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PNS 5 Symposium

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

University of Florence (Florence, IT)
Palazzo Fenzi-Marucelli

21 -23 September 2020

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.

Road map towards PNS5

OPENING DATE DECEMBER 2nd 2019


Jerry Ravetz Awards

Making use of royalties from the publication of the volume Science on the Verge, two grants to support the participation of young scholars (up to 35 years) at PNS5 will be offered.  These are known as Jerry Ravetz Awards.  Applications must be submitted via the this conference website.  Required documents are: a motivation letter and a CV.

Opening: December 2nd, 2019
Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Acceptance date: February 29th, 2020


Call for Invited Sessions

All those who wish to organize a session are requested to submit a proposal.  Sessions should consist of a minimum of three speakers, although otherwise the format is flexible.  The session organizer(s) must declare sponsorship if they have some, and they must secure the necessary funds for the speakers of their session.  The session organizer(s) may be one of the speakers.  

People proposing an invited session should apply through this website and specify:

  • the title and motivations of the session (max 1,000 words, indicating topic, originality and relevance to PNS, specific information about the application areas and methodological issues);
  • details on the sponsorship (if any);
  • a list of the speakers or discussants (including provisional titles and contact addresses, including e-mail).

Opening: December 2nd, 2019
Deadline : January 31st, 2020
Acceptance date: March 14th, 2020


Call for Scientific Contributions

People wishing to make an Oral or Poster presentation at the PNS5 Symposium are invited to send an Abstract of 500 words maximum through this conference website specifying their presentation preference, that is, oral or poster presentation.  Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee for acceptance.  The Scientific Committee will then indicate if the Abstract has been accepted for oral presentation or as a poster.

Opening: December 2nd, 2019
Deadline: March 14th, 2020
Acceptance date: April 30th, 2020

In the case of acceptance, those presenting must register for PNS5 no later than the 15th May, 2020.  This is the Early registration deadline (as set out below).


Registration

On-line Registration and Payment of the corresponding Fee are required in order to attend the PNS5 Symposium.

Dates
Opening of Registration: December 2nd, 2019
Early registration deadline: May 15th, 2020
Late registration deadline: June 15th, 2020

Fees
Students/non academics:* 50.00€ (no distinction by date of registration).
Academics/non-profit organizations: 100.00€, early registrations, deadline May 15th, 2020.
300.00€, late registrations, deadline June 15th, 2020.
Businesses and other for-profit organizations: 300.00€ (no distinction for early/late registration).

* Non academics here refers to science practitioners working outside formal public and private sector R&D and science institutions, to DIY or other engaged/amateur scientists, and to citizens and other interested people.


Families with Children

PNS5 Symposium is a family-friendly conference.  We will do our best to accommodate family needs and, with this in mind, parents or other caregivers are invited to register early on and to indicate any requirements on the registration form (e.g., nursing or storage, childcare, access to venue for partner/care-giver).  More information will be published.


Social Event

We will organize a social dinner on Tuesday, September 22nd. In the registration form each participant should indicate if she/he will attend the social dinner, specifying the number of accompanying persons and dietary restrictions.  The social dinner is free of charge for registered participants and for accompanying children under 12.  Accompanying adults and children above 12 will be charged 30.00€ per guest.


Call for Papers for special issue publication

A special issue of the journal Futures is planned.  Futures is an international, refereed, multidisciplinary journal concerned with medium and long-term futures of cultures and societies, science and technology, economics and politics, environment and the planet, individuals and humanity: www.journals.elsevier.com/futures  

Any person or group presenting at the PNS5 Symposium may indicate their interest in having their contribution considered for the Futures special issue, when submitting their Abstract.  Selected authors will be contacted by the special issue guest editors (Fiammetta Battaglia, Annibale Biggeri, Zora Kovacic), with an invitation to submit an article following the journal submission guidelines.  Articles will be peer-reviewed.  Articles must be submitted no later than 31th December 2020.

Event place Symposium 2020

Dates to keep in mind

Event local time

2nd Dec 2019

9:00 AM Registration opening

9:00 AM Call for Scientific Contributions opening

9:00 AM Call for Invited Sessions opening

9:00 AM Jerry Ravetz Awards opening

31st Jan 2020

11:59 PM Call for Invited Sessions closing

11:59 PM Jerry Ravetz Awards closing

29th Feb 2020
Acceptance date for Jerry Ravetz Awards
14th Mar 2020

11:59 PM Call for Scientific Contributions closing

Acceptance date for Invited Sessions

30th Apr 2020
Acceptance date for Scientific Contributions
15th May 2020

11:59 PM Early registration deadline

15th Jun 2020
11:59 PM Late registration deadline
21st Sept 2020
9:00 AM
23rd Sept 2020
1:30 PM
Symposium

Address - Jerry Ravetz @PNS4


SCIENCE - POST NORMAL PERSPECTIVES

Jerry Ravetz at 90

A Workshop
31 May 2019, 09.30 – 18.00
Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street
Oxford OX2 3BD

Flyer: jerry_ravetz_flyer.docx

 
 
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