The Austrian Academy of Sciences holds a conference on the subject of What are experts good for? Scientific expertise between political demands and public scepticism.
The Austrian Institute for Technology Assessment ITA is concerned with interdisciplinary research at the interfaces of technology and society. It focuses on development tendencies, their impact on society and options for possible changes in technological development. Research results serve to counsel decision makers, since in spite of the current scepticism towards science, scientific expertise continues to be the politicians' first choice when it comes to deciding on controversial issues.
Interested scientists are welcome to submit abstracts (400 words) to Alexander Bogner, abogner(at)oeaw.ac.at or by fax to 0043 1 7109883 until 28 February 2003.
Further information on the conference is available at http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ta03/
26. May 2003