The non-profit making and national organization ”Forum for Science and Technology” in Goettingen, Germany, is constituted with the aim to establish a german national science center with the purpose of transfering actual knowledge and visions in science and technology to the public and also of encouraging the professional scientists and experts to become more engaged in public discussion about the benefits and risks of new achievements made in science and technology. The whole program of the Forum will also be accompanied with research activities on the field of Public Understanding of Science.

The starting point of this organisation is a study of the office of technology assessment at the German parliament from September 1996. The German parliament sees the neccessity for an independent institution to achieve transparency of science and technology in the public in front of the rather heavy discussions in Germany about the risks of new technologies from a broad field of applications.

Beyond the administration with a scientific advisory and a PR group the organisation is structured in three main sections: Presentation (including the science center, a media dome and a public laboratory), Activities (incl. workshops, lectures, discussion series, consensus conferences, congress etc.) and Media (incl. an own TV-talk, TV-show, expert data base, www-activities). The overall effort is to transfer basic knowledge, new results and applications in science and technology, their impact in the society and future visions to the public.

The first exhibitions at the science center in Goettingen are to start at the year of 2000, also registered as a worldwide project of EXPO 2000 in Hannover. The first themes would be ”the human genome”, ”brainresearch” and ”information technologies in the future of labour”. At the same time The Forum will present an exhibition on geneanalysis and genetherapy at the theme park health of EXPO 2000 in Hannover.

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National forum for science and technology in Goettingen as a mediator between the public and science

Marc Bovenschulte   Forum fuer Wissenschaft und Technik gem. GmbH

The non-profit making and national organization ”Forum for Science and Technology” in Goettingen, Germany, is constituted with the aim to establish a german national science center with the purpose of transfering actual knowledge and visions in science and technology to the public and also of encouraging the professional scientists and experts to become more engaged in public discussion about the benefits and risks of new achievements made in science and technology. The whole program of the Forum will also be accompanied with research activities on the field of Public Understanding of Science.

The starting point of this organisation is a study of the office of technology assessment at the German parliament from September 1996. The German parliament sees the neccessity for an independent institution to achieve transparency of science and technology in the public in front of the rather heavy discussions in Germany about the risks of new technologies from a broad field of applications.

Beyond the administration with a scientific advisory and a PR group the organisation is structured in three main sections: Presentation (including the science center, a media dome and a public laboratory), Activities (incl. workshops, lectures, discussion series, consensus conferences, congress etc.) and Media (incl. an own TV-talk, TV-show, expert data base, www-activities). The overall effort is to transfer basic knowledge, new results and applications in science and technology, their impact in the society and future visions to the public.

The first exhibitions at the science center in Goettingen are to start at the year of 2000, also registered as a worldwide project of EXPO 2000 in Hannover. The first themes would be ”the human genome”, ”brainresearch” and ”information technologies in the future of labour”. At the same time The Forum will present an exhibition on geneanalysis and genetherapy at the theme park health of EXPO 2000 in Hannover.

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