Participation, decisions, dialogue, science, technological
In recent years there has been an increased interest to different forms of dialogue and participation around emerging technologies. The attention and concern they have elicited is due primarily to the fact that many techno-scientific innovations raise broad issues that touch on the ethical, social, economic and political spheres, attracting public interest by virtue of their potential implications for the environment, health and life. So the political significance of such issues is clearly decisive: who is to decide, and how, on these applications? Is it possible to make decisions that fully assess the possible costs and benefits of using the innovations concerned? Who can be held accountable for any adverse repercussions?
This track aims to discuss how the turn towards two-way public dialogue in the field of science and technology has affected practices of innovation. The focus is on dialogue procedures, which aim primarily to contribute to deliberation and learning among participants, i.e. citizens, civil society organizations as well as scientists. Such events have been described as producing change in the relation of science and society. However, the quality of these discussion events is at stake in terms of strategies, processes and results. We would like to collect both theoretical contributions and research papers which address for example case studies in public participation, the role of different stakeholders in exploiting discussion arenas and the implications for socio technological innovation.
The papers will be presented in the order shown in one session