Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel
Annual Report 2018: an outline of the activities of the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) during 2018.
In 2018, STOA completed two Scientific Foresight projects, on assistive technologies for people with disabilities, and on 3D bio-printing for medical and enhancement purposes, while preparing the ground for a new project on alternative options for crop protection in farming practices.
STOA also concluded six Technology Assessment projects on a variety of areas of technological, social and political importance, on e-democracy, financing transport infrastructure, the impact of new technologies on the labour market, innovation gaps in EU-13, new technologies and regional policy, and the Galileo Satellite Navigation System, while fifteen other projects were ongoing at year’s end.
Moreover, STOA hosted 10 events, providing important opportunities for interaction between policy-makers, researchers and the public, and ran its MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme for the seventh time, with 13 pairs.
The European Science-Media Hub, operating under STOA, at its kick-off event ‘Communicating science via social media’ in June 2018, gathered a wide variety of stakeholders to debate the challenges of communicating science, and start building a network for future contacts and cooperation. This set the stage for the very successful development of the Hub in the course of the year.