IGS Universiteit Twente
SNet Conference 2012

OECD Workshop: Tuesday 23 October

Workshop on aligning the Policy, Practice and Research of Community Engagement on Nanotechnology

On Tuesday afternoon the S.NET conference program will feature a workshop on Policy, Practice and Research of Community Engagement on Nanotechnology. This workshop will be hosted by the OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN), in order to bring together policy makers, researchers and practitioners of nanotechnology community engagement to develop key principles to inform ongoing nanotechnology community engagement amongst OECD government members.

This workshop is accessible for all S.NET participants but attendants are asked to do some preparative work (see below).

In the period 2007-2012 the WPN undertook a body of work on Public Engagement, which culminated in the 2012 publication of a report entitled “Planning Guide for Public Engagement and Outreach in Nanotechnology”. (Available at: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/51/12/49961768.pdf)

This report built on 8 key points for consideration for policy makers when planning public engagement activities in nanotechnology. (short overview at: http://issuu.com/oecd_sti/docs/guide_to_public_engagement_in_nanotechnology) The report will be the focal point for the workshop, seeking to use it as a basis for developing underlying principles to supplement the 8 key points, based on best practice engagement that are in accord with current practice and research into science and technology in society.

The workshop will seek to develop:

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A set of agreed upon key principles to inform best practice in public engagement on nanotechnology amongst OECD members, over the next five or more years,

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Better mutual understanding of the priorities and limitations of those involved in policy, practice and research,

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Stronger links between those involved in each group.

The workshop will also seek to define:

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Are there disconnects between theory, practice and policy development that need to be bridged?

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How might this best be done?

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What are restrictions to best practice public engagement practices in different fields?

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A better understanding of how policy makers seek expert information and what their differing information needs are (as well as their diversity of perspectives and needs),

Workshop Preparation

Participants to the workshop should prepare by:

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having read the OECD best practice engagement document

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developed a few best practice principles from their own field of expertise to bring to the workshop

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have listed any success factors for engagement activities they have been involved in.