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Impact assessment and formative evaluation as a core element of transformative research in real-world labs 
Franziska Sörgel (KIT)
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Oliver Parodi (Karlsruhe Transformation Centre KIT)
Daniel Lang (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Marius Albiez (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
Franziska Sörgel (KIT)
Richard Beecroft (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology)
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

The panel discusses the importance of real-world laboratory research in addressing sustainability challenges. This aims to align experimental strategies and data collection with STS perspectives, addressing epistemological and ethical questions and revealing core principles of sustainability.

Long Abstract:

The combined format open panel discusses the role of real-world labortatories (RWLs) in problem-solving, societal action, and knowledge production. RWLs contribute to sustainability transformation by developing and testing innovative solutions for socio-technical and socio-ecological systems, and creating evidence for understanding transformational processes. The panel aims to explore how real-world lab researchers can maintain case-specific logic of transformation while producing data for quality control, comparison, and aggregation. It also explores how experimental strategies and data collection can support transformative mechanisms and provide insights for STS studies.

This panel aims to explore the objectives of knowledge acquisition, the design of real-world experiments, and the methodologies used in technology-related RWLs with the following:

Methods Vernissage (Workshop): This session invites participants to a “methods vernissage“, introducing real-world lab research for all those who are not familiar with it in a highly engaging and hands-on way, making a broad spectrum of methodological approaches visible and tangible. Participants will gain insights into tested methods and foster collaborative exchanges. ( Open call for exhibits in this vernissage is intended.)

Paper Session: The session will discuss new impact assessment and evaluation strategies for real-world lab experiments, focusing on the interplay between methodology for transdisciplinary, transformative, and epistemological purposes. The discussion will be based on empirically well-grounded experience to capture the state of the art.

Dialogue Session: This session invites 4 to 5 papers that highlight how new impact assessment strategies capture the core of the experimental activities and produce data for cross-case analysis, starting by a brief (10’) input about RWL architecture. In a co-creative design process in smaller groups, we will sketch out RWL features that enable an integrated impact assessment and formative and discuss their potential and limitations. (We will ask for a case study on RWL architecture but could provide one ourselves if needed.)

Accepted contributions:

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