Eu-SPRI Spring School: Anticipation in the Governance of Innovation

In recent years promises and risk concerns have been increasingly acknowledged as essential features in the governance of innovation and a growing number of forward looking approaches have become part of the repertoire of governance tools, in research, technology and innovation policy, in public dialogues, as well as in corporate settings.

On the one hand a growing number of studies, esp. within the field of science and technology studies (sociology of expectations) has investigated technology-related expectations in the form of promises, visions and risk concerns, focusing on the societal dynamics in public discourses and innovation communities and their role in innovation processes. On the other hand, the community of foresight and technology assessment scholars and practitioners have developed dedicated and sophisticated ways to ‘generate’ and assess expectations, in order to support strategy-building and decision-making.

The spring school aims in particular to bring together PhD students and young post-docs to discuss the insights of, approaches, concepts and methods used in their research. The spring school will be composed of three types of sessions: key note lectures, PhD researcher sessions, interactive work-shops facilitated by senior researchers. The spring school will put emphasis on the presentation and discussion of the young researchers’ work.

Applications should be sent before December 18, 2011.

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Contact: Björn Budde