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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

Funding:

European Union

Start date:

2011

End date:

2015

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

Logo PACITA
Logo PACITA

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

Publications


2017
Journal Articles
2016
Book Chapters
Hennen, L.; Nierling, L.; Mosoni-Fried, J.
Expanding the TA landscape - lessons from seven European countries.
2016. Policiy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe : Expanding Capacities. Ed.: L. Klüver, 37–56, Palgrave Macmillan, London. doi:10.1007/978-1-137-56172-5_4
Scherz, C.; Hebakova, L.; Hennen, L.; Michalek, T.; Hahn, J.; Seitz, S. B.
Building community - or why we need on ongoing conference platform for TA.
2016. Policiy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe : Expanding Capacities. Ed.: L. Klüver, 139–146, Palgrave Macmillan, London. doi:10.1007/978-1-137-56172-5_13Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
2015
Journal Articles
Borrmann, V.; Dewald, U.; Jahnel, J.; Lacey, J.; Kühl, Y.
The 2nd PACITA conference: A lively picture of (parliamentary) TA.
2015. Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, 24 (2), 97–101 Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Scherz, C.; Hahn, J.
Platforms for the future.
2015. volTA - Science, Technology and Society in Europe, (8), 19 
Conference Papers
Scherz, C.; Michalek, T.; Hennen, L.; Hebakova, L.; Hahn, J.; Seitz, S. B.
The next horizon of technology assessment. Introduction.
2015. The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment. Proceedings from the PACITA 2015 Conference in Berlin. Ed.: C. Scherz, 11–15, Technology Centre ASCR, Prague 
Conference Proceedings
Scherz, C.; Michalek, T.; Hennen, L.; Hebakova, L.; Hahn, J.; Seitz, S. B.
The next horizon of technology assessment. Introduction.
2015. Proceedings of the 2nd European TA Conference, Berlin, February 25-27, 2015 Prague : Technology Centre ASCR, 2015 
Presentations
Grunwald, A.
Anticipation between prediction and speculation: Different modes of orientation.
2015. Planning, Prediction, Scenarios - Using Simulations and Maps : Annual EA Conference, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, May 12, 2015 
Scherz, C.
Technikfolgen abschätzen - zwischen Innovation und Verantwortung.
2015. Tagung "3D - Welt im Druck?" (2015), Tutzing, Germany, March 20–22, 2015 
2014
Conference Papers
Böschen, S.
Regional climates: Participation and collective experiments on a local level.
2014. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions : Proceedings from the PACITA 2013 Conference, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013. Ed.: T. Michalek, 143–149, Technology Centre ASCR, Praha, CZ 
Böschen, S.
Opening the black box: Scientific expertise and democratic culture.
2014. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions : Proceedings from the PACITA 2013 Conference, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013. Ed.: T. Michalek, 37–47, Technology Centre ASCR, Praha, CZ 
Hennen, L.; Nierling, L.
Expanding the TA landscape. Barriers and opportunities for establishing technology assessment in seven European countries.
2014. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions : Proceedings from the PACITA 2013 Conference, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013. Ed.: T. Michalek, 67–74, Technology Centre ASCR, Prague 
Moretto, S.; Brandão Moniz, A.
Sustainability and discontinuities in high-speed train futures.
2014. Technology assessment and policy areas of great transitions. Proceedings from the PACITA 2013 conference in Prague, March 13 - 15, 2013. Ed.: T. Michalek, 271–277, Technology Centre ASCR, Prague 
Pfersdorf, M.; Stahl, B.; Wakunuma, K.; Revel, S.-P.
Civil society organisations in research governance.
2014. Technology assessment and policy areas of great transitions. Proceedings from the PACITA 2013 Conference in Prague 13.-15.03.2013 Ed.: L. Michalek, 133–142, Technology Centre ASCR, Prag, Tschechien 
Pfersdorf, S.; Stahl, B. C.; Wakunuma, K.; Revel, S.-P.
