• Empowering citizens in international governance of nanotechnologies

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    The international dialogue on responsible governance of nanotechnologies engages a wide range of actors with conflicting as well as common interests. It is also characterised by a lack of evidence-based data on uncertain risks of in particular engineered nanomaterials. The present paper aims at deepening understanding of the collective decision making context at international level using the grounded theory approach as proposed by Glaser and Strauss in “The Discovery of Grounded Theory” (1967). This starts by discussing relevant concepts from different fields including sociological and political studies of international relations as well as political philosophy and ethics. This analysis of current trends in international law making is taken as starting point for exploring the role that a software decision support tool could play in multi-stakeholder global governance of nanotechnologies. These theoretical ideas are then compared with the current design of the SUN Decision Support System (SUNDS) under development in the European project on Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN, www.​sun-fp7.​eu). Through constant comparison, the ideas are also compared with requirements of different stakeholders as expressed during a user workshop. This allows for highlighting discussion points for further consideration.

  • Challenging Futures of Science in Society

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    Emerging Trends and cutting-edge issues (the MASIS report)

    The 2020 Vision for the European Research Area, adopted by the Council in December 2008,
    underlined that the ERA is firmly rooted in society and responsive to its needs and ambitions in
    pursuit of sustainable development. In July 2009, the Lund Declaration called for a new deal in
    European Research advocating that the identification of the Grand Challenges must engage the
    major stakeholders including the European institutions, business, public services, NGOs and the
    research community.
    Citizens have an increasing and widely acknowledged stake in science, research and innovation. The
    objective of the programme ‘Science in Society’ in FP7 ‘Capacities’ to reinforce the societal dimension
    of the European Research Area is intrinsically linked with the efforts to revitalise the economy and
    improve the quality of life in Europe. It supports European trans-national research and policy activities,
    with a focus on the dynamic governance of the research system, the ethical soundness of research
    and the responsible conduct of science, public engagement in science and involvement of Civil
    Society Organisations, the gender agenda and the promotion of scientific education, scientific culture
    and science communication.
    This report by the MASIS expert group is the first step of an innovative initiative of the European
    Commission, the MASIS Project: MASIS stands for Monitoring Activities of Science in Society in
    Europe. It represents a collective overview on emerging trends and cross-cutting issues in Science
    in Society, making it a potentially valuable tool for researchers and for decision-makers, who strive
    for excellence and relevance. It is forward-looking into a number of challenging futures and develops
    the hypothesis of a European Model of Science in Society which needs further discussion. European
    research policy will continue to stimulate reflections and debate on the ways science and technology
    supports developments in our societies, as well as on how the latter integrate and make sense of
    research. European diversity is therefore an invaluable asset, from which we can all benefit.
    I am confident that this thought provoking report will provide a basis for reflection and innovative
    ideas on the ways European societies interact and shape science in the context of a true European
    Research Area.

  • Report of the Commission on GLOBAL SECURITY, JUSTICE & GOVERNANCE

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    The SeurePART project will like to highlight the section 8 of this document: "Engaging Critical Regional, Local, Civil Society, and Business Actors in Global Governance"

    In our lifetimes, we have witnessed unparalleled human achievements: the halving of extreme
    global poverty in under two decades, the exploration of space and the rise of the Internet, and the
    steady advance of freedom and justice following the defeat of fascism and other forms of totalitarian
    government in the twentieth century, to name a few of the most notable examples. At the same
    time, we are keenly aware of the shadows that threaten our progress: militant extremism continues
    to take root in the world’s poorly governed spaces, where the rule of law has collapsed, and
    discrimination threatens the rights of women, children, and minorities in many places. Our fragile
    ecosystem, new threats in cyberspace, and the downside risks of an increasingly interconnected
    world economy also remind us daily that we need a new approach to global governance, one that
    relies on different kinds of public and private institutions.
    We feel privileged to have co-chaired the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance
    since initial work began one year ago. An initiative of The Hague Institute for Global Justice and
    the Stimson Center, the Commission has sought to address several serious global challenges at the
    intersection of security and justice, including critical questions of state fragility, climate governance,
    and the stewardship of the world economy and cyberspace. Without bold, effective, and inclusive
    global governance that also safeguards fundamental human rights, the hard-fought gains of earlier
    generations may be lost and the extraordinary potential of future generations jeopardized.
    The recommendations of the Commission are intended, in this seventieth anniversary year of the
    United Nations, to encourage a broad-based global policy dialogue and an institutional reform
    agenda aimed at 2020, the seventy-fifth anniversary commemoration of the founding of the
    United Nations. We invite potential partners from around the world—in governments, civil society
    organizations, the private sector, media, and international organizations—to help build and sustain
    a coalition for progressive global change, in pursuit of a vision of justice and security for all.
    We wish to express our appreciation for the ideas and commitment toward achieving a more just
    and secure world shared by our fellow Commissioners, to Abiodun Williams (president of The
    Hague Institute for Global Justice) and to Ellen Laipson (president of the Stimson Center), to the
    project team, and to everyone consulted in the preparation of this Report on Confronting the Crisis of
    Global Governance. We continue to believe in institutions at both local and global levels that inspire
    and engage the talents of many, and we must work relentlessly to make all such institutions fulfill
    that vision.

  • CONCEPT: Towards a common conceptualization of the third sector in Europe

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    "The third sector consists of private associations and foundations; non-commercial cooperatives, mutuals, and social enterprises; and individual activities undertaken without pay or compulsion primarily to benefit society or persons outside of one’s household or next of kin."

    More information at http://thirdsectorimpact.eu/consultations/concept-towards-common-conceptualization-third-sector-europe/

  • The Societal Impact of Security Technologies - Making European Security Research more responsive and responsible.

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    Security policy and, by default, security research are value-laden, contentious public policy fields. They ought to be informed both by expert evidence and by citizens’ values throughout the R&D&I process. Yet, problem definitions, goals, and innovation paths for security research are predominantly shaped by interest groups from the industry. This imbalance in stakeholder participation has, in turn led to a biased “high-tech” understanding of security.

  • Public dialogue in science and technology: an international overview

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    This policy paper carries out an international review of public engagement in science and technology.

  • Sciences Citoyennes published a manual guiding civil society organisations on how to take part in Horizon 2020.

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    Sciences Citoyennes have published a manual "Why and how to participate in the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020?"'. Intended to provide civil society organisations with guidance on how to apply to projects supported by Horizon 2020, the guide offers practical tips and hints. Euclid Network is also supporting CSO involvement in research as a partner of CONSIDER, a project which aims to involve civil society organisation in research. CONSIDER will establish a model of CSO participation in research, contrasting theoretical views on the benefits and limitations with empirical findings on the practice of CSO participation. To find out more visit, please visit our projects page. Source: http://sciencescitoyennes.org/

  • EU Industrial Policy: Assessment of Recent Developments and Recommendations for Future Policies

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    Following disregard in the 1980s, industrial policy has recently attracted policy attention at EU level. The objective of this study provided by Policy Department A at the request of the ITRE Committee, is to establish the state of the art of a coordinated and integrated EU industrial policy. It assesses current initiatives, policies and arrangements and proposes an overview of stakeholders’ positions at EU and national levels in order to feed into the debate on how to improve competitiveness and growth in Europe.