The conference “Science in Dialogue – Towards a European Model for Responsible Research and Innovation” took place from 23 to 25 April 2012 as part of the Danish EU Presidency.
A total of 160 delegates from all over Europe participated in the conference and more than 35 highly qualified speakers had been invited to speak or debate at the conference. The goal was to further a mutual understanding by presenting viewpoints and examples from various sectors such as government, universities, industry, NGOs and science communication.
Encouraging dialogue was a specific objective of the conference, and the conference format itself supported this. During all plenary sessions, iPads were distributed to the conference participants. This allowed them to easily take part in the panel debates by typing comments and questions that everybody in the auditorium could see and respond to, which ensured a high level of interaction between the conference participants and panellists or speakers.
iPads were also used as a working tool during the workshops that took place on the second conference day. This made it possible for the workshop participants to split up into small working groups while still exchanging knowledge and ideas within the large workshop group.
No conference conclusions or recommendations had been drafted before the conference, and the workshops were designed to let the conference participants develop ideas and suggestions for action within specific topics such as ethics and emerging technologies or engaging stakeholders in research agendas.
The suggestions produced by the conference participants have also been included in the conference report.