Structure of the project and case studies
The project work was done in several multi-disciplinary work-packages, including a philosophical / sociological / political science dimension, a social psychology dimension, a legal dimension and a science-society / participatory dimension.
Two specific case-studies were included: one on biometrics and one on pathogen research with dual use problematic. It emerged in the project that governance approaches might preferably refer to values rather than to ‘ethics’. Values make actions possible; they outline a space of possible action. Including the dimension of values allows to better addressing citizens, which have to – and want to – understand, support, endure and participate consciously and deliberately in the governance of S&T. In addition to several scientific and scholarly findings, the project has thus concluded with a number of findings and recommendations with potential policy implications.