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Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment (PACITA)

Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment (PACITA)
Project team:

Hennen, Leonhard (Project leader); Constanze Scherz, Linda Nierling, Armin Grunwald, Michael Decker, António Brandão Moniz, Julia Hahn, Stefanie Seitz


European Union

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Project partners:

Danish Board of Technology (Kopenhagen, Project coordination); Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Rathenau Institute (Den Haag); Norwegian Board of Technology (Oslo); Institute of Technology Assessment (Wien); Applied Research and Communication Fund (Sofia); Institute of Technology, Chemistry and Biology (Lissabon); Institute Society and Technology (Flandern, Brüssel); Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (Barcelona); Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment (Bern); Association Knowledge Economy Forum (Litauen); Technology Centre ASCR (Prag); Scientific and Public Involvement in Risk Allocation (Lüttich); University College Cork (Irland); Secretariat of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest)

Research group:

Knowledge society and knowledge policy

Project description


The project "Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment" (PACITA) is funded under the European Commission's FP7 Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan. The project aims at distributing capacity and enhancing the institutional foundations for knowledge-based policy-making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, mainly based upon the practices in Parliamentary Technology Assessment (PTA).

PTA supports the processes of democratic policy-making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, by providing comprehensive insight into knowledge on opportunities and consequences, by facilitating democratic processes of debate and clarification, and by formulating policy options:

  • Document these practices
  • Describe schemes for using them nationally and at European level
  • Establish a set of training schemes for users and practitioners
  • Establish a Web Portal to European TA expertise
  • Create a debate on such practices in countries, which do not have them formally established
  • Involve experts, societal actors and politicians in European debates on these practices
  • Organize three large example-projects on expert-based praxis, stakeholder involvement and citizen consultation
  • Support this with a strong dissemination strategy towards policy-makers, the scientific community, media - notably in countries without a developed TA infrastructure

The consortium has 15 partners from national/regional parliamentary offices for science and technology; science academies; research institutions; universities and civil society organisations.

Project website: PACITA

volta — Science, Technology and Society in Europe

Issue Date Focus Download
1 12/2011 Special report on energy technology VOLTA 1
2 06/2012 Special report on critical infrastructures Volta Issue 2
3 11/2012 Special report on nanotechnology and food Volta Issue 3
4 4/2013 Special report on the blurring boundaries between Biology and Technology Volta Issue 4
5 10/2013 Special report on Big Data Volta Issue 5
6 04/2014 Special report on Genetic Privacy volta Issue 6



Dr. Leonhard Hennen
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 228 30818-34