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Risk: Perception, Evaluation, Governance

DIALOGIK conducts basic research in the field of risk governance. Risk governance includes all decision and policy making processes to regulate or manage risks by plural actors such as governments, agencies, scientific institutions, private corporations and representatives of civil society. It includes analytic research on governance structures as well as normative advice to improve governance practice. Of special importance is the investigation of so-called systemic risks, which may have secondary effects on economy and civil society. DIALOGIK advocates a multi- and trans-disciplinary approach towards risk governance, incorporating different scientific disciplines. Furthermore, DIALOGIK understands risk governance as an iterative process consisting not only of the traditional elements of risk regulation, i.e. risk assessment and risk management, but also risk communication and participation, as well as framing, risk evaluation and risk perception. The emphasis on participation is captured in the term inclusive risk governance, which advocates the inclusion of stakeholders from various social groups in the risk governance process. Different and heterogeneous proposals have been made to conceptualise risk governance processes. DIALOGIK’s managing and scientific director, Ortwin Renn, has designed for the International Risk Governance Council an innovative integrative model of Inclusive Risk Governance, which harmonises existing risk governance approaches. The IRGC Risk Governance Framework serves two purposes. First, it conceptualises good risk governance of policy issues. Second, it offers a framework for the coherent analysis of risk governance processes. DIALOGIK has been involved in numerous case studies to apply and test the framework.

Section Head:
Dr. Piet Sellke (sellke@dialogik-expert.de)

Projects

CoeGSS 2015 - 2018 European Commission
FORTRESS 2014 - 2017 European Commission
SEAK 2013 - 2015 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
SAUBER+ 2011 - 2014 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
CO2BRIM 2012 - 2014 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
OTC-Governance 2011 Pfizer
PROSUITE 2009 - 2013 European Commission
SEAWIND 2009 - 2012 European Commission
CapHaz-Net: Social Capacity Building For Natural Hazards: Toward More Resilient Societies 2009 - 2012 European Commission
SECURITY2People 2009 - 2012 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
RISKGOV: Environmental Risk Governance of the Baltic Sea 2009 - 2011 European Commission and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Functional Food: Risk assessment and regulation of functional food: European strategies for balancing food safety and nutritional goals 2009 Japanese Food Safety Commission

PIRATE: Public Information Response After Terrorist Events

2008 - 2010 European Commission

Workshop: Improving Risk Governance: Defining a Better Process for Risk Communication and Stakeholder Participation

07. December 2008 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting

Nanotech and Food: a concept of integrated risk governance

2007 - 2008 International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)

MYCONET

2007 - 2008

European Commission

Bioenergy

2007

International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)

Riskbridge

2006 - 2009

European Commission

Risk and Hazard

2006 - 2007

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Development of methods for evaluating risk communication (EMERik)

2005 - 2009

German Federal Insitute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Megacities: Water supply and wastewater in megacities of tomorrow

2005 - 2007

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Safe Foods/WP4: Perception of food risk management in the European Union

2004 - 2008

European Commission

Safe Foods/WP5: Comparative review of risk manag. approaches in the European Union

2004 - 2008

European Commission

Technology Assessment: Towards a Consumer Oriented TA Concept

2004 - 2005

Steinbeis Foundation European Center

Concepts of Risk Characterization and Risk Governance

2004 - 2005

International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)

Systemic Risks and Sustainability: Review of interdisciplinary risk research

2003

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Biosafepaper: Safety assessment of food contact paper and board

2001 - 2005

European Commission and Industrial Consortium

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Technology Impacts: Assessment, Evaluation, Management (new research focus as of July 2015)

Modern societies are characterized by a steady and continuous transformation of existing and emerging technologies. Investigating technology impacts is a major component for analysing and managing technological changes. DIALOGIK studies the impacts of established and innovative technologies in the context of economic, political and social transformations. Moreover, DIALOGIK explores both the basic concepts and institutional processes of technology assessment, including institutional routines and structures, patterns of public perceptions, response behaviour and diffusion pathways. Analysing technology impacts is connected with several challenges. First, quite often there is a need to scientifically assess impacts of technologies at a point in time where these impacts are still uncertain or even unknown. Second, there is a trade-off between intersubjective exploration and subjective impact evaluation resulting in a combination of factual assessments and value-laden judgments. Third, institutional arrangements and specific patterns of public technology perception affect the formation and diffusion of technologies. Against this background, DIALOGIK follows an inter- and transdisciplinary approach to conduct basic and applied technology assessment to inform analysis, evaluation and management of technology diffusion. DIALOGIK has been promoting innovate methods and techniques that are directed towards a participatory approach to impact identification and evaluation. The goal is to explore emerging technologies with high societal relevance at an early stage and to develop and provide arenas and fora for discourse and deliberation on technologies and their impacts.

