(Integrated Assessment of Societal Impacts of Emerging Science and Technology from within Epistemic Networks)

  • The Epinet final conference, 28-29 April 2015.

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  • Summary

    The funding for the EPINET project came while Cesagen was still a research centre at Lancaster University and when the centre closed, the project remained within the Department of Sociology. EPINET introduces the notion of epistemic networks as a way to conceptualise complex developments within emerging domains of innovation, as well as within the practices of evaluating their progress and outcomes. The aim of the project is to integrate a range of knowledge assessment methods and develop criteria for more socially robust and efficient interaction at the interfaces between critical evaluations, policy making, and the world of innovators and research leaders. This work is guided by four case studies:

    1) Wearable sensors

    2) Cognition for technical systems

    3) In-vitro meat

    4) The smart grid

  • Lancaster's involvement

    The Lancaster (Cesagen) partner has been responsible for two cases studies, Wearable sensors (WP3) and In-vitro meat (WP5). In addition to that, we have lead an empricial exploration of all four case-studies in-progess, focussing on (inter)disciplinarity and value commitment in the making (WP2). The aim of this work is to develop an instrument of observation and reflexivity for teamwork and leadership in evaluating new-emerging domains of innovation across multiple disciplines, professional, occupational and other relevant experience.

  • Members of the Lancaster (Cesagen) team

    Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir, Principle Investigator
    Brian Wynne
    Neil Stephens

    Project partners:
    University of Bergen, Norway (coordinator)
    Lancaster University (Cesagen), England
    University of Sussex, England
    Vrije Universiteit, Belgium
    Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
    JRC -Joint Research Centre- European Commission
    Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

    Contract No: FP7-288971
    Programme: FP7 Capacities
    Science in Society
    EU Grant: 1,488,746 €
    Project completion, 30 April 2015

    The official EPINET project website.

    EPINET Consortium

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