Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Knowledge policy

Project description

Within the last years, the meaning of scientific knowledge in society has changed. The knowledge oriented self-conception of science as a place of contemplation, experimentation, and theorizing with no practical relevance in accordance with the ideal of ancient physics that has started its triumphal march from there, today, is found only partially in science. However, other scientific fields are integrated into society’s decision making processes and are changed by these. The background of this development is that during decision making- and policy-shaping processes knowledge - also needed for political opinion forming - is being retrieved.

Through large research programs and new forms of organization (e. g. Helmholtz association) new ways of scientific production are firmly institutionalized. Science is challenged to re-evaluate these scientific ways of production as well as to review them with regard to the question of how far basic research should and could also be societally relevant. Therefore, the achievement potentials of this “new” form of scientific knowledge must be reviewed with regard to their societal relevance and aligned with overriding ways of looking at the problem. Beside the production (1) of scientific knowledge, looking at the consumption (2) and at the transformation (3) of scientific knowledge could offer an analytical frame.

Relating dissertation projects:

  • Dipl.-Ing. Christian Dieckhoff: Empirische Untersuchung der Entstehungsprozesse von Energieszenarien (2007-2010) (Empirical Analysis of the Construction Processes of Energy Scenarios); supervision and mentoring: Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald (ITAS), Torsten Fleischer (ITAS)
  • Dipl.-Pol. Simon Pfersdorf: Analyse der Wissenspolitik durch Diskurse am Beispiel der Nanotechnologie (Arbeitstitel) (2009-2012) (Analysis of knowledge policy by discourses on the example of nanotechnology – working title); supervision and mentoring: Prof. Reiner Keller (Universität Koblenz-Landau), Prof. Dr. Gotthard Bechmann (ITAS)
  • Dipl.-Soz. Anna Schleisiek: Ökonomische Prinzipien und wissenschaftliche Praxis. Fallstudienbasierte Untersuchung von Materialforschungsgruppen (2010-2013) (Analysis of materials research groups based on case studies); supervision and mentoring: Bettina Krings (ITAS), Prof. Dr. Uwe Schimank (Universität Bremen)
  • Dipl.-Sozialwissenschaftlerin Constanze Scherz: Wissenschaftliche Politikberatung im Wandel. Probleme, Herausforderungen und Lösungswege vor dem Hintergrund des Expertendilemmas (Scientific policy consulting in transition. Problems, challenges and potential solutions in view of the experts dilemma); supervision and mentoring: Prof. Dr. Gotthard Bechmann (ITAS), Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn (University of Stuttgart)

Publications


2012
Journal Articles
Pfersdorf, S. P.
Governing nanotechnology through stakeholder dialogues: the example of the German NanoKommission.
2012. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 10, 45–60 
Presentations
Pfersdorf, S.-P.
Gesellschaftlicher Umgang mit Unsicherheiten als Wissenspolitik. Wissensregime bei der Nanotechnologie?.
2012. Forschungskolloquium zum Sommersemester in der Universität Augsburg (2012), Augsburg, Germany, July 10, 2012 
2011
Book Chapters
Bechmann, G.
Denken in Wahrscheinlichkeiten.
2011. Spannungsgeladen : Die Zukunft der Energieversorgung München : oekom, 2011 (Politische Ökologie ; 2011,126), 26–31 
Journal Articles
Bechmann, G.
The life in the modern risk society: Technological catastrophe.
2011. Filozofia Nauki (Philosophical Sciences), (8), 39–43 
2010
Presentations
Büscher, C.
Die Beobachtung der Wissenschaft: Kognitive und normative Gehalte im Diskurs um die NBIC Konvergenz.
2010. Rückkehr der Regulierung: Wissen, Theorie und Instrumente : Graduiertenkolleg 724 ’Auf dem Weg in die Wissensgesellschaft’, Bielefeld, 2.-3.Dezember 2010 
2009
Book Chapters
Bechmann, G.; Büscher, C.; Pfersdorf, S.-P.
Converging technologies and NBIC as topics for “knowledge politics”.
2009. Knowledge NBIC. Knowledge politics and new converging technologies: A social science perspective. Hrsg.: European Commission, 90–102, European Commission (EU) 
Journal Articles
Büscher, C.
Converging Technologies und NBIC als Gegenstand von Wissenspolitik?.
2009. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 18 (2), 36–43 
Presentations
Büscher, C.
Converging technologies and NBIC as examples for knowledge politics.
2009. Society for Philosophy & Technology. International Conference (SPT 2009), Enschede, Netherlands, July 7–10, 2009 
Büscher, C.
Konvergierende Technologien und NBIC als Objekt von “Wissenspolitik”.
2009. 9. aprentas-Forum (2009), Basel, Switzerland, November 24, 2009 
2008
Presentations
Büscher, C.
Wissenspolitik am Beispiel von NBIC.
2008. Workshop ’Wissensordnung und Technikgestaltung in der Wissenschaftsgesellschaft’, Karlsruhe, 10.-11.November 2008 

Contact

Prof. Dr. Gotthard Bechmann
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe
Germany