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TECHNOLIFE was funded under the FP 7 Science in Society programme from 2009 – 2011. The project has developed a method that offers exploratory, qualitative and quantitative approaches to map ethical issues at early stages of S&T and policy development and to represent social imaginaries relating to these ethical issues. It consists of the following steps:

1. An ethical issues scoping exercise that defines hot topics in relation to the technological fields. Hot topics are issues of concern that involve unsolved social, moral and/or political tensions and that are immature for regulatory definition and resolution.

2. A protocol for a participatory, deliberative exercise in which citizens and stakeholders discuss the hot topics. The protocol details the selection and recruitment of groups; the use of media objects (such as films) in conjunction with social media; and an online forum tool integrated with the specially designed KerTechno software.

3. An online voting system for deliberative purposes that is integrated in the KerTechno software and that allows for quantitative analysis of results.

4. A qualitative, analytical procedure that identifies the arguments, concerns, imaginaries and alternative frames of understanding elicited by the participatory exercise and defines their relation and relevance to early stages of S&T and policy development

The results from the case-studies are documented in a final report, along with policy recommendations: (pdf file, last accessed 28 March 2014).

Visit the TECHNOLIFE website (external link, last accessed 28 March 2014).