EST-Frame

An FP7, Science in Society, Collaborative Project, Small or medium-scale focused research project, 2012-2014.

The aim of the EST-Frame project was to contribute to socially robust and ethically sound research and technology development by providing further methodological development of appropriate tools for social impact assessment and technology evaluation. The project appraised current assessment methods for evaluating emerging science and technology with the objectives of mapping their strengths and weaknesses and determining their appropriate application domains. It examined the current policy context for emerging science and technology (EST) policy advice and identified future trends and needs that should be considered.

The project also identified to what extent – and in what contexts -a framework of a more integrated nature can be applied, and it examined the appropriate position that such an integrated framework can operate in, within a context characterised by internationalisation, market politics, and new forms of public-private partnerships in technology governance. Finally, this work resulted in the design of a flexible, integrated framework that is intended to facilitate holistic societal dialogue and reflection as well most significantly, policy advice on emerging science and technologies. See: https://transtepapproach.wordpress.com/.

Partners in the project were the Danish Board of Technology, Fraunhofer ISI, the Wageningen LEI Institute and the Center for Applied Bioethics at the University of Nottingham.