On February the 25th, 26th and 27th has taken place in Berlin the second edition of the PACITA conference on technology assessment in Europe. During three intensive days of speeches and parallel sessions, participants from all over the world have shared their visions on political decision making regarding the implantation and approval of new technologies.
The NERRI project (Neuro-enhancement and Responsible Research and Innovation), for its interest in political recommendations and its narrow relationship with stakeholders, has had a moment inside the conference. On Wednesday the 25th in the afternoon, some project partners presented their experiences involving citizens: Nicole Kronberger from University Johannes Kepler in Linz (Austria), and Jürgen Hampel, from University of Stuttgart (Germany) moderated the session. Who presented the cases were Ronja Schütz, from University of Mainz (Germany); Christian Hofmaier, from University of Stuttgart (Germany), Imre Bard, from London School of Economics (United Kingdom); and Núria Saladié, from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
The PACITA conference is organized in the framework of the project of the same name, “Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment”, a four-year long initiative that wants institutions to increase and improve their decision making capacity based on science, technology and innovation knowledge.
NERRI is a three-year project funded by the European Commission inside the 7th Framework Programme. The project applies the concept of RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) to the field of neuro-enhancement, which investigates technologies, methods and substances that improve human cognitive capacities. It wants to know citizenship’s opinion about neuro-enhancement and write a set of recommendation to help the European Commission define its regulation.