GIST Seminar

The 58th GIST Seminar
"'The Good University' and the institutionalization of responsible innovation"

The 58th GIST Seminar<br> The 58th GIST Seminar<br>
Speaker Dr. Erik Fisher (Assoc.Professor, Arizona State University), Dr. Sally Randles (Senior Research Fellow, University of Manchester)
Time 18:30-20:30, Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Venue Research Meeting Room 4A, 4th floor, GRIPS
(7-22-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)(Access)
Sponsor GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST)
Language English
Fee Free (Pre-registraion required)

Presentation Overview

Dr. Erik Fisher
"Designing Effective Socio-Technical Integration Programs"
Public concern and expert uncertainty about new and emerging technologies have become prominent topics of policy discourse throughout the industrialized world. Attempting to earn public trust and support, policy makers have begun mandating "socio-technical integration" - trans-disciplinary collaborations that are meant to incorporate social and ethical perspectives into science and innovation. However, such collaborations are antithetical to historical models about science and technology. These models state that any attempt to control science and innovation will harm its promotion. Drawing from the results of over 30 international laboratory engagement studies, I present "proof of concept" that scientific creativity (promotion) and ethical reflection (control) in the laboratory setting can be mutually reinforcing, rather than antithetical to one another. I conclude by suggesting criteria for designing and assessing effective socio-technical integration programs.

Dr. Sally Randles
"Responsible Research and Innovation and Horizon 2020: Policy signals from the European Union"
"The European Commission is currently funding four significant projects on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). These are called RES-AGorA, GREAT, PROGRESS and RESPONSIBILITY. All four were commissioned in early 2013, and will last for three years. My presentation to the GRIPs seminar in Tokyo will provide an overview of these four projects whilst focussing on one of them: RES-AGorA. The core objective of RES-AGorA is to provide guidance on a governance framework for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Europe. The presentation will be set in the context of the forthcoming EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation in Europe covering the period 2014 to 2020, and will highlight relevant research and innovation policy signals."

Presentation Slides Slides1(6.5M) Slides2(298K)

Simplified personal history

Erik Fisher is the principle investigator for the Socio-Technical Integration Research project (STIR; NSF #0849101), assistant director of international activities at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS; NSF #0531194), and assistant professor in the School of Government, Politics, and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Fisher has a joint appointment at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) and leads a Real-time Technology Assessment research thrust for CNS. Fisher studies the multi-level governance of emerging technologies, spanning the nested chains of agency from “lab to legislature.” He developed the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach of Midstream Modulation to help understand how social and ethical aspects of science and engineering decision-making may be broadened. Fisher holds a doctorate in environmental studies (science policy), a master’s degree in classics (both from the University of Colorado), and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics (from St. John’s College in Santa Fe and Annapolis).

Sally Randles is Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester, UK. Her research focus is emergent technologies, governance and society. As Principal Investigator for the University of Manchester on the (2009) FP7, NANOPLAT project she led on value chains in nano-consumer products and distributed governance. She is currently PI for Univ Manchester on the 3 year FP7 RES-AGORA project (commissioned February 2013) on socio-normative governance frameworks for responsible research and innovation. She holds a BSc in Management Sciences from Lancaster University, an MBA and a PhD from the University of Manchester in urban geography and political economy. Previous roles include principal economic development officer within regional government in the UK, community development officer in Spitalfields, east London, and survey officer and author at the UK Consumers’ Association publishers of ‘Which?’ magazine.


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