Summary on HOPE-, HYPE- AND FEAR-TECHNOLOGIES – THE ROLE OF SCIENCE AND POLITICS
THEME OF THE EPTA CONFERENCE 2011 IN BERLIN
Thursday, October 20, 2011
"Hope, hype and fear are the attributes of a very heterogeneous group of tech-nologies. They are believed to have the potential to solve global problems (hope), they are associated with far-reaching visions of the future and with over-reaching expectations (hype), and because of their impacts that are difficult to foresee and even less to control, they raise concerns no matter whether they are well founded or not (fear). Therefore, these technologies attract a high degree of public and political attention. This results in serious pressure on decision makers to take action and to shape the development of these technologies in spite of but also because of a precarious knowledge base and diffuse interests.
At the EPTA conference three exemplary cases will be explored. Key questions are: How do agenda setting processes proceed, which political strategies are em-ployed to tackle the problems, how does the interaction between science and politics progress, and what part do media and societal discourses play?"