This paper focuses on analyzing a public controversy started in 2001, when INVAP –an Argentinean firm belonging to a provincial state- obtained an international tender to build a nuclear reactor in Australia. This case allows both a review about social perception of technological risks and limits, and conditions of the citizen participation in science & technology sphere. Furthermore, to promote this kind of public appropriation is useful to consider other approaches toward the idea of the scientific culture in society.

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Argentina's selling of a nuclear reactor to Australia. Scientific information and perception of risk

Leonardo Vaccarezza   Grupo REDES

Carmelo Polino   Desarrollo y Educación Superior (REDES)

María Eugenia Fazio   Desarrollo y Educación Superior (REDES)

This paper focuses on analyzing a public controversy started in 2001, when INVAP –an Argentinean firm belonging to a provincial state- obtained an international tender to build a nuclear reactor in Australia. This case allows both a review about social perception of technological risks and limits, and conditions of the citizen participation in science & technology sphere. Furthermore, to promote this kind of public appropriation is useful to consider other approaches toward the idea of the scientific culture in society.

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