Title: Interfaces Between Science and Society: Introduction
Authors: GUEDES VAZ SofiaMARTINHO GUIMARAES PIRES PEREIRA ANGELA
Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing
Publication Year: 2006
JRC Publication N°: JRC35476
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC35476
Type: Articles in books
Abstract: Research on the interfaces between science and society is a growing area. This is the direct consequence of the evolution of how science has pervaded public life and of how society is becoming an active participant in that changing role of science. A new conception of knowledge appears to be emerging, based on awareness of complexity, uncertainty and a plurality of legitimate perspectives. Democracy is extending into the previously quite exclusive scientific realm, and science must submit to public scrutiny and participation in the appropriate ways. This means that the public is beginning to become engaged in the process of governance of knowledge. A reflection on the methods and tools for knowledge quality assurance, namely on its inputs to extended policy and decision-making processes, is needed.
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