Parliaments and civil society in Technology Assessment: Broadening the knowledge base in policy making

PACITA is a four-year EU financed project under FP7 aimed at increasing the capacity and enhancing the institutional foundation for knowledge-based policy-making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, mainly based upon the diversity of practices in Parliamentary Technology Assessment (PTA). Such practices involve a range of methods of cross-disciplinary expert studies, stakeholder involvement, citizen consultation and parliamentary discourse.

The key practices in focus are interactive in the sense that they engage science, civil society organizations, stakeholders, citizens, parliaments and/or governments directly in the activities in order to activate different kinds of knowledge, engage the actors, create common ownership to the results and enhance the communication between the societal actors.

PACITA has 15 European partners from national/regional parliamentary offices for science and technology, science academies, research institutions, universities and civil society organizations coordinated by a PTA institution, the Danish Board of Technology.

SPIRAL is in charge of organising two Summer schools for PTA users in June 2012 and June 2014. It will also participate in PTA institutional description, expanding the TA landscape, EU stakeholder involvement on technologies for an ageing population and citizen consultations on sustainable consumption.

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Portal : Technology Assessment Portal. This novel Internet resource provides access to all kind of TA relevant information, in particular to TA institutions, projects, publications and experts :

VolTA Magazine: A new magazine on Science, Technology and Society in Europe :

Researchers :Pierre Delvenne and Benedikt Rosskamp