The kick-off meeting for the EU-funded HoNEST project took place on September 16, 2015 at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Brussels, Belgium.
The History of Nuclear Energy and Society (HoNESt) research project will present a pioneering integrated interdisciplinary framework of analysis. This framework will enable researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to analyse specific large technological systems – such as nuclear technology – in their relations with civil society, in order to identify key policy issues and set policy goals accordingly.
The objective of HoNESt is to identify the factors underlying the societal perception of nuclear developments and how these factors are inter-related. At the same time, it intends to characterise the range of mechanisms used historically by industry and policy makers to engage with society on the nuclear issue. This will be done by assessing any evidence of the effectiveness of the different approaches, and will then support the provision of recommendations on the relative effectiveness of such mechanisms and their context dependency. For more information on this project, please visit the official website at http://www.honest2020.eu.
This project is being developed by an international consortium of 24 organizations from fifteen different countries, coordinated by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, from Spain. Portugal is represented in this project through SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, which has an active role in the Work Package concerning Dissemination and Communication.
This was the first time that the entire consortium gathered in one place, being the opportunity for all partners to get to know each other better and present their ideas and work plans.
Work Package leaders presented the activities to be implemented, receiving inputs and feedback from the other partners. The HoNEST approach strategies, both scientific and social, were discussed and agreed upon.
The HoNEST kick-off meeting allowed for the exchange of knowledge and experiences, share of the individual expectations towards the project, and to strengthen cooperation and build a strong team spirit.