3rd European Conference on Technology Assessment in Cork

Europe’s TA experts will gather in Ireland next year to talk about "New technologies and societal challenges: Bridging the worlds of science, society & policy making".

The aim of the conference is to discuss how Technology Assessment (TA) and related activities such as science and technology studies, responsible research and innovation (RRI), public engagement, and foresight can strongly contribute to knowledge-based policy making on science, technology and innovation, to engage policymakers and other stakeholders in this endeavor, and to learn from each other’s perspectives.

Science and technology are central elements in the policy response to the grand challenges of our time, such as health, ageing, and well-being; food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy; secure, clean, and efficient energy; smart, green, and integrated transport; climate action, resource efficiency, and raw materials; inclusive, innovative, and secure societies. In addition, emerging technologies such as big data, surveillance technologies, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and the Internet of Things strongly influence the lives of citizens and challenge established policies. Therefore the 3rd European TA Conference brings together the different worlds of science, society, and policy making.

The conference will be held in Cork from 17 to 19 May 2017 and continues the successful tradition of two international TA conferences held in Prague (2013) and Berlin (2015). The Cork conference is organized by the Department of Business Information Systems at the University College Cork (Ireland), in collaboration with the ITAS (Germany), the Rathenau Instituut (The Netherlands), the TA-SWISS (Switzerland), the Institute of Technology Assessment ITA-ÖAW (Austria), the Technology Centre ASCR (Czech Republic), and the Hungarian Academy of Science (Hungary).

Further information: 3rd European TA Conference website