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SFIS faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates were active participants in the 15th anniversary meeting of the Science and Democracy Network (SDN), June 28-July 1, 2017.
SFIS Director David Guston and Associate Director Clark Miller (pictured above) were joined at SDN by ASU colleagues Emma Frow and Ben Hurlbut, HSD student Tess Doezema, HSD alumna Monamie Bhadra, Fall 2017 SFIS visiting fellow Jane Flegal, and many close friends of both SFIS and CSPO. Tess Doezema presented her research on the US bioeconomy. Monamie Bhadra presented her research on Indian nuclear activism. Clark Miller chaired and Jane Flegal participated on the final plenary session of the conference on ways to responsibly govern geoengineering. Several SFIS publications were featured, including David Guston’s new edition of Frankenstein and Ben Hurlbut’s new book Experiments in Democracy. Miller is one of the founders of SDN and has participated in every meeting except one, the year his son was born. Miller, Guston, and Hurlbut serve on the SDN Council.
The special meeting celebrating the 15th anniversary of SDN’s founding attracted 75 participants from 15 countries across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
SDN is the largest community of researchers and practitioners devoted to understanding and improving the relationship between science and technology and the practice of democratic governance. Participants in the network focus on numerous topics of critical importance, especially today, including strategies for improving responsible innovation and the governance of emerging technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and solar radiation management), the social and policy dimensions of large-scale technological transitions (e.g., energy), and the organization of scientific and technical advice to governments.
SFIS is one of the US anchors of the SDN network, in partnership with the Harvard STS Program, which hosts the network, as well as Michigan, Berkeley, and Cornell.