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What can we do for tomorrow? New sensitivities for long-term governance 
Stefania Sardo (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
Laura Müller (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
Sophie Kuppler (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Dirk Scheer (Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the normative and structural challenges of long-term governance in addressing complex and uncertain societal issues, with a particular emphasis on the role of scientists in ensuring a socially and environmentally just process.

Long Abstract:

Contemporary societies face unprecedent challenges that are complex, uncertain, involve multiple interconnected entities, and span different levels of governance. To effectively resolve these challenges, enduring governance processes must be designed, based on principles of social and environmental justice. As part of this governance process, scientists and experts are often assigned the task of developing scenarios and assessing potential solutions, thus significantly influencing our collective futures.

For this panel, we welcome contributions that specifically address the following topics:

- The role of scientists in shaping long-term governance structures and processes. This includes not only providing assessments of potential solutions to social challenges, but also facilitating decision-making based on information coming from emerging and interested publics. What are the new sensitivities that scientists should have in order to play this role effectively? How should future foresight and technology assessment methodologies be revised to meet these needs? How can scientists handle the call from politics for quick assessments of rapidly evolving technologies in the context of long-term governance?

- Strategies and mechanisms that promote responsible and responsive governance over time, taking into account evolving circumstances and knowledge. This includes considerations of the appropriate evaluation processes that should accompany long-term governance. Which structural challenges arise and how can they be effectively addressed?

This Combined Format panel will consist of two sessions. The first will follow a more traditional format and consist of short presentations; the second will be structured as a roundtable on common themes with the presenters. We therefore welcome both conceptual and empirical contributions.

Accepted contributions: