­Transparency and participation

The government supports programmes to implement participatory research more rigorously in Germany and encourage active exchange in the research sector and with the general public. This cultivates a society that is interested in social and technological progress, that comes up with ideas of its own and plays an active role in the innovation process.

New developments and technologies are the subject of candid, open debate in Germany in which the chances and risks are weighed without bias. This cultivates a society that is interested in social and technological progress, that comes up with ideas of its own and plays an active role in the innovation process. In its High-Tech Strategy, the Federal Government advocates the greater involvement of all stakeholders – from academia to industry, right down to the citizens – in shaping innovation processes. To this end, it is strengthening key elements like citizens‘ openness to new technologies, citizen participation and social innovations. Moreover, it aims to use programmes to implement participatory research more rigorously in Germany and encourage active exchange in the research sector and with the general public.

Having substantiated information at your fingertips is essential when directing the progress of new technologies and developments and for initiating open dialogue at an early stage. With a focus on the next five years, the innovation and technology analysis (ITA) presents the opportunities and challenges of new technologies in a neutral, transparent and comprehensive manner. The results of the Strategic Foresight illustrate how society could change in the long term.

Scientific communiction is tasked with presenting research results and innovation processes in a readily comprehensible form. Dialogue formats play a key role in this respect and are increasingly dominating the Science Years. The Science Year 2015 – City of the Future invited interested citizens to become actively involved by offering nationwide participation and mobilisation programmes to help design the city of tomorrow, while conveying the central role of science and research for future urban development in a practical way. The Science Year 2016*2017 – Seas and Oceans demonstrates how science and research contribute to protecting and using the seas and oceans sustainably.

By engaging in dialogue with the citizens and encouraging transdisciplinarity in the research sector, the Federal Government seeks to entrench innovations in the very heart of society. As a platform to guide the prospective focus of research and development, the Future Forums enable citizens to contribute the wealth of their experience more directly to policy-making. Agenda processes ensure that innovation and research programmes are demand-oriented. In addition, scientists provide input to help identify priorities, thereby raising the acceptance and awareness of the funding programmes, which increase innovative capabilities in turn.