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Proving Futures and Governing Uncertainties in Technosciences Sciences and Megaprojects

Andra with the special contributions of CNRS and INRIA organizes an international meeting on 12-14 December 2016 in Paris on Proving Futures and Governing Uncertainties in Technosciences Sciences and Megaprojects.

Foreknowledge Assessment

Preliminary Programme

Website http://www.foreknowledge2016.com/

Technosciences and megaprojects are frequently challenged by societal debates. Since direct experience is often barely accessible in these domains, given the complexity and long-time frames involved, anticipatory tools like numerical modeling and simulation, future scenarios, QSAR, or analogical reasoning have become major instruments for scientific and technical demonstration. However, the basis and the results attained through these instruments are frequently questioned by non-specialists for their related uncertainties, in particular when leading to decisions that impact the future of generations to come. Focusing particularly on how uncertainties are dealt with and governed, the conference will address the knowledge and practices embedded in this kind of situations with regard to collective decision-making.

The conference organisers specially invite contributions that examine and discuss specific cases other than from a reductionist quantitative perspective. Beyond the usual epistemic focus, we are principally interested by how current knowledge and uncertainties are framed, qualified, and rendered discussable among experts, decision-makers and diverse publics, and therefore by pragmatic approaches of confidence building and choice elaboration.

This conference, organised by Andra with the special contributions of CNRS and INRIA, provides a venue for discussing original scientific contributions in an open interdisciplinary framework, and aims to initiate a series of regular meetings. The “Foreknowledge Assessment Series” would seek to enhance the dialogue between scientists, policy actors, stakeholders and informed citizens.

Program Committee : Madeleine Akrich (Mines ParisTech), Luis Aparicio (Andra), Anne Bergmans (Universiteit Antwerpen), Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne), Soraya Boudia (Université Paris Descartes), Michel Callon (Mines ParisTech), Jean-Alain Heraud (Université de Strasbourg), Pierre-Benoît Joly (IFRIS), Saida Laârouchi Engström (SKB).

Executive Group