The CONSIDER open panel workshop took place on 18 October 2012, during the second day of the 4S/EASST conference. It is worth noticing the relevance of this conference, as the Society for Social Studies of Science is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to understanding science and technology, and held its annual conference in collaboration with EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), thus organising a highly relevant meeting of scholars interested in the social studies of science and technology.
The CONSIDER open panel was scheduled in two sessions of 90 minutes. Each session included three papers. Below is a summary of the topic and the core questions that were discussed:
1. 'Evaluation of CSO Involvement in Research Governance'
Bernd Carsten Stahl, De Montfort University (Presenter)
2. 'Legitimacy and success of civil society organisations' participation in research governance. Lessons from biomedicine and nanotechnology'
Peter Wehling, University of Augsburg (Presenter)
3. 'The formation of knowledge-based civil society organisations: Cases in Vietnam'
Quy-Hanh Nguyen, Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn (Presenter)
4. 'The NanoCap Project: NGO Participation in the EU nano debate'
Anna Lamprou, RPI (Presenter)
Anna presented on the NanoCap project, which brought together trade unions, NGOs and universities.
5. 'Civil Society Organisations and Scientific Misconduct'
Lian Xinyan, Beijing, China (Presenter)
The presentation covered high profile cases of scientific misconduct in China.
6. 'Norms and Values in Technology research'
The presentation explained how the CONSIDER project reflects on its assumptions and makes them explicit.
The various presentations and discussions highlighted a number of questions of immediate relevance to CONSIDER. Below are a number of questions that were highlighted or that arose with regards to CONSIDER that are worthy of further investigation:
Being present at the leading conference on social sciences of science and technology, which is a key reference discipline of the project, was important in its own right. It supports the academic legitimacy of the project and allowed for external scrutiny and feedback on current progress.