Scientific ethics in China, independent senior citizens and different approaches on technology assessment in European countries was some of the topics discussed at the PACITA conference on Great Transitions.
The conference was held in Prague 13-15 March 2013. Experts in technology assessment from Europe and countries such as USA, Japan, China, Australia and Israel participated and discussed the current development in modern technology assessment.
Challenges: independent senior citizens
A Czech research projects shows that the modern part of the elderly prioritizes their autonomy very highly. Meanwhile, 25 % of the elderly above 85 suffer from dementia. The discussion focused on the elderly as individuals who are not to be treated as a homogeny group. Specifically tailored technology designed to help the elderly can solve some of the challenges.
Technology assessment approaches
Technology assessment is made for the benefit of policy makers, but it can be challenging to cooperate. Technology assessment is different thing and is handled differently in different countries. In Germany the technology assessments institutions has a close partnership with the politicians. In Holland the distance is big between the technology assessments institutions and the politicians. Bjørn Bedsted, Project Manager at The Danish Board of Technology explained the Danish conditions. The technology assessment institutions in Denmark are service minded and strive to fulfill the client’s needs.
China’s new part in technology assessment
China are beginning to mark themselves on the scientific map and are now closer to being a part of the international science community. Several researchers debated on the topic and agreed on the time of “us against “them” is over and that science can reach its full potential across cultures. There was also a request to scientist from development countries to no longer accept unequal access to the international scientific community.
An endless flood of science
The conference also concentrated on how to handle the quantity of published articles on science and research. Bibliometic research can be used to develop software to assess scientific articles and thereby get an impression on the development without reading all the material.