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MUST Session at November FP6 conference
Posted by Jeroen on Monday, October 07 2002 @ 17:26:41 BST
News and announcements The JRC (Ispra) in close collaboration with the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation organises a workshop

Managing Uncertainty in science for suSTainability: future research challenges for Europe

as one of the side events at the start conference of the 6th Framework Programme: "European Research 2002, The European Research Area and the Framework Programme", Brussels, 11-12-13 November 2002.

This workshop is closely related to the FP6 Expression of Interest for a Network of Excellence "Management of Uncertainty in science for suSTainability (MUST)" (coordinated by the Copernicus Institute), and will bring together practitioners in the field of uncertainty management.

This field is central to policy making, as the complex problems of the environment and sustainability are becoming increasingly urgent.
The workshop will review work that has been done in the field, and develop perspectives for integration and further research topics. There are now a number of useful tools, methods and approaches, some more formal and some more informal. These are available for the assessment and management of different types of uncertainty. They are also useful for the analysis of the capacity for the handling of uncertainty in modern societies, by both institutional and discursive means.
Perspectives and priorities for further research will be developed in the light of the strong policy relevance of uncertainty management. It involves a categorization of the sources and sorts of uncertainty, and their roles in decision-making and dialogue. It is a crucial activity, at the interface of science, policy and society, for the study of the functioning of scientific knowledge as a public good, i.e. as provider of the basis for policy formulation and decision making. The challenge is to increase society's capacity to evaluate, respond to, and find ways of surmounting and accommodating uncertainties surrounding knowledge production and use.
Uncertainty management has to be seen as part of new quality assurance processes for science and policy for sustainability, based on broad societal and ethical considerations. The inherent complexity, high stakes and urgency of sustainable development is not something that can be handled by scientific-technological expertise alone. Uncertainty management is a necessary step to ensure the plurality of the knowledge input into policy processes for sustainability. This in turn will enhance the quality of the knowledge, will democratize the expert processes and can provide a sound basis for precautionary decision-making.
Further research will involve (on the conceptual side) a deeper analysis of uncertainty and policy-critical ignorance, (on the development side) integration, refinement and extension of existing tools and methods, and (on the applications side) exercises in a variety of decision-making contexts.

The workshop takes place November 11, 2002

Program
14:30 Jeroen van der Sluijs: Managing Uncertainty in Science for Sustainability, future research challenges for Europe
14:50 Jerry Ravetz: Policy critical ignorance
15:10 Andrea Saltelli: Quantitative methods
15:30 Jacquie Burgess: Deliberative methods

15:50 Break

16:00 Joachim Spangenberg: Extended peer processes
16:20 Penny Kloprogge: Coping with value-ladenness
16:40 Ângela Guimarăes Pereira: Communicating uncertainty
17:00 Matthias Kaiser: Uncertainty and precaution
17:20 Discussion
18.00 End

The workshop will take place in the congress centre of Heysel, Brussels
(Meeting. Room at the JRC Stand J/11)

Update: most presentations are now available from the nusap.net in the download section "Lectures and poster presentations"
 
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