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Public planning and science policy: new versions

Jacques Richardson (Partner at Decision + Communication, Author la Plaine, France and a member of foresight's Editorial Board. E‐mail:


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 11 April 2008




The purpose of this paper is to advise the reader of non‐governmental efforts to help form national/international science policies, using as a highlight the endeavor of the Citizen Science Foundation.


The approach is journalistic: science policy is explained, what is had led to in innovative research, what specialized yet non‐official groups are doing to supplement official science policy, especially the ethical implications of science leading to sometimes controversial technology.


The efforts of public participants (societies, associations) in this line are explained, with particular consideration for the ethics of the new biotechnologies. A brief history of the origins of science policy leads to the citing of multiple, current but non‐official initiatives to make new research ethical, environmental and in the service of humankind.


This is a topic seldom seen in even interdisciplinary media, establishing thereby an originality of its own. The text is accessible to non‐scientists. The topic has not previously been treated in foresight.



Richardson, J. (2008), "Public planning and science policy: new versions", Foresight, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 7-10.



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