ‘Interactive Technology Assessment’, and ‘Focus groups’.





The expression “surgery” was used to design “consulting rooms” where participants had the possibility to interact more closely with CIPAST experts. The themes of the surgery were defined in the first session of the Training Workshop (Introduction to Citizens participation) using a brainstorming method called Metaplan.

Case studies
The three case studies presented in this workshop gave participants the opportunity to discuss the key problems and stakes associated with the design, implementation and use of participatory exercises:
- UK Nanojury, a citizen’s jury on nanotechnology
- French interactive assessment of GM Vine Research
- Danish local scenario workshops on “Ocean Rise”

You can download a leaflet as pdf-file which presents this first CIPAST Training Workshop "How to design and organize public deliberation for science and technology" here.

You can read the detailed programme by following the link: >>more

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