Section Head:
Dr. Dirk Scheer (Scheer@dialogik-expert.de)

Projects

InnoSmart

September 2013 – August 2016 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Good Governance "Bioeconomy"

2015 - 2018

Ministry of science, research and art in Baden-Wuerttemberg

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Communication: Information, Dialogue, Participation

The research field “Communication, Perception and Participation” investigates processes of public dialogue, social interaction and decision making in politics, economy and society. It explores and develops systematically novel approaches to scientific and technological communication. It investigates the perception and acceptance of risk and technologies employing a variety of empirical research methods and designs, and tests innovative forms of stakeholder and public involvement in scientific or technological debates. In addition, DIALOGIK is active in developing methods of conflict resolution and mediation. DIALOGIK has experience with a variety of methods and techniques: For many empirical analyses methods such as expert delphis, group delphis, focus groups and open space conferences are applied; for participatory purposes procedures such as round tables, consensus conferences, citizen panels or juries, future workshops and mediation belong to the portfolio of the Institute. DIALOGIK develops tailor-made communication programmes in accordance with the topic, the task and the context. In addition to exploring, investigating and designing new communication programmes, DIALOGIK has the expertise to conduct communication or participation projects and to organize stakeholder and public involvement processes. Subject areas include: chemical risks, exposure to magnetic fields due to mobile phones and transmitters, environmental pollution, fishery management, nuclear waste disposal, land use and sustainable resource consumption.

Section Head:
Christina Benighaus, Dipl. Geogr. (Benighaus@dialogik-expert.de)


Participation and Transformation (new research subfield as of July 2015)

This research subfield focuses on political and civic participation concerning profound societal transformation processes such as the "energy transition" (Energiewende) or fundamental changes in transportation. Provided that overall policy objectives have been confirmed in political, ideally democratic processes, there is still openness with respect to their implementation. Concrete steps of action for reaching the defined goals are often lacking. In the perspective of "transformative research" identifying concrete and manageable steps and implementing them requires both theoretical and conceptual analyses as well as empirical testing and systematic evaluation of decision making processes, including particularly participation methods and procedures. In line with this research approach DIALOGIK investigates transition implementation processes and critically reflects on these processes and shares the results of these reflections with the actors in the respective transition field. The research process is transdisciplinary and seeks to involve all actors relevant to the transformation process. The involvement of organized civil society and civic community is an integral part of the research process (Engagement and Citizen-Science are important key words here). DIALOGIK investigates transition processes theoretically and empirically. Guiding principle is the catalytic effect of discursive and participative procedures in the implementation of jointly agreed projects and initiatives. The overall focus is on the joint generation of transformative knowledge including scientific as well as tacit knowledge.

Section Head:
Sophia Alcántara, M.A. (Alcantara@dialogik-expert.de)

Projects

PROSO

January 2016 – February 2018 European Commission

Mobility School

January 2016 – December 2017 Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, Baden Wuerttemberg

HoNESt

September 2015 – August 2018 Horizon 2020/Euratom

EnAHRgie

March 2015 – February 2019 Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS

Evaluation des Beteiligungsprozesses der Kommission zur Lagerung hochradioaktiver Abfallstoffe

2015 - 2016

Kommission Lagerung hoch radioaktiver Abfallstoffe

TA-SWISS Deep Geothermal Energy

March 2013 – July 2014 Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS

Bicycle Traffic Plan Baden-Württemberg (RadSTRATEGIE)

September 2013 – April 2015 Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Baden-Wuerttemberg (MVI)

Engage2020

September 2013 – November 2015 European Commission

Future Energy Systems

July 2013 – April 2016 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

BEKO

July 2012 – May 2013 Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of Baden-Wuerttemberg

S21

starting 2012 City of Stuttgart

DELIKAT

2012 - 2013 German Federal Environment Agency

INPROFOOD

2011 - 2014 European Commission

Northern Black Forest

2011 Ministry of Rural Development and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg

Stakeholder Participation Manuals

2011 International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)

Exploratory study on geoengineering

2010 - 2011 Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); German Aerospace Center (DLR)

RISKOIL

2010 - 2011 European Commission and ENI

Perception of fusion energy among selected sections of the population

2011 Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, IPP

Citizen participation: Citizen participation and acceptance of public large-scale projects: Learning for the future. A dialogue between politics, science and the public

2011 Government of the German Land of Baden-Württemberg

PACHELBEL: Policy addressing climate change and learning about consumer behaviour and everyday life

2010 - 2012 European Commission

ASSE II

2009 - 2010

German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)

