The 2017 Science and Technology and Innovation conference addresses the new issues and challenges that have appeared in Science, Technology and Innovation indicators. The conference will be the opportunity to showcase results from the intense work done in recent years on the way science, technology and innovation indicators, which are used in relating social actors to science and technology.
Participatory research programmes, combined with active civil society organizations, promote a need for debates and more democratic decision-making processes. Expertise can no longer be limited to top-down application of scientific knowledge and indicators should reflect and contribute to this democratic move. How can and do indicators get involved into this democratic move? How is this enlarged participation of actors into the definition and shaping of indicators changing the modalities of their construction?
The Conference will thus propose to engage in stimulating exchanges around these new developments concerning actor-based indicators, in a large variety of sectors from scientific and technological production, to innovations in service sectors such as tourism, leisure and culture, health, ageing, or food catering, to non-technological and organizational innovations. It will open the debates on the democratic uses of STI indicators and the specific challenges participation of a wider range of actors pose to the construction of sound, meaningful and robust indicators.
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