MAGIC at the S.Net Meeting in Bergen (NO)

12 October 2016

MAGIC’s Project members Zora Kovacic (UAB), Tarik Serrano (UAB) and Thomas Völker (JRC) took part in the thematic session The Nexus approach to the assessment of innovation policies organized at the 8th annual S.Net meeting in Bergen, Norway (12th-14 October 2016).

Tarik Serrano presented a case study on GMOs: The license to import GM crops by EU member states in 2015 generated a lot of controversy, seen by some as a step back in terms of innovation and by others as an affirmation of food sovereignty. The presentation asks: (i) which narratives were selected and which neglected when endorsing the policy promoting GMOs? (ii) is this solution effective to deal with the factors threatening food security at the world level? (iii) is this solution effective to deal with the problems of food security as perceived in EU?

Thomas Völker‘s presentation was about Fracking: In the search for alternative and renewable energy sources, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has gained increasing attention in the last few years. In his talk Thomas addressed (i) prevalent expectations and promises regarding the role of fracking in energy production and consumption, (ii) current debates and research on fracking within Science and Tehnology Studies (STS), (iii) the state of play in European policy and (iv) fracking as a ‘real-world experiment’ and the implications for citizen engagement activities. The talk concluded with proposing a set of questions that should be addressed within nexus-research more broadly and the project MAGIC in particular.

Finally, Zora Kovacic made a contribution about Desalination: In several Mediterranean coastal areas and islands, desalination is portrayed as the only water supply option to meet demand from residents, tourist activity, industries. The presentation assessed (i) the evolution of water narratives in the Water Framework Directive and in Spain’s national policies; (ii) the role of technological innovation in the definition of water management strategies; (iii) the implications of the use of technological fixes in water management for access to water and public engagement.

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