JAKFISH - Judgment and Knowledge in Fisheries Involving Stakeholders

2008 - 2011

European Commission

CIED: Effective Risk Communications for the Improvised Explosive Device Threat

2010 Department of Homeland Security, USA

Expert and Civic Participation on Energy Concept

2009 - 2010 Cities of Ludwigsburg und Rottenburg am Neckar (Germany); IER, Stuttgart University; German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Emergency planning

2009 German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz, BBK); Chair of Insurance Business at the University of Karlsruhe

OSIRIS - Optimized Strategies for Risk Assessment of Industrial Chemicals through Integration of Non-test and Test-Information

2007 - 2011

European Commission

CREATE a POOL - Commercial real estate pool Hesse

2007 - 2009

Regional Council of Giessen

WASKlim: National Adaptation Strategy on Climate Change

2007 - 2009

German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

Planning geological underground storages: Communicating with society

2007 - 2008

Swiss Federal Office for Energy

Evaluation of the European Citizens’ Panel (ECP)

2007

Network of European Foundations

Evaluation of the Project “European Citizens’ Consultation”

2006 - 2007

King Baudouin Foundation

REGENA: Regional Industrial Real Estate Pool Neckar-Alb

2006 - 2010

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Risk Network

2005 - 2007

European Commission

German-Japanese Forum on Risk Management and Communication about Mobile EMF

2005

German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST)

BfS-Conflict resolution

2005 - 2006

German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)

Risk Maturity

2005 - 2006

German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)

Workshop on „risk communication for upper federal authorities”

2005 - 2006

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

social indicators for the sustainability of selected Swiss electric power systems

2005 - 2006

AXPO Holding AG

European Citizen’s Deliberation on Brain Science

2005 - 2006

King Baudouin Foundation

NOMIRACLE

2004 - 2009 European Commission

Training programme for science communicators in Japan and Germany: Communicating science and technology to society

2004 - 2005

Toyota Foundation, Sumitomo Foundation

Study about information activities of mobile telephone systems

2004 - 2005

German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)

Online Discourse: Green Gene Technology in Developing Countries

2004

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Biobased Scenarios: Future Outlook

2003 - 2004

Institute for Organisation Communication (IFOK) through the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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Building Bridges: Technology, Science, Society

This section focuses on the interdependencies between science/technology (S&T) and society. The two major topics refer to the diffusion of technological and scientific knowledge in society and the improvement of science literacy in the population. Major research questions are: How does S&T influence society and vice versa? Which technological developments do we expect in the future; and how do or will these new developments impact on environment, economy and society? Foresight is looking at the implications of science and technology on society and the role that technology and science can play in possible future developments of society. Other research projects address the problem of improving the understanding of scientific and technological issues among and between experts, users, and the public at large. Finally, the section investigates processes of knowledge transfer between distinct actors such as research institutions and small industries. Successful knowledge transfer relies on a thorough analysis of the social and cultural context.

Section Head:
Sylvia Hiller, M.A. (Hiller@dialogik-expert.de)

Projects

Career barometer for science and engineering

2013 - 2017

Körber Foundation, acatech

Learning about sustainability

2011 - 2016

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

Energieradar

2013 - 2014

Ministry of science, research and art in Baden-Wuerttemberg

Urban mobility comfort – Stuttgart Region

2013 - 2014

Ministry of Finance and Economy Baden-Württemberg

Evaluation of EnterTechnik

2013 - 2014

LIFE e.V.

Coaching4Future

2012

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

Efficiency study

2012

EWE

Evaluation of the IdeenPark 2012

2012

Sponsored by ThyssenKrupp

FAHRE: Food and Health Research in Europe

2010 - 2011

European Commission

MINT-Box: experimental systems for children

2010

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

CSS: Civil Society for sustainability

2009 - 2011

European Commission

mikromakro

2009 - 2012

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

MATRIX-OOW/DIA

2009 - 2010

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Energiespiel

2009 - 2010

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Knowledge and Sustainability II

2009 - 2010

Ministry for Research, Science and Arts of Baden-Württemberg

Knowledge and Sustainability

2008 - 2009

Ministry for Research, Science and Arts of Baden-Württemberg

acatech: MoMoTech: Improving young people’s interest in natural sciences and technology

2007 - 2010

acatech, Council of Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

PATE - Project for analysing Technology Transfer

2007 - 2009

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Evaluation of School-Engineer Academy (SIA)

2007 - 2008

BBQ Berufliche Bildung gGmbH/ SÜDWESTMETALL

NaBaTech - Barometer for Improving the Interest of Young People in Science and Technology

2007 - 2009

Acatech, Council of Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities; Federal Association of Engineers in Germany

Discourse project ‘ELSA’

2007 - 2009

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

SCOUT Science Outlined

2005 - 2009

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

Public Understanding of Science (PUSH): Improving scientific competence of young people

2001 - 2004

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

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