Atmospheric composition change research: Time to go post-normal?

Angela Guimaraes Pereira, Frank Raes, Tiago De Sousa Pedrosa, Paulo Rosa, Søsser Brodersen, Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

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    Abstract

    Formore than two decades a number of frameworks for scientific knowledge production are being proposed by science and technology researchers. They all advocate an extended involvement of non-specialists, in particularwhen it comes to knowledge production applicable to practical societal problems.We look towhat extent these new frameworks have taken ground within a particular research community: the ACCENT Network of Excellence which coordinates European atmospheric chemistry and physics research applicable to air pollution and climate change.We did so by stimulating a debate through a ‘‘blog’’, a survey and in-depth interviews with ACCENT scientists about the interaction between science, policy making and civil society, to which a great deal of ACCENTmember contributed inwriting or verbally.Most of themhad interactions with policy makers and/or the general public, and they generally believe that interactionswith spheres other than the scientific are needed. While such interactions give personal insight and satisfaction, they seem to have little impact on the goals and the practice of the scientific work itself. Extended frameworks of science production that go beyond the disciplinarymode seemto emerge at the level of individual scientists, yet they still need to find their way to the level of scientific project management. In this paper we discuss the justifications and barriers to implement a higher degree of extended knowledge integration in applied science projects such as ACCENT. It is felt that the community of atmospheric chemists and physicists is mature for such an implementation and recommendations are given to help and make this happen.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAtmospheric Environment
    Volume43
    Issue number33
    Pages (from-to)5423-5432
    ISSN1352-2310
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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