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PNS 5 Symposium
A digital journey to the 2021 PNS Florence Symposium

Knowledge, Science Practices and Integrity: Quality through Post-Normal Science Lenses.

University of Florence (Florence, IT)

Digital journey - PNS5 Timetable

Here the last version of the digital journey programme.

Monday 21/09

09:30-10:30 - INTRO SESSION

Chair:Silvio Funtowicz (UiB, NO)
Address by:Jerome Ravetz (OU, UK)


CitieS-Health: Citizen Science through Post-normal Science lenses. Challenges and lessons from CitieS-Health Project
Chair:Bruna De Marchi (UiB, NO)
Speakers:Muki Haklay (UCL, UK)
Gerard Hoek (UT, NL)
David Kriebel (UML, USA)
Annibale Biggeri (UF, IT)

Tuesday 22/09

09:30-10:30 - INTERACTIVE SESSION #1

Challenges in governing a future energy transition
Moderator:Mario Giampietro (UAB, ES)
Conversants:Maddalena Rippa (UAB, ES)
Tessa Dunlop (UAB, ES)


Post-normal Science in Practice - Lessons Learned from the MAGIC project
Chair:Silvio Funtowicz (UiB, NO)
Speakers:Mario Giampietro (UAB, ES)
Lorenzo Benini (EEA)
Kerry Waylen (HU, UK )
Roger Strand (UiB, NO)
Ângela Guimarães Pereira (EC-JRC)

17:30-18:30 - HANDBOOK

Science for Policy Handbook: Collaborative practices in Joint Research Centre vs Extended Peer Communities
Chair:Marta Sienkiewicz (EC-JRC)

Silvio Funtowicz (UiB, NO)
Alessandro Rancati (EC-JRC)
Coralia Catana (EC-JRC)
Susanne Szkola (EC-JRC)

Wednesday 23/09

09:30-10:30 - INTERACTIVE SESSION #2

Redrawing the Boundaries between Science and Society: Between “Strengthening Science” and Making it Inclusive
Moderator:Martin O'Connor (UVSQ, FR)
Conversants:Alessandro Allegra (UCL, UK)
Antonella Ficorilli (EP, IT)
Vesco Paskalev (BUL, UK)


Addressing Ambiguity in Participatory Processes
Chair:Marcela Brugnach (IAS, ES)
Conversants:Caroline van Bers (UO, DE)
Violeta Cabello (IBFS, ES)


Practicing PNS in the face of power
Chair:Marta Struminska-Kutra (VID, NO)
David Barkin (UAM, MX)
Leandro Luiz Giatti (USP, BR)
Martin O'Connor (UVSQ, FR)
Marta Struminska-Kutra (VID, NO)

Thursday 24/09

09:30-11:00 - KEY CONVERSATION

Post-normal Science
Chair:Dafne Lemus (UiB, NO)
Conversants:Jeroen Van der Sluijs (UiB ,NO)
Laura Maxim (CNRS, FR)


Uncomfortable knowledge
Chair:Mario Giampietro (UAB, ES)
Speakers:Richard Rosen (TI, USA)
Jordi Solé (UVI, ES)
Raul Velasco (UAB, ES)
Laura Pérez (UAB, ES)

17:30-18:30 - MAKERS

The Covid19 challenge
Chair:Paulo Rosa (TRACYS)

Friday 25/09


Can PNS principles save us from corrupt corporations and promote just and sustainable practices?
Moderator:Jessica Fuller (UiB, NO)
Conversants:Dorothy Dankel (UiB, NO)
Andrea Saltelli (UOC, ES)


With homemade own coktails and other drinks.

As science's inter-penetration with technology, finance, politics and mass-media becomes ever more profound, new challenges arise.  Scientific practices are becoming increasingly diverse — for example, as citizen science, DIY and makers movements gain prominence, and traditional, local and indigenous knowledge are (re)valued.  Plurality in the forms of knowledge increases complexity.  In this context, the protection of integrity and quality of knowledge includes critical thinking about science itself.  New demarcations are needed, between science practices with qualities that are negotiated with society, and practices that are shoddy, entrepreneurial, opportunistic, reckless, vacuous, or outright dirty.  Confronting issues at the science-technology-policy interface with PNS lenses yields something more rigorously managed than politics, less precise than laboratory science, more challenging than either of them, and with the potential to restore integrity to science practice and prudence in policy advice.

Themes of interest

The list is not exhaustive and related themes may be considered.

  1. Quality. How has the conceptualisation of quality evolved in PNS research? Which qualities are needed in the post-normal age? If quality is defined as fitness for purpose, whose purposes are taken into account by science? How can qualities be negotiated and assessed with society?

  2. Demarcation. How is PNS positioning itself in the post-truth & post-facts debate? Can and should the boundary between science and technology be defined? How are the crisis of democracy and the crisis of science interconnected?

  3. Integrity. How can personal and collective integrity be preserved in the political economy of technoscience? Can PNS contribute to restore the integrity of science while fostering reflexivity about values?

  4. Extended peer communities. What are the conceptual developments, practical applications and lessons learned from extended peer communities? Can PNS-inspired work avoid the fallacies of naivety, opportunism and skepticism? Do and should PNS researchers act as “honest brokers”? Is there a role for the ethics of care?

  5. Scientific controversies. What is the role of scientific practices "less precise than laboratory science"? How have the analysis of uncertainty and complexity evolved in PNS?

  6. Post-truth & Uncomfortable knowledge. How to face the challenge of "post-truth"? How to make "uncomfortable knowledge" visible and usable?

  7. Other. Open for suggestions.

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