February 1, 2019

Social Lab 19: EURATOM


Horizon 2020 pillar: Diversity of approaches

Social Lab 19 aims to investigate how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is implemented within EURATOM and how it can be further integrated.

Social lab workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 16-18 May 2018

Place: Brussels, Belgium

Description of the workshop

Workshop 2

Date: January 29th and 30th, 2019

Place: Vienna, Austria

Description of the workshop

Workshop 3

Date: to be decided

Pilot actions

Pilot Action 1: Teach the teacher

The aim of this pilot is to tackle the Science Education key. Teachers are obligate to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, to cooperate with students for shaping of their knowledge and to guide inquiry based learning. They help their students to construct images of the physical world and physical processes, ideas, theories, models, representations. Teachers should also reveal the beauty of discovering essential mechanisms ruling the world.

The difficulty for a physics teacher is to ensure interest in studying the subject and at the same time to maintain quality standards. This is not trivial and thus, for many reasons it is clear that the teacher training is a serious and important issue.

Pilot Action 2: Nuclear Dating

The objective of “Nuclear Dating” is to overcome a barrier for successful interdisciplinarity measures by means of dedicated workshops and meetings of highly motivated young investigators, mainly Doctorate students. “Nuclear Dating” will twin scientists from nuclear and non-nuclear disciplines with the purpose to mutually share their scientific approaches with a counterpart person (“scientific dating”). Successful sharing will support the mutual understanding of their different scientific approaches, stimulate critical thinking and contribute to lead to possibly better fulfil interdisciplinarity.

Pilot Action 3: Fessenheim

According to the EC Communication on a Nuclear Illustrative Programme (PINC, Brussels, 4/4/2016) 222 reactors  will be retired before 2050 (notably: 70 in France, 45 in the U.-K., 36 in Germany) and this report acknowledges as well that there is little experience worldwide in shutting down and decommissioning power reactors. Thus this area could benefit from RRI and this pilot action will rely upon Fessenheim as a case study to check if and how the 6 RRI pilars can be implemented.

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab Manager: Elisabeth Frankus, Senior Researcher at Techno-Science and Societal Transformation research group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria

Social Lab Researcher: Helmut Hönigmayer, researcher at Techno-Science and Societal Transformation research group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria

Social Lab Facilitator: Robert Braun, Senior Researcher at Techno-Science and Societal Transformation research group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria