(Re-)connecting academia during a sudden, global crisis





COVID-19, expert survey, global crisis, technology assessment in times of crisis, interdisciplinarity


Three years ago, the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic challenged academia just like any other societal field, while at the same time putting science center stage. Media attention tended to focus on particular disciplines, such as epidemiology and microbiology, and on individual, mostly local, experts. Based on the idea that science as a global, multidisciplinary community has something to offer society beyond the highly specialized output of individual research fields prepared for local, short-term perspectives, the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences launched a spontaneous expert survey in June 2021 with a global and interdisciplinary aspiration, addressing three non-standard issues related to the pandemic and its management: side effects, opportunities, and preparedness. In this paper, we present our methodology and the results of our analysis. We conclude with a discussion of potential contributions of technology assessment in times of sudden, global crises.


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Kastenhofer K, Friesacher HR, Reich A, Capari L. (Re-)connecting academia during a sudden, global crisis. TATuP [Internet]. 2023 Jul. 6 [cited 2024 Jun. 21];32(2):17-23. Available from: https://www.tatup.de/index.php/tatup/article/view/7060

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