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From March 1998 to December 1999, the EUROPTA project "Participatory Methods in Technology Assessment and Technology Decision -Making" was carried out on the issue of participatory technology assessment (PTA). The project received funding from the European Commission (Directorate General XII), TSER Programme. It was co-ordinated by the Danish Board of Technology (Denmark) and included partners from Austria, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and an associated partner from Switzerland.
Technology assessment (TA) traditionally have an analytical approach with the aim to "speak truth to the power". Since the eighties, PTA has been established with the aim of "finding solutions together" or "generating dialogue". There has been an increasing call for PTA worldwide. In this situation, the project was prompted by a relative lack of relevant theoretical and empirical analysis.
The overall aim of the project was to advance the understanding of the role of PTA by critically assessing the experiences to date of different European national participatory initiatives, to identify criteria for the practical implementation of participatory methods, and to contribute to the development of participatory methods and practices in technology assessment.

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