Toolbox for TA

Video: International experts discussed the importance of TA and the direction of the new TA project at the OECD-BNCT workshop in Vienna from June 7-9.

Vienna June 9, 2022: André Gazsó from ITA invited to the two-day workshop of the OECD Working Group on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies "BNCT" in the "alte Burse" of the ÖAW. The workshop focused on the mindset and implementation of the new TA project. International experts from several organizations from Europe, Asia and America participated and discussed the functioning and integration of technology assessment in their respective fields of work.

André Gazsó (ITA-ÖAW): „The project is on the role of Technology Assessment especially forward looking processes in their relation and as a mediator in developing new materials and new technologies.”

David WINICKOFF, Secretary of the Working Party on Bio-, Nano- and Converging Technology (BNCT): “Technology has always been a focal point in innovation policy. At the OECD we are sensing a demand for tools and techniques such as Technology Assessment to be able to - in policy - deal with the rapidity of change and the importance that many feel technology has in driving economies, in driving culture, look at digitalization, bio-tech and gene editing that we need sharper tools and TA is one set of tools.”

Luis VISEU MELO, IST Lisboa, Professor, Department of Physics: “Innovation is accelerating. You are getting new technologies up reaching the market much more quickly. Witch means that you must do the assessment very quickly when you want to avoid problems, risks and do the proper risk assessment before the harm is done.”

Sarah HARVEY, US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Assistant Director, Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics: “The GAO does allot with Technology Assessment. Our primary role is to provide fact based information to our policy makers. We follow our TA handbook which helps outline the process to design create our message and create our products.”

Douglas ROBINSON, CNRS, Deputy Director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary studies of Science Innovation and Society (LISIS): “Much of responsible research in innovation would be to be doing TA constantly. But also you have grand global crisis like climate change and pandemics where you have to rapid response in terms of identifying technologies and solutions but also doing that in a responsible way.”