CIPAST final report and recommendations
Networking and capacity building for a professional implementation of citizen participation across Europe proved to have valuable functions as a means to further the cause of European integration. Hence, the researchers and practitioners who participated in the CIPAST project are looking forward to contribute to new initiatives.
However, we consider that such initiatives should rely on the many previous and ongoing ones. By outlining these findings and putting them forward in a series of recommendations, we hope to trigger off new calls for proposals. We also expect to encourage political and industrial decision-makers, NGOs, social scientists and practitioners, to reflect and act in regard to the ongoing implementation of public participation vis-à-vis the construction of a European identity.
Read the recommendations here. The full text with findings and recommendations can be downloaded here. We invite you to discuss it with us on the CIPAST discussion list.
CIPAST in Practice
Now also available in French
Maintenant aussi disponible en français
CIPAST case-study based training
package now online
A special edition of the CIPAST newsletter - prepared by Nicolas Baya Laffite at INRA/TSV - provides on 35 pages a summary of 60 participatory processes in nanotechnology governance in countries where they have developed significantly as a result of political initiatives. Our first aim is to give access to data as complete as possible – although not exhaustive – on individual participatory experiences in nanotechnology. The gathering of this information allows to put these individual experiences into perspective and to open a discussion on the roles of public participation, so far in different national and regional political contexts.
The CIPAST project as a case study of a European network project
The main aim of Chloe Alexander's study was to examine whether two of the European Commission’s recent objectives are being reached by the funding of European network projects. The first of these aims is to improve European integration between member states by harmonizing economic, social and cultural practices. The second is to construct platforms for the exchange of information and experience regarding the field of deliberative participation methodologies in the area of science in society.
January 2008 issue available
This quarterly newsletter provides news on the situation of participatory procedures in Europe, the CIPAST project and links to useful electronic and print resources aimed at strengthening civil society in Europe.
The first deadlines are already getting close. The recent EC calls in Science and Society - which already close on 18th March - focus on ‘Public understanding of science and promotion of public debate’ as well as on ‘Exchanges and co-operation of local actors on scientific culture’ - expecting actions for the development of a scientific culture at the local level by bringing together relevant local actors involved in science, culture, entertainment, education, local economical development and citizens‘ participation.
You can download a pdf copy of the newsletter here.
The online edition of the current newsletter can be read here.
To support the struc-turing of an expanded network of European organizations already involved or interested in participatory processes regarding scientific and technological issues. the CIPAST consortium decided to set up a database, in order to facilitate knowledge and information transfer between the members of the network.
Participatory Methods Toolkit: A practitioner
How can participation be organised? What methods are available and when and how are they applied? What are the implications for the budget and staff? To offer a few answers to these questions, the 'Toolkit on participatory methods' contains a presentation of different methods, a step-by-step, a hands-on manual with detailed checklists, and realistic expectations of outcomes. Within a few weeks, the toolkit will be available in French, Dutch and probably in German. You can download a free copy at http://www.viwta.be/files/30890_ToolkitENGdef.pdf.
The 2nd CIPAST training workshop on public deliberation
was based on participants input
Based on the results of the first CIPAST training workshop, held in Dresden, June 2006, the Procida-Naples workshop aimed at fostering organisational learning, dissemination of good practices across institutions and countries, as well as critical self-reflection.
Case studies and Poster sessions
More to come soon - knowing that you wait for the pictures. But your comments are also welcome. Please send me your Procida impressions and experiences.
Dresden workshop outcomes available
From June 26th to 28th, 2006, the CIPAST consortium organized a training workshop at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany, on citizen participation in science and technology.
For the first time 60 European patient organizations on a view
A grouping of organizations according to goals, modes of operation and disease symptoms
Who became ill with cancer, Multiplis Sclerosis or AIDS, who searches detailed information about breath or heart illnesses or wants to know about the state of the art of European-wide research, now gets respectable and detailed assistance. 60 European patient organizations are described according to different disease symptoms. It is described how these organizations work, which goals they direct and at which national organizations patients get further advice and assistance. >>>
Bringing together European organisations
The regulation of scientific-techno-logical innovation becomes more and more hazardous for decision makers. Taking genetic modified organisms, nanotechnology or intensive care medicine as examples: Will the political, economic or social conse-quences of todays decisions be justified in 10 or 20 years? What if the decisions have been wrong?