Three decades of institutionalised TA in Austria
Michael Nentwich & Daniela Fuchs (ITA-manu:script 2021)
how it all began
1985 Technology assessment working group as part of a pre-existing research institute, the latter being renamed Institute for Socio-Economic development, Resarch and Technology Assessment (ISET), Director: Ernest Braun 1987 Foundation of the Technology Assessment Commission Conversion into the Technology Assessment Unit (TAU) 1991 New Director: Gunther Tichy 1993 Associate member of European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) 1994 Conversion and renaming as Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) 2001 Organisation of the institute's first international TA conference (TA01) 2004 Founding member of the German-speaking Network Technology Assessment (NTA) 2005 Symposium "20 Years TA in Austria" (TA05) 2006 New Director: Michael Nentwich Spin-off of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) group, foundation of a Ludwig Boltzmann Institute 2008 Local organisation of the 3rd conference of the Network Technology Assessment NTA3 together with TA08 1st meeting of the new international Scientific Advisory Board 2009 ITA becomes part of the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG) for the European Parliament 2013 ITA becomes full member in the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) network 2017 Framework agreement on foresight and technology assessment with the Austrian Parliament 2019 Founding member of the globalTA network 2021 20th annual conference together with the 9th conference of the Network Technology Assessment (NTA)
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Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences
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This open access edited book provides new thinking on scientific identity formation. It thoroughly interrogates the concepts of community and identity, including both historical and contemporaneous analyses of several scientific fields. Chapters examine whether, and how, today’s scientific identities and communities are subject to fundamental changes, reacting to tangible shifts in research funding as well as more intangible transformations in our society’s understanding and expectations of technoscience. In so doing, this book reinvigorates the concept of scientific community.
Readers will discover empirical analyses of newly emerging fields such as synthetic biology, systems biology and nanotechnology, and accounts of the evolution of theoretical conceptions of scientific identity and community. With inspiring examples of technoscientific identity work and community constellations, along with thought-provoking hypotheses and discussion, the work has a broad appeal. Those involved in science governance will benefit particularly from this book, and it has much to offer those in scholarly fields including sociology of science, science studies, philosophy of science and history of science, as well as teachers of science and scientists themselves.
Editors: Kastenhofer, Karen, Molyneux-Hodgson, Susan (Eds.)
Table of contents
Making Sense of Community and Identity in Twenty-First Century Technoscience Success of a Research Speciality at the University of Strasbourg (1961–2011) What Synthetic Biology Aims At: Review Articles as Sites for Constructing and Narrating an Emerging Field The Emergence of Technoscientific Fields and the New Political Sociology of Science Self-Organisation and Steering in International Research Collaborations The Project-ed Community The Epistemic Importance of Novices: How Undergraduate Students Contribute to Engineering Laboratory Communities Tracing Technoscientific Collectives in Synthetic Biology: Interdisciplines and Communities of Knowledge Application Community by Template? Considering the Role of Templates for Enacting Membership in Digital Communities of Practice Performing Science in Public: Science Communication and Scientific Identity Being a ‘Good Researcher’ in Transdisciplinary Research: Choreographies of Identity Work Beyond Community Constructing (Inter)Disciplinary Identities: Biographical Narrative and the Reproduction of Academic Selves and Communities ‘Big Interdisciplinarity’: Unsettling and Resettling Excellence A Passion for Science: Addressing the Role of Emotions in Identities of Biologists
The ITA deals with the impacts of new technologies on society, the environment and the economy. It carries out scientific technology assessment (TA) on a variety of topics.
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As an interdisciplinary institute the ITA is part of the OeAW as a whole. The institute is advised by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The work of the institute is funded from various sources.
At present, we comprise a team of twenty with a broad range of expertise. Half of the scientific team was originally trained in the natural and engineering sciences, the other half in the social sciences and humanities. The disciplinary backgrounds range from philosophy, sociology, political science and law, to economy, informatics, process engineering, biology and human ecology. Our office team specializes in project management, public relations, events management, IT support and information management. The ITA also supports young academics by employing trainees and supervising diploma and doctoral theses. There is a weekly staff meeting to exchange ideas on interdisciplinary and organisational matters.
Our scientific work is organised in projects. Besides thematic working groups, collaborations are often established between the various fields of activity. Depending on requirements, the internal research teams can be temporarily supplemented by external experts. Each project has an internal project advisory board and some also have an external board. Project seminars in which the whole academic ITA team participates take place regularly for the purpose of quality control.
Die wissenschaftliche Arbeit erfolgt in Form von Projekten. Neben thematischen Arbeitsgruppen gibt es oft Kooperationen zwischen den verschiedenen Arbeitsbereichen. Je nach Bedarf werden die Forschungsteams aus dem Kreis des ITA dabei für einen befristeten Zeitraum durch externe ExpertInnen ergänzt. Jedes Projekt hat einen internen Projektbeirat und bisweilen auch einen externen Beirat. Zur Qualitätskontrolle finden regelmäßig Projektseminare mit der gesamten wissenschaftlichen Belegschaft statt.