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Dr. Camilo Fautz Gave a Lecture on the Governance of Emerging Science and Technology

Dr. Camillo Fautz, member of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Germany, gave a lecture on the governance of emerging science and technology in Tsinghua’s Sociology of Science and Policy for Science and Technology Salon on Sep 17, 2015. 

In the lecture, Dr. Fautz reviewed the development, defeat, and the controversy on the public participation in the governance of emerging science and technology in Europe. Under the dilemma named “representative crisis” and “legitimate crisis” in 1990s, a broader participation institution was regarded as one of the most important parts in the neo-cooperation and reflective governance. The result of it however, was far below success. Not only the passion of the participants declined, the practice itself was also critiqued as symbolized political show or social experimentation. Dr. Fautz argued, a social robustness model of the socio-technical system should be adopted, where the public participation should not be simply believed as a “more democratic” political decision. On the contrary, the consensus lie deeply in the broad and deep intertwine in all steps in the policy process, from the agenda to implementation, which also implies the policy system for the emerging science and technology governance should be as open as it can.

Scholars from Tsinghua University, China Agricultural University and Chinese Academy of Sciences came to attend this event. Related topics such as the institution for the public participation, the difference between experts and public, as well as expertise and lay knowledge, the influce of uncertainty of scientific evidence on policy-making, etc. were discussed by the audiences and speakers.