The European TA Conference within the EU-Project Parliaments and Civil Society in TA will take place in Berlin, 25-27 February 2015. Session concepts should be submitted until 28th of March 2014.
Under the headline "The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment" the conference will highlight the role of TA as well as related research and practice with regard to the Grand Challenges of our time. Reflecting TA's capacities to deal with these challenges not only includes insights into the scientific and technological developments involved (such as new and emerging technologies, ICT, or service robotics). Besides analyzing societal debates, conflicts and problems of decision making it is also necessary to reflect upon concepts, methods and instruments to support democratic problem solving and decision making (such as sustainable development and consumption, public engagement, risk assessment, evidence-based policy making and communication).
The overall aim of the conference is to support the exchange of TA capacities throughout Europe. TA comprises methods, practices and institutions for knowledge based policy making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, including TA-related fields such as Foresight, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and research on Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects (ELSA) of science and technology. Ideas for experimental formats are especially welcome!