Ways out of the pandemic

ITA researcher Karen Kastenhofer asked experts around the world what needs to happen to make pandemics less likely in the future.

A study has investigated what scientists around the globe see as the ways out of the pandemic. © Nick Fewings/Unsplash

In many ways, Corona exposes the inequalities of today's societies. A study at the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) has looked at the impact and significance of the current crisis for politics and society.

Experts worldwide were asked for their analysis of the social and political dimensions of the pandemic. Some 80 statements from Austria, Germany, Brazil, Canada, China and other countries show crucial links between human health and global patterns of consumption and production. "An interesting aspect about this project was to learn first hand about the global perspectives that scientists have developed beyond the crisis", says study author Karen Kastenhofer.

More info

The detailed project report with feedback from numerous countries can be read here.
Click here to go to the project page
For a short version on the project results: ITA Dossier "What opportunities does this pandemic offer" (PDF, 2 pages)

Karen Kastenhofer

is a science and technology researcher and holds a PhD in biology. Her field of work includes the reconstruction of different (techno)science cultures, the analysis of public controversies, and the discussion of possible governance models in the field of life sciences and biotechnologies. Kastenhofer is a research associate at the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). For her full bio, click here.