Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment

The PACITA project takes a look at TA activities going on in Europe

There is a great deal of TA activity going on in Europe already: practices involve a range of methods of cross-disciplinary expert studies, stakeholder involvement, citizen consultation and parliamentary discourse. PACITA aims to use the existing methods and to develop and communicate new ones.

In the future, technology assessment (TA) should contribute to research and technology policy in even more European countries. Through PACITA, 15 European partners analyse the situation and propose paths to establish TA.

Documentation


PACITA will document the existing practices and describe schemes for using them at the European level. In addition, it will help establish a set of training schemes as well as a Web Portal to European TA expertise

Discussion


On a national level it aims to create a debate about parliamentary TA in those countries which do not have formally established TA institutions yet. On a European level, it will invite experts, societal actors and politicians to a debate on these practices.

Action


Finally, it will provide three projects as examples on expert-basedmethods, stakeholder involvement and citizen consultation. An effective communications strategy is vital to transport the information to a broad public audience.

An independent evaluator will monitor the progress and results of the Action Plan. PACITA is coordinated by The Danish Board of Technology Foundation, an internationally renowned TA institution. ITA is the Austrian project partner of PACITA. ITA contributes to all work packages and leads both the module “Training TA” and the establishment of the TA Portal.

A shared effort - the VOLTA magazin


VOLTA, a new magazine on Science, Technology and Society in Europe, was born out of the initiative of the fifteen technology assessment organisations that work together in the European PACITA project. Articles about TA relevant issues offer policy-makers valuable information for knowledge-based decision-making.

Publications

Publications

  • Gudowsky, N., Bechtold Ulrike,, Capari Leo,, & Sotoudeh Mahshid,. (2019). Wrinkles and Smiles — What is Good Aging? A Technology Assessment Perspective. Obm Geriatrics, 3, 26. doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1902058
  • van Est, R., Nentwich, M., Ganzevles, J., & Krom, A. (2015). Seeing Technology Assessment with New Eyes. In L. Klüver, Nielsen, R. Ø., & Jørgensen, M. L. (Eds.) (pp. 18-36). London: Palgrave Pivot. doi:10.1553/ita-pa-MN-15-2
  • Nentwich, M. (2015). E-Infrastructures for Technology Assessment. In L. Klüver, Nielsen, R. Ø., & Jørgensen, M. L. (Eds.) (pp. 147-156). London: Palgrave Pivot. doi:10.1553/ita-pa-MN-15-3
  • Barland, M., Bütschi, D., Leichteris, E., & Peissl, W. (2015). Doing Cross-European Technology Assessment. In L. Klüver, Nielsen, R. Ø., & Jørgensen, M. L. (Eds.) (pp. 77-88). London: Palgrave Pivot. doi:10.1553/ita-pa-WP-15-2
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2015). Citizens´ view on sustainable consumption. ITA dossier no. 16en (October 2015; Authors: Leo Capari, Mahshid Sotoudeh). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-016en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2015). Reden wir über Konsum. ITA-Dossier Nr. 16 (Oktober 2015; AutorInnen: Leo Capari, Mahshid Sotoudeh). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-016
  • Riedlinger, D. (2015). Bye Bye VOLTA Magazin. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/publikationen/publikations-news/bye-bye-volta-magazin
  • Peissl, W., & Barland, M. (2015). Cross-European Technology Assessment: Visions for the European TA Landscape, 24. Retrieved from http://www.tatup-journal.de/tatup151_peba15a.php
  • Capari, L., Sotoudeh, M., & Bechtold, U. (2015). Teleassistenz in einer alternden Gesellschaft. Von gedachten Szenarien zu realen Empfehlungen (PACITA Kurzbericht) (p. 31). doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-e25-3
  • Riedlinger, D. (2014). Showing initiative for sustainable consumption. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/en/projects/project-news/breites-engagement-fuer-nachhaltigen-konsum
  • Riehm, U., & Nentwich, M. (2014). Was Sie schon immer TA wissen wollten: Zwei neue Webportale. TAB-Brief Nr. 44. Retrieved from http://www.tab-beim-bundestag.de/de/pdf/publikationen/tab-brief/TAB-Brief-044.pdf
  • Ganzevles, J., van Est, R., & Nentwich, M. (2014). Embracing Variety: Introducing the Inclusive Modelling of (Parliamentary) Technology Assessment. Journal Of Responsible Innovation, 1, 292-313. doi:10.1553/ita-pa-MN-14-5
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2014). How technology can support the ageing society. ITA dossier no. 12en (October 2014; Authors: Niklas Gudowsky, Ulrike Bechtold). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-012en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2014). Wie Technik Älteren helfen kann. ITA-Dossier Nr. 12 (Oktober 2014; AutorInnen: Niklas Gudowsky, Ulrike Bechtold). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-012
  • Capari, L., & Sotoudeh, M. (2014). PACITA Deliverable 6.6: National report – Scenario workshop in Austria (p. 50). doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-e25-2
  • Riedlinger, D. (2014). European Wide Views - Die Ergebnisse!. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/projekte/news/european-wide-views-die-ergebnisse
  • Sotoudeh, M., Peissl, W., Gudowsky, N., & Jacobi, A. (2014). CIVISTI Method for Future Studies with Strong Participative Elements. (T. Michalek, Hebáková, L., Hennen, L., Scherz, C., Nierling, L., & Hahn, J., Eds.). Prague: Technology Centre ASCR. Retrieved from http://pacita.strast.cz/en/outputs/outputs-list/proceedings-from-the-pacita-2013-conference-in-prague
  • Riedlinger, D. (2013). Was kann Big Data?. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/projekte/news/was-kann-big-data
  • Riedlinger, D. (2013). Voller Erfolg in Prag – Europäische Konferenz zu TA. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungs-news/voller-erfolg-in-prag
  • Riedlinger, D. (2013). Politik und TA. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungs-news/politik-und-ta

Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 27/02/2015 , Berlin
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Statement am Podium: Visions of Parliamentary TA in Europe in the Light of the PACITA Experience
    2nd European TA conference: The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment; Session "Visions of TA"
  • 26/02/2015 , Berlin
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Statement am Podium: Experiences and Challenges for Austrian TA
    2nd European TA conference: The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment; Plenary Session "What's Next fo TA? Experiences, Perspectives, Outlooks"
  • 26/02/2015 , Berlin
    Michael Nentwich: 
    The PACITA TA Portal. Poster Presentation
    2nd European TA conference: The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment; Poster Session
  • 26/02/2015 , Berlin
    Mahshid Sotoudeh,  Ulrike Bechtold,  Niklas Gudowsky-Blatakes,  Leo Capari: 
    The public view on an ageing society. Insights from two participatory case studies in Austria
    PACITA, 2nd European TA Conference
  • 26/02/2015 , Berlin
    Ulrike Bechtold: 
    Future Technologies – Current Challenges: Future Assistive Technologies as Drafted by Engineers, their Effects upon Users and some Further Implications
    PACITA, 2nd European TA Conference
  • 25/02/2015 , Berlin
    Michael Nentwich: 
    The PACITA TA Portal – Achievements and Challenges Ahead
    2nd European TA conference: The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment; Session "E-Infrastructures for TA"
  • 25/02/2015 , Berlin
    Mahshid Sotoudeh,  Ulrike Bechtold,  Niklas Gudowsky-Blatakes,  Leo Capari: 
    Participatory Foresight – Experiences with a Qualitative Demand Side Approach
    PACITA, 2nd European TA Conference
  • 04/06/2014 , Wien
    Mahshid Sotoudeh,  Leo Capari: 
    PACITA Fallstudie “Teleassistenz in einer alternden Gesellschaft”: Ein Szenario-Workshop mit Stakeholder-Beteiligung
    Internationale Konferenz NTA6-TA14: Responsible Innovation – Neue Impulse für die Technikfolgenabschätzung?
  • 05/07/2013 , Budapest
    Michael Nentwich: 
    From shared science-government involvement in TA to a Parliament developing a permanent TA advisory system
    2nd PACITA Workshop
  • 15/03/2013 , Prag
    Michael Ornetzeder,  Petra Wächter: 
    Transition pathways to a sustainable energy future in Austria: Socio-technical scenarios and structural challenges
    Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions (1st PACITA Conference), Session XIII: 'Energy Transition'
  • 15/03/2013 , Prag
    Walter Peissl,  Mahshid Sotoudeh: 
    CIVISTI method for future studies with strong participative elements
    Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions (1st PACITA Conference), Session XVIII: 'Participation: Practical Cases'
  • 14/03/2013 , Prag
    Alexander Bogner: 
    The paradox of participation in new and emerging technologies
    Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions (1st PACITA Conference), Session XII: 'Participatory Methods'
  • 08/03/2013 , Namur
    Michael Nentwich: 
    TA en Autriche
    Les nouvelles technologies en débat. Colloque inaugural des "Midis du Technology Assessment" au Parlement Wallon
  • 12/11/2012 , Karlsruhe
    Walter Peissl: 
    TA Vision 2020
    Workshop on Cross European TA
  • 13/09/2012 , Sofia
    Walter Peissl: 
    Having Impact
    2nd National Policy Workshop 'Technology Assessment in Public Policy in Bulgaria: Goals, Stakeholders, Added Value, and Impact'
  • 21/06/2012 , Copenhagen
    Walter Peissl: 
    What is the added value of European projects and motives for cooperation for national TA bodies? Introduction to the workshop Cross European TA: Experiences and Prospects
    PACITA Consortium Meeting
  • 22/05/2012 , Budapest
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Technology Assessment in the framework of an Academy of Science – The Case of ITA
    PACITA Workshop
  • 20/04/2012 , Sofia
    Walter Peissl,  Mahshid Sotoudeh: 
    CIVISTI: Citizens‘ Visions on Science, Technology & Innovation
    PACITA Workshop
  • 20/04/2012 , Sofia
    Walter Peissl: 
    PRISE – Privacy and Security: Supporting activity outline
    PACITA Workshop
  • 20/04/2012 , Sofia
    Walter Peissl: 
    ITA – The Institute of Technology Assessment: Organisation and Vision
    PACITA Workshop