Citizens from all over Austria come together to asses future energy technologies

The current energy system is mainly based on fossil energy sources. To minimise or prevent severe negative consequences in terms of costs and the effects on mankind and the biosphere, this system has to undergo radical changes.

Today, a switch to renewable sources of energy is viewed by many as the only realistic alternative for a secure energy supply system. Research and development play a crucial role for this transitory process. However, technology alone will not be able to tackle this challenge. If this complex, multi-faceted system is gradually going to change radically, the population has to support the decisions made.

FSA-Energy – FSA stands for Future Search & Assessment – is therefore seeking a broad dialogue with the population. Energy research should take more account of society's visions and wishes.

Energy research with one ear to the ground

Lomg-term research programmes are usually based on a model and attempt to identify topics for research and development that are as precise as possible. Participative technology assessment (pTA) can contribute to this process, allowing account to be taken of society's points of view.

The results of citizen participation can add valuable knowledge to – and critically question - expert views. Throughout the project, we discussed and assessed above all those research topics that are directly intended for end users.

Citizens conference in Vienna broke new ground

Against this background, the ITA organised a multi-stage participative process. The method chosen consisted of a well balanced mix of, plenary sessions and moderated working groups in which citizen opinions on expert input were discussed. The main event, attended by around 30 citizens from all over Austria took place in Vienna on 24-25 November 2007.

Publikationen

Publikationen

  • Ornetzeder, M., Bechtold, U., & Nentwich, M. (2009). Participatory assessment of sustainable end-user technology in Austria. In C. A. Brebbia & Mammoli, A. A. (Eds.), Energy and Sustainability II (pp. 269-278). Southampton/Boston: WIT press.
  • Nentwich, M., Ornetzeder, M., & Bechtold, U. (2008). Partizipative Technikfolgenabschätzung am Beispiel Energietechnologien. Ita-Newsletter, 15-16. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0608.pdf
  • Nentwich, M., Bechtold, U., & Ornetzeder, M. (2008). Future Search & Assessment "Energie und EndverbraucherInnen" (p. 82). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-d33
  • Ornetzeder, M. (2008). Technik und Demokratie: BürgerInnen bewerten die Energieforschung. Glocalist Magazine, 34 f.
  • Bechtold, U. (2007). Partizipative Energieforschungspolitik, 3. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0907.pdf#3
  • Ornetzeder, M. (2007). Wir müssen völlig neue Systeme entwickeln.
  • Bechtold, U. (2007). BürgerInnen erarbeiten Empfehlungen zum Thema "Energie und EndverbraucherInnen", 2-3. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL1207.pdf#2
  • Nentwich, M. (2007). Partizipative Technologiepolitik in Österreich. Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie Und Praxis, 16(3), 80-83. Retrieved from http://www.tatup-journal.de/tatup073_nent07a.php
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Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

  • 25/06/2009 , Bologna
    Michael Ornetzeder: 
    Participatory assessment of sustainable end-user energy technology in Austria
    2nd international conference on Energy and Sustainability
    Other Lecture
  • 06/09/2008 , Barcelona
    Michael Nentwich,  Michael Ornetzeder,  Ulrike Bechtold: 
    Future Search & Assessment: Participatory evaluation of the end-user energy technology research agenda in Austria
    First ISA Forum of Sociology: Sociological Research and Public Debate
    Other Lecture
  • 09/05/2008 , Graz
    Michael Ornetzeder: 
    What do people Think? Participatory evaluation of the end-user energy research agenda in Austria
    7th Annual IAS-STS Conference
    Other Lecture
  • 11/03/2008 , Wien
    Michael Ornetzeder: 
    Die österreichische Energiezukunft aus Sicht der BürgerInnen
    Energiegespräche - Perspektiven der langfristigen Energietechnologie-Entwicklung
    Other Invited Lecture
  • 05/03/2008 , Wels
    Michael Nentwich,  Michael Ornetzeder,  Ulrike Bechtold: 
    What Do People Think? Participatory Future Search & Assessment Conference on the Austrian Energy Research Agenda
    World Sustainable Energy Days 2008
    Other Lecture
  • 22/02/2008 , Berlin
    Michael Nentwich,  Michael Ornetzeder,  Ulrike Bechtold: 
    Participatory energy research policy: The case of a Future Search & Assessment conference in Austria
    Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change/International Conference of the Social-Ecological Research Programme
    Other Lecture
  • 26/11/2007 , Wien
    Michael Nentwich,  Michael Ornetzeder,  Ulrike Bechtold: 
    Energieforschung aus Sicht österreichischer Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Ergebnisse eines intensiven Wochenendes.
    Energie und Endverbraucher im Spannungsfeld zwischen Technologieinnovation und Lebensstil
    Other Lecture
  • 24/05/2007 , Prag
    Michael Ornetzeder: 
    User-led innovations and social learning processes as basis for sustainable energy policy
    International Conference to Questions of the Sustainable Development of Regions
    Other Invited Lecture
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Duration

07/2007 - 03/2008