The members of the EPTA network would like to see these issues high on the political agenda. In this way, a discussion can take place on inclusive and fair digitalisation, and how working from home can be integrated in our lives in a responsible way. Furthermore, attention should be paid to vulnerabilities in the public health system and technological infrastructure of societies, so that these can be addressed in the future. Medical data must be shared internationally in a responsible way, respecting the privacy and rights of citizens. In addition, the focus should be on how governments will continue to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19. In many of these areas, transnational cooperation is a prerequisite.
The report was written by EPTA members from European countries and from Japan, the United States, the Republic of Korea and Chile. How did policy makers use scientific knowledge, technology, and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic? And what role did institutes that study the impact of technology play? From a broad perspective, the EPTA network analysed the weaknesses and strengths of decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the network looked at the lessons for decision-making on the use of knowledge and technology that can be drawn for future challenges.
The EPTA network has a clear goal with this report. Namely, to answer the question: how do we, as societies worldwide, develop societal resilience so that we can address challenges and crises that lie ahead? The institutes have an important role to play in advising parliamentarians and policymakers on this topic.