IntroductionCesagen has been awarded a research grant as partner to EPINET (Epistemic Networks)which has received 1.6M Euros from the European Commission
This 3 year project, funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Science in Society Programme, will investigate how different methods of analysing and assessing new and emerging fields of technology can be better integrated. Through the application of four case studies, the aim is to identify ways to develop more socially robust interfaces between policy makers, innovators and academics who all seek to understand, assess and reflect on technological innovations.
EPINET is led by Prof. Roger Strand at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen in Norway.
Cesagen's partnership is led by Dr. Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir at Lancaster University with Prof. Brian Wynne and Dr. Neil Stephens (Cesagen, Cardiff University).
The case studies are in-vitro meat, biosensors, cognitive factories and smart metering. Technology analysis and assessment methods to be used in the project include, risk and impact assessment, ethics, media studies of representation, public perception studies, socio-technical analysis, law, integrated assessment, product life cycle analysis, participatory technology assessment, knowledge assessment and scenario/foresight exercises.
Other partners are the Centre for Material Digital Culture at the University of Sussex, the Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, the Department of Science Technology and Society at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands, the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Belgium, and the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. EPINET also has a number of associate partners at the cutting edge of R & D in the domains of its four case studies.