Civil society organisations in research governance.
2014. Technology assessment and policy areas of great transitions. Proceedings from the PACITA 2013, Prague, CZ, 13.-15.03.2013. Ed.: M.L. Hennen, 133–142, Technology Centre ASCR, Prague, CZ 
Conference Proceedings
Michalek, T.; Hebakova, L.; Hennen, L.; Scherz, C.; Nierling, L.; Hahn, J. (Eds.).
Technology assessment and policy areas of great transitions. Proceedings from the PACITA 2013 conference in Prague, [March 13 - 15, 2013].
2014. Technology Centre ASCR, Prague 
2013
Book Chapters
Hennen, L.
Parliamentary technology assessment in Europe and the role of public participation.
2013. O’Doherty, K. [Hrsg.] Public Engagement and Emerging Technologies Vancouver [u.a.] : UBC Press, 2013, 27–44 
Journal Articles
Nierling, L.; Puhe, M.; Reichenbach, M.; Seitz, S. B.; Scherz, C.
The International TA Community Comes Together - Once Again Please! - Tagungsbericht.
2013. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 22 (2), 101–105 Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Seitz, S. B.; Maia, M. J. F.; Velloso, G. T.
Once you have a hammer ... - Second PACITA Practitioners’ Meeting - Workshop on TA methods. - Tagungsbericht.
2013. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 22 (3), 81–83 
Presentations
Böschen, S.
Opening the black box: Scientific expertise and democratic culture.
2013. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013 
Böschen, S.
Regional climates: participation and collective experimentation at local level.
2013. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013 
Nierling, L.
Introduction to the session: Author meets critics.
2013. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013 
Nierling, L.; Hennen, L.
A second wave of technology assessment? Comparative findings from Europe.
2013. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013 
Pfersdorf, S.; Stahl, B.; Fedulova, I.
Civil society organisations in research governance.
2013. 1st PACITA Conference on Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions (2013), Praha, Slovakia, March 13–15, 2013 
2012
Presentations
Hennen, L.; Nierling, L.
A new landscape of TA in Europe? First comparative findings from the PACITA explorative country studies.
2012. International Workshop on Expanding the TA-Landscape in Europe, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), November 15-16, 2012 
Moniz, A.
Parliamentary TA models and institutions in Europe.
2012. Parliamentary and Civil Technology Assessment Workshop I, Budapest, H, May 22, 2012 
Moniz, A.
The problem definition and the research design in TA: the case of e-mobility.
2012. Renewable Energy Systems : Role and Use of Parliamentary Technology Assessment ; PACITA Summer School, Liege, F, June 25-28, 2012 
Other
Hennen, L.; Nierling, L.; Hebakova, L.
Parliamentary TA in Germany.
2012. PACITA : Collaborative Project on Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Actions in European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Deliverable 2.2: TA Practices in Europe EPTA-PACITA, 2012 
2011
Presentations
Maia, M. J.; Moniz, A. B.
O risco tecnologico em Portugal na area da Radiologia: contributos para os estudos em Sociologia da Tecnologia [Technological risk in Portugal in the field of radiology: contribute to the studies on Sociology of Technology].
2011. Conferencia ’Rumos da Sociologia do Conhecimento, Ciencia e Tecnologia em Portugal’, Lisboa, P, 18 e 10 Novembro de 2011, Konferenz “Rumos da sociologia de conhecimento, ciencia e tecnologia em Portugal”, Universität Lisboa (2011), Lisbon, Portugal, November 18–19, 2011 
Moniz, A. B.; Maia, M. J.; Boavida, N.; Moretto, S.
A avaliação de tecnologia em Portugal: tenděncias recentes.
2011. Conferencia ’Rumos da Sociologia do Conhecimento, Ciencia e Tecnologia em Portugal’, Lisboa, P, 18 e 10 Novembro de 2011, Konferenz “Rumos da sociologia de conhecimento, ciencia e tecnologia em Portugal”, Universität Lisboa (2011), Lisbon, Portugal, November 18–19, 2011 

Contact

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

Tel.: +49 228 30818-34
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