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From Science and Society to Science in Society: Towards a Framework for �Co-Operative Research�, Report of a European Commission Workshop, D G Research and Technology Development

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY

Abstract

We live in a time of ever-increasing opportunities and challenges associated with new science and technology. As a result, there is growing interest and attention to the relationships between research, innovation and society. Nowhere is this more true, than in the organisation and prioritisation of scientific research and technological innovation themselves and in the use of science as an input to wider policy making.
Real contrasts and tensions emerge between high level policy agendas concerned with the 'knowledge based society', with the stewardship of 'democratic governance' and with the pursuit of 'sustainability' and 'precaution' in science and technology. These are key areas of interest and responsibility for the European Commission's Directorate General for Research (DG RTD).
This report arises from intensive discussions at an innovative two-day 'Gover�Science' Seminar organised by the Governance and Scientific Advice Unit of DG RTD in November 2005. The Seminar focused on a variety of complex and hotly contested questions that are central to current efforts to move Europe towards a 'knowledge based society'. What is the appropriate role for science in the governance of modern society? How should research itself be governed? What is the function of public engagement? Attention focused on a variety of detailed topical areas: including the communication of risk, the provision of science advice, relations between government, industry and civil society and the best ways to balance involvement by experts, stakeholders and citizens.

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Record Number: 7436 / Last updated on: 2006-06-21
Category: PROC