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The Landscape and Isobars of European Values in Relation to Science and New Technology

Objective

The goal of this project is to provide the blueprints for a value-based and value-informed new and flexible governance of the science-society relation in Europe. Furthermore, the study shall identify necessary research tasks in order to move from a generic understanding of value-based and value-informed governance to more specific mechanisms of governance that improve current practice. Emerging biotechnologies with dual use problematic and security technologies (biometrics) shall serve as pilots to test the validity of the framework. The key research challenges are: understanding the very concept of social/ethical values, improving the methodology for the study of values, identifying innovative mechanisms of platforms for value-based dialogue in civil society and citizen consultation, and assessing the potential of legal and regulatory instruments, including soft-law, to provide value-oriented framework orientation for scientific and technological development. Two specific technologies will be analyzed in these respects closely: biotechnology dealing with pathogens with a pandemic potential (biosafety and biosecurity issue), and biometrics as a security technology. The project shall result in a multi-disciplinary report that summarizes existing knowledge on social values and their relevance for attitudes to science and technology, and that furthermore sketches the blueprint of a more coherent, flexible and dynamic conception of a value-based governance of science and technology. The report is aimed at policy makers and researchers concerned about ethical issues in current or upcoming scientific and technological developments and policies. An additional report shall suggest and specify more concrete research topics within “Science in Society” and FP7 generally. Specific attention shall be given to dual-use problematic and security technologies. Feedback on the draft of the report shall be sought through an interactive website and a selected group of European experts.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology/pandemics
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 249 360
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)

Participants (5)

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 107 700
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Gaskell (Prof.)
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 110 400
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jutta Pickel (Ms.)
OPEN SCIENCE - LEBENSWISSENSCHAFTENIM DIALOG VEREIN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 115 380
Address
Rennweg 95B
1030 Vienna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefan Grunert (Dr.)
DINAMIA -CET, CENTRO DE ESTUDOS SOBRE A MUDANCA SOCIOECONOMICA E O TERRITORIO ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 99 960
Address
Avenida Das Forcas Armadas
1649 026 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Migueis (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 137 171
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anton Janssen (Mr.)