CIPAST in Practice
Now also available in French - Maintenant aussi disponible en français
CIPAST case-study based training
package now online
Public Consultation on Nanotechnologies
TOWARDS A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR RESPONSIBLE NANOSCIENCES AND NANOTECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH
The consultation is open to all. The persons that are not registered in SINAPSE can also contribute. They simply have to access the consultation site mentioned and enter via the "guest access".
Euroscience slams European Institute of Technology
Scientists say creation of a European Institute of Technology (EIT) is not the answer to the lack of innovation in Europe.
"A politically motivated idea, starting from a wrong premise and with a vague and then unrealistic financial underpinning, will not help Europe forward," comments Euroscience on the Commission plan for a European Institute of Technology (EIT).
Citizens find nanotechs
The Council for the Ile-de-France region held a Citizen' conference on nanosciences and nanotechnologies
Participatory Methods Toolkit
A practitioners' guide
'Participation' has become a buzzword in government statements and policy papers and the concept is being given concrete shape. But 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 King Baudouin Foundation and viWTA (The Vlaams Instituut voor Wetenschappelijk en Technologisch Aspectenonderzoek, an independent and autonomous institute, associated with the Flemish Parliament) joined forces and shared their expertise. Nikki Slocum (United Nations University) used these materials to put together a toolkit on participatory methods (in English.) It contains a presentation of ten methods (e.g. World Café, Citizens' Jury, Consensus Conference, Expert Panel), a step-by-step, hands-on manual, with detailed checklists and realistic expectations of outcomes. You can download a free copy at http://www.viwta.be/files/30890_ToolkitENGdef.pdf
Guidelines for science communication
'Messenger', an EU-funded project, stresses the role of press and communication officers in helping journalists and scientists understand each other and offers project's guidelines for scientists how to communicate with the media and for laypersons to decode science stories>>more
Public participation in environmental decision-making
Public participation in environmental decision-making is to be strengthened after EU Ministers agreed to the principles of the Aarhus Convention. But they stopped short of allowing NGOs the right to drag member states to court. The Regulation will apply directly in all member states after it is published in the Official Journal of the EU.
Taken from EurActiv newsletter, 14 September 06