The PATH project was funded under the FP6 Science and Society programme from 2004 – 2006. It was a network bringing together academics, practitioners, policymakers and stakeholders to exchange knowledge and develop future directions for the involvement of society in the deliberation of science-based policy issues. It sought to scale up participatory processes from the local scale to a regional or international scale.
The project considered how best to represent a diverse and diffuse public as well as ‘silent voices’ (e.g. children, future generations). These two cross-cutting themes of representation and scale were explored at a generic level, and via three case study areas, namely: genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, biodiversity conservation and nanotechnology.
Visit the PATH website (external link, last accessed 28 March 2014).