- The Danish Board of Technology (DBT) (Coordinator)
The Danish Board of Technology (DBT) is the parliamentary technology assessment institution of Denmark, established by law. It is an independent, non-profit, public institution, committed to technology assessment, foresight, parliamentary advisory activities on science, technology and innovation, and methodological research. The DBT works with a local, regional, national, as well as international perspective. The Board is supposed to promote the ongoing discussion about technology, to evaluate technology and to advise the Danish Parliament (the Folketing) and other governmental bodies in matters pertaining to technology. It is specialized into interactive methodologies, involving interdisciplinary research, stakeholder involvement, citizen participation, political debates and advice, and public communication. DBT is worldwide acknowledged for its expertise in public participation in technology assessment. DBT was awarded the2010 Jim Creighton Award by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) in recognition of DBT’s sustained leadership, innovative approaches, and international reach in the field of public participation. DBT has been or is partner in several projects under FP5, FP6 and FP7, as for example ADAPTA, TAMI, CIPAST, PATH, MoM, PRISE, ForSociety, CIVISTI and PACITA.
- Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (OeAW-ITA)
The Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) is an interdisciplinary research institute for the analysis of technological change, focusing on societal conditions and shaping options and impacts. Scientific technology assessment applies a broad array of methods stemming from a multitude of fields. An essential element of technology assessment methodology is the inclusion of various bodies of knowledge, values and interests via participatory procedures. Internal project teams, often in collaboration with external partners, carry out interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific analyses.
The aim of applied and scientifically-oriented technology assessment is to generate knowledge relevant for decision-making and to identify intended and unintended consequences of development options. This knowledge is targeted at supporting politics and administration, on the one hand, and at the general public on the other hand. Our academic work seeks to better understand the societal relevance of technology and to develop further the methodological basis of technology assessment.
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is a non-profit research institution established in 1959, whose overarching purpose is to conduct research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. The institute is independent, international and interdisciplinary, and explores issues related to all facets of peace and conflict. To remain at the cutting edge of peace research, PRIO is both proactively involved in identifying new trends in global conflict, and oriented toward formulating and documenting new understandings and responses.
The Norwegian Board of Technology explores societal impacts and options of technology and science; stimulates public debate on technology; and advises the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) and other governmental bodies on technological issues. The Board furthermore monitors international technological trends and methods for technology assessment. The Board uses a variety of methods for assessing technology, ranging from participatory methods such as citizens’ panels, consensus conferences, scenario workshops and open hearings, to interdisciplinary working groups on the expert level.
The Verein für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung und Beratung (Association for sociological research and consulting) was founded in 2009 by a group of social scientists working in different research institutions and universities. All members share an interest in sociologically inspired consulting, its forms, consequences and side effects. This translates into research and consulting on the one hand and reflexive analysis of the effects these activities may have on the other. The continuous exchange between applied research and reflexive analysis provides for a complex view on the numerous social fields under investigation. One focus of our research is issues of security: what are rational policies in this domain and what are the side effects of stategies of securitization?