Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities

PrefaceAcknowledgementsThe emergence of a diverse policy support functionMobilizing TA for grand challenges – the PACITA ProjectMain findings of the projectWhy cross-European TA?The role of cross-European TA in European governanceThe TA ManifestoExpanding knowledge-based policy making on science, technology and innovationTA – a multi-level and cross-border European capacity for the futureI Expanding Technology AssessmentSeeing Technology Assessment with New EyesBackgroundThe framework: TA understood in informational and relational termsModelling TA in relational termsCase 1: pathfinding in BulgariaThe TA-landscapeA government – society – S&T network forumCase 2: Institutional re-adjustment in AustriaStrengthening connections with society and parliamentCase 3: Placing a TA project in a cross-national contextLessons learned: Implications for the democratic governance of S&TConnecting to four spheresExpanding the TA Landscape – Lessons from Seven European CountriesBackgroundSocietal premises for the setup of TA institutionsNational R&I landscapes: R&I performance, modernizing strategies and deficits of the current systemDeficiencies in existing advisory systemsPublic debate on S&TExisting structures of TA-related research and policy adviceWays forward: Possibility structures for TAPossible institutional modelsFuture perspectives for national TA capacities across EuropeAdopting TA in Central and Eastern Europe – An Organizational PerspectiveThe inside scoop: taking TA on board in existing organizationsPossible new approaches to the adoption of TATechnology Assessment for Parliaments – Towards Reflexive Governance of InnovationParliaments and policy adviceTechnology assessment for innovation governanceTechnology assessment in a globalized worldPutting TA to the political reality testReinforcing communication between parliaments and TAParliamentary TA in a context of limited resourcesFinal remarks: TA bridging national and European debatesDoing Cross-European Technology AssessmentCross-European technology assessment: current situationThe PACITA experienceBarriers to cross-European TANational vs European commitmentsFinding a European audienceBenefits of cross-European TAFor societyFor parliamentsFor TA institutionsRequirements for realizing cross-European TAFinal words: making an impactII Exemplifying Cross-European Technology AssessmentThe Future Panel on Public Health Genomics – Lessons Learned and Future PerspectivesThe Future Panel project: process, participants and outcomesStage 1: defining an evidence-based policy agendaStage 2: Exploring the fieldStage 3: a new policy agenda?The Future Panel as a TA demonstration project – main achievements and implicationsThe Future Panel on PHG as a methodological experimentLessons learned and future perspectivesLesson 1: Establish a connection with parliaments and/or ministries, in addition to their respective individual membersLesson 2: Establishing a solid evidence base for policy making requires an iterative process that involves direct contact between all actors directly involved in the projectLesson 3: Different experience of EU countries with evidence-based policy making are a challenge.Lesson 4: Concerning the role of TA experts, maintain a constructive balance between the role as secretariat and the capacity needed to function as TA specialistsThe Future of Ageing – Stakeholder Involvement on the Future of CareFraming the issue of technology and policy in EuropeEngaging stakeholders in policy discussionsCreating scenarios for the future of ageing and new technologyDesigning national scenario workshopsRecommendations for future sustainable health-care servicesBroadening the knowledge base for policy makingCross-European stakeholder involvementEurope Wide Views on Sustainable ConsumptionBackgroundConsultation resultsLessons learned from EWViewsFuture perspectives and conclusionsIII Building Capacities for Cross-European TAMaking Technology Assessment Accessible to New PlayersBackground and rationaleOverview of the two summer schoolsSummer school formatMain resultsFuture agenda for TA education in the context of 'responsible innovation'Training TA ProfessionalsShared knowledge for a strong and innovative TA communityThe PACITA practitioners training seminarsExpanding the TA landscape through trainingReview and perspectivesBuilding Community – Or Why We Need an Ongoing Conference Platform for TAMaking it work – the context of the two European TA conferencesNo future without a pastOvercoming challenges – making cross-European TA conferencesE-Infrastructure forTechnology AssessmentIntroductionThe main elements of the current TA e-infrastructureThe PACITA TA PortalThe way aheadBibliography
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