Special Interest Group (SIG): Post-Normal takes on Science, Technology and Policy for Sustainability

Invitation to participate in the first meeting about Post-normal science (PNS). Presenter for the SIG session in October is Ângela Pereira.


28.10.2021 kl. 15.30 - 17.00


Post-normal science (PNS) is a paradigm that helps researchers, civil servants, decision-makers, consultants and practitioners navigate situations with high levels of uncertainty and decision stakes, where values are in dispute and action is urgent.

As a consequence, multiple perspectives on scientific processes in post normal contexts and the involvement of extended peer communities (EPCs) is called for. In post-normal science, extended peer communities may comprise all stakeholders effected by potential action.  

The purpose of this SIG is to explore and critically reflect upon the existing and emergent PNS knowledge base. The purpose of this SIG is also to create a forum for sharing PNS related insights, experiences, ideas and inspiration.  


The last Thursday of the month. 




Approximately 1.5 hours

Topics for the SIG meetings will be announced from session to session.

We hope to meet through an array of activities, including:

  • Introductions to research in post-normal science regarding science, technology and sustainability
  • Following the paradigm’s new publications
  • Discussions of potential case studies within these areas.
  • Feedback/discussions about ongoing work among students, practitioners and researchers.
  • Presentations of student reports and project collaboration.

Presenter for the SIG session on October 28 is Ângela Pereira

Ângela Guimarães Pereira works at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, holding a PhD on Environmental Systems and its Tensions. In 1996 she started working at the JRC in European projects focusing on environmental and societal issues, future oriented activities and integration of information technologies with public engagement.

Her work has been inspired by the post-normal science ideas developed by Ravetz and Funtowicz in the 1990s. At the JRC she currently works on knowledge assessment and ethics of ICT, critically investigating their governance and correspondence with current innovation narratives.

She is developing the concept of “ethics dialogues” as experiential ways of implementing the lemma of Responsible Research and Innovation. She has organised several training courses including on public engagement, science communication for public engagement, and knowledge assessment methodologies. Her current interests lie on science history and ways of knowing; her favourite story is H. C. Andersen’ “the emperor’s new clothes”.

Angelas presentation will refer to this article: "A new ethos for science? Exploring emerging DIY science “qualities”", https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2020.102653

Join Zoom Meeting on October 28


Meeting ID: 644 6536 9170
Passcode: 827944


Contact Katinka Johansen, kjoh@build.aau.dk if you would like to be included in the mailing list for this special interest group and to receive a meeting invitation.

Contact person

Katinka Johansen, kjoh@build.aau.dk




Tom Børsen (Aalborg University, Copenhagen), Katinka Johansen (Lund University) and Lorenzo Benini (The European Environment Agency)


The meetings are held online, via Zoom

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