In the field of science and technology, the fast development of new technological solutions into nearly all field of everyday life have made this pressure particularly significant. In this respect new forms of communication and deliberative procedure have been applied in several countries in order to promote openness and accountability and to strengthen public dialogue.

In the case of industrial waste, more frequently than other issues, people don't know much about the management of hazardous material despite the fact that this is a crucial matter for the environment and the wealth of population. In one of the biggest tannery industrial district in the world it has been carried out a communicative project to manage the industrial waste with the introduction of an innovative plant.

First, it has been conducted a listening phase with interviews of key players and focus groups discussions. In the second phase of the project was carried out a survey involving a representative random sample of 1000 adult citizens in a population of 90.000 inhabitants of the industrial area to analyze the public's perception of the waste matter. Finally, the local authorities has conducted a citizens jury involving a variety of experts and stakeholders opening some sessions to the public.

In this speech I argue main problems connected to the issues of participation in introducing techno‐scientific innovation focusing on some crucial dimensions: public's perception, public discussions and level of inclusiveness in the debate for shaping decisions, institutional information and communication. Involving citizens in a communicative process requires careful planning and the flexibility to change and adapt procedures on demand. In this way it is possible to address public concerns, collect local knowledge and exchange arguments among citizens and stakeholder group.

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From listening to communicating. Introducing a technoscientific innovation for industrial waste management opening a space for dialogue

Giuseppe Pellegrini   University of Padova

In the field of science and technology, the fast development of new technological solutions into nearly all field of everyday life have made this pressure particularly significant. In this respect new forms of communication and deliberative procedure have been applied in several countries in order to promote openness and accountability and to strengthen public dialogue.

In the case of industrial waste, more frequently than other issues, people don't know much about the management of hazardous material despite the fact that this is a crucial matter for the environment and the wealth of population. In one of the biggest tannery industrial district in the world it has been carried out a communicative project to manage the industrial waste with the introduction of an innovative plant.

First, it has been conducted a listening phase with interviews of key players and focus groups discussions. In the second phase of the project was carried out a survey involving a representative random sample of 1000 adult citizens in a population of 90.000 inhabitants of the industrial area to analyze the public's perception of the waste matter. Finally, the local authorities has conducted a citizens jury involving a variety of experts and stakeholders opening some sessions to the public.

In this speech I argue main problems connected to the issues of participation in introducing techno‐scientific innovation focusing on some crucial dimensions: public's perception, public discussions and level of inclusiveness in the debate for shaping decisions, institutional information and communication. Involving citizens in a communicative process requires careful planning and the flexibility to change and adapt procedures on demand. In this way it is possible to address public concerns, collect local knowledge and exchange arguments among citizens and stakeholder group.

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