|Chairs||Pierre Delvenne, Jan Romportl, Lenka Hebáková|
|Day and time||Thursday, March 14th, 2013; 16:30 – 18:00|
The event was co-financed by the project “Interdisciplinary Partnership for Artificial Intelligence”(MOAINet).
It was a round table session, which offered students, (post)graduates, researchers and practitioners from different disciplines and spheres the opportunity to discuss how they can learn from Technology Assessment activities and from each other. The roundtable panelists spoke from their own background and answered questions from the audience or challenge the audience to reflect on the approaches and visions that Technology Assessment uses.
Science, technology and society co-evolve at an increased speed. Activities that provide knowledge-based support for innovation governance and policy-design have to adapt to globalised economy, risk-aversive society, and information-overloaded policy-makers etcetera. Technology Assessment of today is not and should not be Technology Assessment from 1980s or 1990s. Rather, it needs as much input from TA like activities as possible: foresights studies, science communication, ethical-legal-societal implication studies, risk assessment, transition management, science & technology studies, etc. All deliver disciplinary expertise but often lack time and means to share results and visions or to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries.
The topic chosen for the round table discussion was robotics for society. This topic has significant techno-scientific challenges and societal expectations and concerns. The audience was students, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers that phrased reflections, questions or suggestions based on:
- the interests/background of the addressee (somebody from government, industry, academia, TA community)
- their own field of education/expertise (foresights studies, science communication, ethical-legal-societal implication studies, risk assessment, transition management, science & technology studies,…)
The background document for this session is available here.
The abstracts of the session can be read here.
Presentations of the session:
- J. Romportl (New Technologies – Research centre, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen)
- F. Lucivero (Tilburg Institute for Law Technology and society (TILT), University of Tilburg)
- MdN. Ruffo (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France; Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium)
Panel of discussing experts
Pierre Delvenne – SPIRAL, University of Liège, Belgium
Michiel van Oudheusden – SPIRAL, University of Liège, Belgium
Federica Lucivero – Tilburg Institute for Law Technology and society (TILT), University of Tilburg, Netherlands
Jan Romportl – New Technologies – Research centre, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Marie-des-Neiges Ruffo – Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), Paris, France and FUNDP (Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix), Namur, Belgique
Ivan M. Havel – Center for Theoretical Studies, Prague, Czech Republic
Karel Roubík – Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
Olga Štěpánková – Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
Ivan Dvořák – Innovation Leadership Agency, Prague, Czech Republic