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Science & Technology Policy
Gordon Research Conference

Systems Approaches to Research and Practice

Dates

August 10-15, 2014

Location

Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH

Organizers

Chair:
Jennifer Kuzma

Vice Chair:
Jason A. Delborne

Meeting Description

Science and technology are studied, utilized, and deployed in complex and uncertain environments, and impacts are not always predictable, given multiple feedback loops and unexpected behavior. However, by understanding systems, policies can be targeted towards underlying, embedded, and structural problems, rather than individual decisions or specific interactions that often provide only temporary remedies to problems. Yet systems approaches in S&T policy are challenging: social, cultural, natural-world, and technological elements interact to impact societies and diverse sub-systems intersect. The 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Science and Technology Policy will address the challenges and opportunities associated with systems approaches to research in S&T Policy. It will provide a unique forum to advance the study of ST policy systems (scholarship) and use of this knowledge to innovate in the public policy domain (practice).

The meeting will be inclusive of topical areas in S&T policy (e.g. energy systems, natural resource systems, education systems, ICT systems, innovation systems, governance systems, intellectual property systems, security systems); ways to study systems (e.g. network analysis, system dynamics, socio-technical approaches, econometric, mental modeling, STS, ethical analysis); and disciplinary perspectives (e.g. natural science, engineering, economics, policy studies, sociology, anthropology, STS, psychology, decision science, environmental science, regulatory science, risk analysis). Morning sessions will focus on more fundamental issues in systems research in order to advance the general study of S&T policy systems, and evening sessions will explore topical areas to actively engage the participants in dialogue and illustrate controversial and cutting-edge issues in S&T policy. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons, provides an avenue for scholars from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

Anyone is welcome to apply to attend the GRC and submit a poster abstract. Nominations for GRC speakers should be sent to the Co-Chairs of the GRC. The 2014 GRC will also offer a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), which will be held immediately preceding the GRC on Science and Technology Policy (August 9-10, 2014). Junior investigators, such as students, postdocs, and trainees, are encouraged to attend both the GRC and GRS, and to submit abstracts for presentations and posters to the GRS.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Science & Technology Policy" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Systems Analysis for Engaged Scholarship
Discussion Leader: Dale Wahlstrom (LifeScience Alley and The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota)
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmDale Wahlstrom (LifeScience Alley and The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota)
"Experiences with Systems Thinking and Technological Decisions"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:35 pm George Richardson (State University of New York - Albany)
"Science and Technology Policy Is Not Science"
8:35 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pm Kimberley Thompson (KidRisk, Inc and University of Central Florida)
"Seeing the Big Picture: Systems Analysis and Disease Eradication"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pm Discussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSTEM Funding and Innovation Systems: Interactions and Impacts
Discussion Leader: Joshua Rosenbloom (NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program and University of Kansas)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Maryann Feldman (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
"Commercializing Cohen-Boyer"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Alan Porter (Georgia Institute of Technology)
"R&D Data Mining to Inform Innovation Systems and Foresight Analyses"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Group Photo / Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Megan J. Palmer (Stanford University and University of CA-Berkeley)
"Case Studies in Enabling Leadership Networks for Responsible Innovation"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Ismael Ralofs (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia)
"Research Portfolios for Societal Problems: Conceptual Frameworks and Analytical Tools"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIntellectual Property and Ownership: System Effects on S&T and Society
Discussion Leader: Thomas Woodson (Georgia Institute of Technology)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Linda Kahl (BioBricks Foundation)
"Standards for Engineering Biology: Intellectual Property Rights Policies to Promote Innovation and Social Impact"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Shobita Parthasarathy (University of Michigan - Ann Arbor)
"Rethinking the Public Interest in the Patent System"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmS&T Risk Governance Systems: Challenges and Data Needs
Discussion Leader: Gary Marchant (University of Arizona)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Gary Marchant (Arizona State University)
"Governing Technology in a Period of Rapid Technology Change"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Joanne Shatkin (Vireo Advisors)
"Improving the Sustainability of Emerging Technologies Through Anticipatory Risk-Informed Analysis"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Marc Saner (University of Ottawa)
"Knowing vs. Guessing: Evaluating Science-Policy Interfaces"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Igor Linkov (US Army Engineer Research and Development Center)
"From Risk to Resilience: Methodology and Case Studies"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNatural Resources: Socio-Ecological Systems and Policy
Discussion Leader: Jason Delborne (North Carolina State University)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pm Anne Kapuscinski (Dartmouth College)
"Integrated Food Energy Systems and Sustainability Transitions"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pm Vincent Tidwell (Sandia National Laboratories)
"Climate, Natural Resources and Human Migration"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pm Krystyna Stave (University of Nevada - Las Vegas)
"What Can We Learn About Urban and Related Environmental Dynamics from the Bahir Dar-Lake Tana, Ethiopia Social-Ecological System?"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPublic and Policy Feedback: S&T Communication and Engagement
Discussion Leader: Michael Caccatoire (University of Georgia)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Ann Bostrom (University of Washington)
"Uncertain Perceptions and Certain Preferences Regarding the Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spill Response"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Daniel Kleinman (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
"Science, Technology and Democratic Engagement"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Gretchen Gano (Arizona State University)
"Imag(in)ing Futures: Engaging Urban Publics"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm David Berube (North Carolina State University)
"The Carbonundrum of Geo-Engineering: How Grand Technological Fixes May Foster Counter-Cooperative and Counterproductive Stakeholder Responses"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmS&T System Diversity: Workforce, Education and Institutions
Discussion Leader: Vanessa Pena (IDA-Science and Technology Policy Institute)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pm Fred Gould (North Carolina State University)
"Genetic Engineering and Society: Blending Science and Humanities Education"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pm Deborah Stine (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Using Systems Analysis to Teach Students About Science and Technology Policy: A Case Study on Shale Gas Policy"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pm Jevin West (University of Washington)
"Mapping Institutional Impact"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEngineered and Technological Systems: Science, Policy, and Ethics
Discussion Leader: Wendall Wallach (Yale University)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Elizabeth Wilson (University of Minnesota)
"The Dynamic Evolution of a Socio-Technical System: Smart Grid in the Electricity Sector"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Daniel Hastings (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Engineered Systems: Science, Policy & Ethics-GPS as an Example"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Ann Johnson (University of South Carolina)
"Core, System, Society: Modeling Technological Systems for Socially Responsible Decision Making"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Granger Morgan (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Insights from Forty Years of Building Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: S&T Policy Systems Research - Building a Field
Discussion Leader: Michele Garfinkel (European Molecular Biology Organization)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pm Venkatesh Narayanamurti (Harvard Kennedy School)
"The Discovery-Invention Cycle: Bridging the Basic-Applied Dichotomy and Its implications for National S&T Policy"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pm Rositsa Chobanova (Bulgaria Academy of Sciences)
"S&T Policy: Before and After a National Innovation System Model"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pm William D. Kay (Northeastern University)
"S&T Policy Systems Research: What Political Science Can Offer"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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