Post Normal Science: Exploring Collective Accountability

6 marzo 2019
6th March 2019

Venue: Conference Room, Palazzo di Economia - Via Inama 5, Trento
Time: from 9:30 am till 4:00 pm

The aim of this joint MULTI-ACT/CSEAR Seminar is to engage with post normal science (PNS) approach and discuss about its potential application to different fields of research by bringing together people with different background (accounting, sustainability, brain diseases). 
Science needs to consider social demands and concerns through a participatory and democratic process. Furthermore, engaging in responsible research and innovation is an increasingly recognized call of science. Attending to this call, PNS is particularly appropriate as a guiding approach to develop and interconnect research in different fields, such as those the MULTI-ACT project is bringing together. 
The PNS approach is based on three core elements: (i) the plurality of perspectives and commitments existing in society, (ii) the scientific management of uncertainty and of research quality, and (iii) the intellectual and social structures reflecting problem-solving activities (Funtowicz and Ravetz, 1994) that will be discussed during the seminar.


09:30 – 10:00 Registration & welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and introduction 
10:30 – 12:30 Silvio Funtowicz’ master class on post-normal science
12:30 – 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 03:30 Roundtable with: 

  • Silvio Funtowicz, Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Jan Bebbington, Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development at the University of Birmingham, UK
  • Den Patten, Professor of Accounting at Illinois State University, US
  • Annibale Biggeri, Professor of Health Statistics at the University of Florence, Italy
  • Paola Zaratin, coordinator of EU Horizon2020 MULTIACT, that aims to meet the challenge to apply PNS in developing a collective accountability approach for health research

03:30 – 04:00 Concluding section


Registration and deadlines

Participation is free but registration is mandatory at the following link
Registration deadline: 25 February 2019
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Workshop organizers

Michele Andreaus (University of Trento)
Ericka Costa (University of Trento)
Carla Antonini (University of Trento)
Nicolas Garcia-Torea (University of Burgos)

For further information, please contact us at: carla.antonini [at] 

Silvio Funtowicz is a philosopher of science active in the field of science and technology studies. Together with Jerome R. Ravetz, he introduced the concept of post-normal science, as an alternative approach to the traditional individual agency, top-down approach of science. He also created the NUSAP, a notational system for characterising uncertainty and quality in quantitative expressions.