Technology Assessment

Participation on the EPTA Conference 2019, Stockholm

The Portuguese chapter of the EPTA report 2019 is online. It was produced by the integrated CICS.NOVA members Ana P. Gil, António B. Moniz and José de São José, and the collaborator researchers Bettina Krings and Bárbara Bäckström. The complete version of the report is here.

The 2019 EPTA report on "Technologies in care for older people" is now available online.

Project AddTech

The AddTech project is a collaboration between CATIM, CICS.NOVA and FCT NOVA to support the empirical study for the PhD research of Nuno Carvalho Araújo. It is a project on technology assessment of additive manufacturing in the metal sector in Portugal. It runs at the Observatory of Technology Assessment of CICS.NOVA

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Sessão de lançamento do projeto InovKnow3D

No próximo dia 27 de fevereiro terá lugar nas instalações do CATIM em Lisboa (Estrada do Paço do Lumiar, 22 - Campus do Lumiar, Edifício Q), a Sessão de Lançamento do Projeto InovKnow3D.

O Projeto InovKnow3D visa transferir conhecimento científico e tecnológico associado à tecnologia de Manufatura Aditiva, fomentando a incorporação da mesma no processo produtivo da indústria.

3rd phase of applications for the PhD research on Technology Assessment (2018-2022)

The applications for the PhD programme on TA are already open (3rd phase, 2019-2023). The links to follow are:

Lecture series (2-4 May, 2018)

Prof. António B. Moniz will provide a series of lectures at University NOVA Lisbon for the PhD programme on Technology Assessment about the topic "Work and Technology under the Industry 4.0 debate".

The lectures will take place at Caparica Campus from 2 to 4 May. Registrations can be made at

3rd European Technology Assessment Conference

The 3rd European Technology Assessment Conference will take place in University College Cork (UCC) on May 17th - 19th 2017. The aim of the conference is to discuss how technology assessment and related activities such as science and technology studies, responsible research and innovation (RRI), public engagement, and foresight can strongly contribute to knowledge-based policy-making on science, technology and innovation, to engage policymakers and other stakeholders in this endeavour, and to learn from each other’s perspectives.  

Hahn, Julia, and Miltos Ladikas. "Responsible Research and Innovation: a Global Perspective." Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies 10 (2014): 9-27. AbstractWebsite

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a normative concept that has captured considerable attention on the Science and Technology (S&T) policy level, but also in academic discourses. It represents a new approach to how science, innovation and research can be shaped in accordance with societal values that builds directly on the concepts and methodologies of Technology Assessment (TA). The definition and operationalization aspects of RRI remain still unclear although key ingredients such as ethical acceptability are well established in S&T debates and embrace a spectrum of standard methodological approaches. In this paper we review the conceptual debate on RRI with a focus on its constituent parts. We then present a functional comparison between RRI and TA that proves the considerable conceptual overlap in the two approaches. We argue that TA methodologies and precepts should be employed as key operationalisational features in RRI. Finally we argue for a global perspective on RRI by describing a case study on global ethics in S&T that introduces an analytical framework for ethics debates.

Moniz, António B., and Kumi Okuwada. Technology Assessment in Japan and Europe. Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing, 2016. Abstract

The goal of technology assessment (TA) is to lend support to society and policy making by promoting understanding of the problems related to the grand sociotechnical challenges of our time, as well as to assess the available options for managing them. Researchers from Japan and Europe reflected together in this book on country-specific developments to identify the conditions that must be present to anchor TA in science, politics, and society. This book helps us to learn about different cultures.