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

    The Epinet final conference, 28-29 April 2015

    Epinet dissemination (end-of-project)

  • Summary

    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 of critical evaluation, policy making, and the world of innovators and research leaders. This work is guided by four domain-specific case studies and one cross-cutting case:

    1) Wearable sensors

    2) Cognition for technical systems

    3) In vitro meat

    4) The smart grid

    5) Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) as a regulatory innovation

  • Lancaster's involvement

    The Lancaster (Cesagen) partner was in charge of two domain-specific cases studies, wearable sensors (WP3) and in vitro meat (WP5). In addition to that, we participated in the case study on the making of robot autonomy, and the work on the cross-cutting perspectives, i.e., the DPIA and the development of the theoretical basis of the project (WP1), but Lancaster was also in charge of an empirical study of (inter)disciplinarity and value commitments across all five cases (WP2). The aim of WP2 was to observe the procedural conditions of teamwork and leadership in technology assessment work across disciplines, professional, occupational and other relevant experiences in reference to the H2020 programme of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

  • 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, 31 May 2015

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