Thursday, 11 September 2008 at 17:00
The Brussels-EU Chapter, the European Support Centre of the Club of Rome and Green Facts are pleased to invite you to the 52nd Aurelio Peccei Lecture at the The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium of Sciences and Arts
Director viWTA, Flemish Parliament, Belgium
Director Rathenau Institute, President EPTA, The Netherlands
MEP, Chairman STOA, Former EU-Commissioner for Research, Belgium
Honorary Membership of the EU-Chapter of CoR conferred by
H.R.H. Prince Philip of Belgium
Philippe Busquin, MEP
Laudatio by Mark Dubrulle, Member of the Board EU-Chapter CoR, President GreenFacts
Em. Professor Raoul Weiler, President, EU-Chapter of the Club of Rome
Over the last decades, Technology Assessment (TA) developed into a scientific, interactive and communicative process that contributes with high quality and independent information to the public and political opinion on science and technology issues. The inclusion of public participation as a method in achieving this has led to a potential of enriching public governance with instruments and tools that enable the political system to augment the democratic quality of decision-making. This potential of TA as a governance tool will be illustrated by several case studies taken from the Belgian context.
The effect on politicians and policy-makers of well performed and evidence based TA- reports depends first and for all on the way TA officials communicate and manage expectations. Evidence based statements do not speak for itself in politics, administration nor in civic society and for that reason being a Communicator should be one of the major assets of the institution’s corporate image. The lecture will provide arguments, opportunities, constraints and examples which illustrate the case.
Philippe Busquin, MEP
Laudatio by Mark Dubrulle,
Member of the Board EU-Chapter CoR, President GreenFacts
(Lecture will be held in French)
Today many of the issues coming before the European Parliament have a scientific or technological theme. They may be proposals directly relating to research or innovation policy, or measures concerning the many ways in which science and technology impact on society, the economy or the environment. STOA is the Parliament’s own Scientific Technology Options Assessment unit.
To read a recent article about Philippe Busquin please follow this link.
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be taken on a “first come, first served” base. You will receive an acknowledgment of your registration in due course.
Given the presence of H.R.H. Prince Philip all participants should be seated in the conference room at 17:00 sharp. The doors will be open as from 16:30.
Please send your reply before 5.09.08 either by e-mail on the attached form to cor.eu.secretary at gmail.com or by fax to GreenFacts +32 (0)2 218 89 73