EPTA-Conference 2011 in Berlin

TAB and the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag host the annual EPTA-Conference. On October 20, 2011, renowned representatives of science and politics will discuss on »Hope-, Hype- and Fear-Technologies – the Role of Science and Politics«.

Hope, hype and fear are the attributes of a very heterogeneous group of technologies. They are believed to have the potential to solve global problems (hope), they are associated with far-reaching visions of the future and with overreaching expectations (hype), and because of their impacts that are difficult to foresee and even less to control, they raise concerns no matter whether they are well founded or not (fear). Therefore, these technologies online casino attract a high degree of public and political attention.

At the EPTA-Conference three exemplary cases will be explored: Nanotechnology, Internet and Cyberdemocracy as well as Geo-/Climate Engineering. The key questions focused on the political strategies in Europe are: How do agenda setting processes proceed, which political strategies are employed to tackle the problems, how does the interaction between science and politics progress, and what part do media and societal discourses play?

The EPTA-Conference is open to the public and free of charge. Prior registration until September 15, 2011 is required.

See for more information the conference website.