Inspiring and Anchoring Trust in Science, Research and Innovation (IANUS)

  • Project team:

    Coenen, Christopher (Project leader); Martina Baumann, Zeki Seskir, Kai Soedibjo, Dana Mahr, Adrian Schmidt

  • Funding:

    Horizon 4.2 – Reforming and enhancing the European R&I System

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  • Project partners:

    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Tartu, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Sapienza University of Rome, London School of Economics and Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Research Council of Lithuania, AcumenIST

  • Research group:

    Life, Innovation, Health, and Technology

Project description

The IANUS project aims to strengthen warranted trust in science, technology, and innovation. It will enable citizens, stakeholders, and researchers to (1) distinguish warranted from unwarranted trust in science, technology, medicine, and innovation, (2) deal with uncertainties and epistemic pluralism inherent in scientific knowledge, and (3) engage in and with research and development in radically new ways with regard to transparency and societal co-creation, using a wide variety of methods and exemplary past and current controversies.

Building also on insights and results from other projects funded under EU Framework Programmes, IANUS will (1) map the discursive landscape, (2) develop a conceptual framework, (3) conduct participatory research into conditions of trust in science, technology, and innovation, (4) initiate concrete actions to strengthen trust through societal co-creation and engagement, (5) provide policy recommendations to key stakeholders in science and society, and (6) create platforms for interaction and participation  between scientists and societal stakeholders to foster trust.

In IANUS, ITAS is mainly responsible for the societal co-creation activities, in which a wide range of researchers and stakeholders will work together with the IANUS consortium on a variety of exemplary controversies in science, technology, and innovation, using a wide range of methods, including novel experimental ones. ITAS also contributes to (1) the conceptual framework, (2) an analysis of past and ongoing EU projects and their results with regard to trust and distrust relationships, (3) the organization of stakeholder workshops, (4) the assessment of participatory approaches, and (5) dissemination activities.

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Dipl.-Pol. Christopher Coenen
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-24559