2nd CIPAST training workshop including public events
How to design and organize public deliberation?
June, 17th - 21st, 2007, Naples, Italy

Objectives, Participants, Pedagocical principles
In recent years, quite a few experiences of public participation in science and technology have taken place in European countries. Also, within the European ‘Science and Society Action Plan’, more active public participation is identified as one of the key ways for improving the relationships between science and society. However, this did not lead to global learning process yet 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. The training workshops of the CIPAST consortium are instrumental tools to achieve this objective. They aim at gathering users and stakeholders, as well as researchers interested in participatory methods & procedures.


The aim of the Naples training workshop was to foster exchange of expertise on public participation in science and technology and consolidate networking. The workshop presented the state of the art knowledge on public participation in science and technology and referred to concrete experiences in European countries. The workshop was also designed in order to test training tools. Drawing on this workshop, the CIPAST consortium will produce a training package, available through its website, for further training initiatives.

This workshop proposed activities adapted to suit several levels. Therefore it welcomed 80 people from 20 countries who have a strong interest in public participation in science and technology, who already have organised participatory exercises, or who simply wanted to learn more about public participation.

Pedagogical principles
The Naples training workshop allowed much time and space for contributions from participants, either by carrying out participatory exercises or by discussing projects within the workshop. Training activities included special sessions as presented below. In addition to a presentation of state of the art theory and practice, participants were proposed to engage actively in the training workshop.

Poster sessions
CIPAST members presented and discussed various methodologies of public participation. Participants also had the possibility to present their own posters on Citizen Participation in Science and Technology. See the posters here


Case studies
Participants worked in small groups on case studies constructed in a way which lead them to work as if they were in a “real life” situation. Supported by CIPAST members, participants performed a task which illustrated some of the difficulties of the design and implementation of public participation in practice: choice of a procedure, drafting of a rationale for public participation for a given policy maker, or writing a press release, etc. A support materials' folder is available for each case study. Every participant had the possibility to work on at least two such studies: one proposed by CIPAST members and one prepared by CIPAST members on the basis of the results of the call for proposals from December 2006.

Open Space Technology will be the opportunity for participants to present and discuss specific experiences or transversal questions. This method is a self-organising practice that enables groups of any size to address complex, important issues and accomplish meaningful work. It releases the inherent creativity and leadership in people by inviting them to take responsibility for what they care about. Open Space establishes a marketplace of inquiry, where people offer topics of interest, reflect, learn and work together. Learn more about Open Space Technology 

Workshop Programme

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

Case Studies Materials

The Case Study is conceived as a problem-solving exercise. Therefore, the idea is to develop tools that enable participants to work in small groups with the assistance of CIPAST members. Some tasks were

  • To reframe the issue, from the large contextualisation given in the support materials to a more specific one
  • To describe the procedure to be used and justify the choice
  • To establish the role assigned to communication and the media

A support materials’ folder is available on this website containing:

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