Post-Normal Science (PNS) is an approach to issues at the science-policy interface where facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent. The framework’s name reflects the aim to propose an alternative to the scientific ‘normal’ approach, according to which scientist and scientific consultants are the only providers of solutions and ‘truths’ to the engaged stakeholders. The PNS field of studies originally created by Ravetz and Funtowicz in the late eighties/early nineties has since then spread becoming a source of inspiration for plenty of scholars. So far, three dedicated symposia have been organised in recent years:
For its 4th edition, the Post-Normal Science symposium is to take place at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, on November 16-17 2018. Open Evidence research is at present the main organising partner of the event. This edition aims at bridging across the PNS analytical lenses, as used for deconstructing the current science-for-governance arrangements and for promoting a constructive approach of a new framework based on participation, ethics and matter of care in scientific inquires.
The key-note speakers for this edition will be
Ariella Helfgott (University of Oxford), whose research spans conceptual and mathematical modeling of system resilience and adaptability, through to participatory approaches to building resilience and adaptive capacity on-the-ground.
Annika E. Nilsson (Stockholm Environment Institute), whose work focuses on Arctic change, with research on environmental governance and communication at the science-policy interface.
Andrea Saltelli (University of Bergen), whose main disciplinary focus is on sensitivity analysis of model output and on sensitivity auditing, an extension of sensitivity analysis to the entire evidence-generating process in a policy context.
Melanie Smallman (University College London), whose research looks at how the public form views around new and emerging science and technology, the impact of these views on public policy and how expert advice is conceived and used in policymaking.
Contributions for oral presentations, posters or artistic installations are welcome until June 8 under one of the following thematic sections:
i) PNS as a critical concept for informed resistance and reform
ii) Ethics and matters of care in quantification, algorithms and big data
iii) Tools and practices in knowledge quality assessment and extended peer communities
iv) Post-normal literacy
v) Puzzling value landscapes
vi) PNS in the making of futures.
More information are available on the event website.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Barcelona!