“Post Normal Science – perspectives & prospectives”
A reflective workshop: 26-27th June 2009: Oxford
On the occasion of the 80th birthday of Jerry Ravetz, this workshop
aims to review some ‘perspectives and prospectives’ on Post Normal Science.
When we first thought of this workshop, we imagined that a couple of dozen
old and new friends would congregate and see what has been going on with PNS.
We were surprised and gratified to discover a much broader interest, to
the point where we have to cut off attendance at the 50 mark. As a result,
we have been required to become somewhat more formal in our organisation.
In particular, we want to accommodate all those who wish (or need) to
present a paper, while still keeping the atmosphere of a workshop and not a
subject-specialty convention. There is a range of breakout rooms, enough for
everyone who wants to present a paper, or other kind of contribution.
We have an agreement with the editor of Futures to have a special
issue with six papers from the workshop. If there are more papers that
can appropriately be published under the rubric of the workshop, then we could
approach another journal for a special issue. Other papers and contributions
will go on the PNS website.
The materials here will be updated until the workshop.
To contribute a paper, abstract, title or any other contribution for the workshop,
please email with cc to:
To: ”Joe Ravetz” Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org
P. van der Sluijs" <email@example.com>
Also we would like to express thanks to the
Institute for Science Innovation and Society for sponsorship, and to Professor
Steve Rayner for hosting the workshop dinner on 26th June. Details
Location & accomodation
Note – change of location to St Anne’s College
(20 minutes walk from the rail station):
St Anne’s College
(the Ruth Deech conference centre is the first building on the
left from the main entrance)
Oxford, OX2 6HS, UK
+44 1865 274800
- Accommodation is available on site. We have assumed some approximate
numbers for planning: 25th – 10 rooms: 26th – 25 rooms:
27th – 10 rooms.
- For early arrivals on 25th, only wash-basin (non-ensuite)
rooms are available.
- For the other two nights we have assumed that guests will prefer
ensuite single rooms.
- Twin / family rooms are available at approx 1.5x the cost of a
- Early confirmations will be very helpful. There is a cut-off for
bookings 14 days before the event (i.e. late cancellations will need to be charged
after that date).
- The admin is on a volunteer basis with zero margin of error… so
your cooperation will be essential.
As St Annes works on a single invoice, I am funding the whole event cost upfront
(except for the reception & dinner on 26th which is kindly sponsored
So your help and cooperation is needed to ensure payment is made, before or
on arrival at the latest. There are 3 methods:
- Paypal transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
. This is very simple, and suitable for different currencies, but there is a
small fee. Register on www.paypal.com with
a credit card: then go to ‘Send money’ menu and select the ‘services’ and ‘personal
- £GBP cheque to Joe Ravetz Associates,
- or £GBP in cash.
Invoices can be supplied on request. Joe Ravetz Associates is non-VAT-registered.
The rates are as follows (all at cost price assuming 45 participants)
net price incl.
Attendance for 26th June
(includes catering & lunch )
Attendance for 27th June
(includes catering & lunch )
Accommodation on Thursday 25th June
Accommodation on Friday 26th June
Accommodation on Saturday 27th June
IMPORTANT – if you didn’t already do so, please download this and return
your details to email@example.com
as soon as possible.
your help and cooperation is needed to ensure payment is made, before
or on arrival at the latest. Payment can be either by Paypal, cheque or cash
Papers & drafts:
Most of these files are accessable for participants only. You will be prompted
for a username and password
Risbey: Hardly ever right: climatology, climate models, and climate
France, How Post-Normal views of science have contributed to a model
of communication about biotechnology.
Howard's text for Ravetz workshop.
- Ruth Beilin and Helena
Bender Interruption, interrogation, integration and interaction as process:
how PNS informs interdisciplinary curriculum design
- Colin Hannaford:
GIVING PEACE A VOICE
Briefing Paper: The Socratic Methodology
Hage Cath and Van der Sluijs, Post-Normal Science in Practice at the
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
- Van der Sluijs e.a. Exploring
the quality of evidence for complex and contested policy decisions
- alternative link
N. Farrell, The Politics of Science and Sustainable Development: Marcuse’s
New Science in the 21st Century
Hage et al., Stakeholder participation in environmental knowledge production
Robinson and Alberto Cayuela, Plate-spinning and other Strategies: Creating
the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)
Robinson e.a., Envisioning sustainability pathways: Recent progress
in the use of participatory backcasting approaches for sustainability
Tattersall, What is community based auditing and how does it work? (new
version posted 8 June 09)
von Storch, Climate Research and Policy Advice: Scientific and Cultural
Constructions of Knowledge
and Esther Eidinow, Evolving practices in environmental scenarios: a
new scenario typology