Science, technology and related expertise have taken an increasingly prominent role in society. Public unease with and controversy over the way science and technology progress and expertise is applied to address societal needs, expectations and demands have however grown proportionally. Institutions such as the European Union have recognized this as a major question, leading to what has been sometimes depicted as a crisis of trust in science and, more recently, a crisis of rationality in addressing public issues. A number of theoretical frameworks and approaches have been developed over the years. Though these may differ considerably as to how the origin of the problem is diagnosed and the answer is conceived, there is a widespread agreement that any simplistic view of the interface between science and society is to be abandoned, and that more inclusive approaches have to be worked out.

As a result, there has been a vast increase in awareness, conceptual frameworks, tools and skills in communicating science, gauging public responses and involving people in science and technology-related policy-making. Yet, public issues (re)emerge continually as science, innovation, and industrial policies proceed, challenging the capacity to fruitfully apply scientific and technical expertise in a socially unsettled context. The summer school will provide an updated analysis of this problematic, with a focus on frameworks, approaches, methodologies, and experiences. Activities will be articulated in morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions will be devoted to lectures. The afternoon sessions will develop the topics addressed in the morning through group work. Attendance will be evaluated through the works produced and a final exam.


The Summer School will offer postgraduate and Ph.D. students and early career researchers the opportunity to interact with international scholars with a transdisciplinary background in social studies of science and technology and specific expertise in the topics addressed.Among these: - Science-society interface approaches - Responsible research and innovation- Participatory methods- Investigating and communicating environmental risks and public health- expertise and trust- mapping techno-scientific controversies

Who can apply

Postgraduate and Ph.D. students and early career researchers.



Program Intensity

Full time

Admission Requirements

BSc, MSc or Ph.D. in social and political sciences or any field relevant to Science and Technology studies Evidence of B2 (or higher) level of English is highly recommended.




250 Euro


Prof. Luigi Pellizzoni




01-05 July 2019


30 March 2019

Program taught in:
  • English
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