Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 639-648

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The Broad Challenge of Public Engagement in Science

Commentary on: “Constitutional Moments in Governing Science and Technology”
  • Rinie van EstAffiliated withTechnology Assessment Department, Rathenau InstituteSchool of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology Email author 


Timely public engagement in science presents a broad challenge. It includes more than research into the ethical, legal and social dimensions of science and state-initiated citizen’s participation. Introducing a public perspective on science while safeguarding its public value involves a diverse set of actors: natural scientists and engineers, technology assessment institutes, policy makers, social scientists, citizens, interest organisations, artists, and last, but not least, politicians.


Participation Public understanding of science Technology assessment Upstream public engagement