The Danish Board of Technologye stablished on a permanent basis

TA-Institutionen und -Programme

The Danish Board of Technologye stablished on a permanent basis

by Lene Hansen

On 31 May 1995, the Danish parliament, the Folketing, adopted an act on the Danish Board of Technology. As of 1 August 1995, the Board of Technology was established as a permanent, independent institution. The Board was renamed in Danish from 'TeknologiNaevnet' to 'Teknologi-Rädet'. Its new director is Jan Ejlsted.

The Board of Technology will be entrusted with the tasks of monitoring the technological development, carrying out comprehensive assessments of the possibilities and impacts inherent in technology, and with furthering the public debate on technology. Advisory activities to the parliament and the government have been added to the list of tasks.

The Board will have a Board of Governors of 11 members. The Minister for Research appoints the chairman and three members in consultation with the Research Committee of the parliament. The following institutions will each appoint one member:

_ Danish Council for Adult Education

_ The Salaried Employees' and Civil Ser
vants' Confederation

_ The Danish Confederation of Trade

_ The Danish Employers' Confederation

_ The Industry and Trade Development

_ The National Association of Local Autho
rities jointly with the Danish Association
of County Councils

_ The national research councils.

In addition, a Board of Representatives of around 50 members will be set up. It will serve "as a forum of open debate on current subjects related to technology assessment" as the Act states. The Board of Representatives meets twice annually.

The relations to the parliament will be ensured by continuous contact between the Board of Technology and the relevant specialist committees of the parliament and by the Board's rendering of reports to the Parliamentary Committee of Research.
The appropriation of the Board of Technology will be determined in the annual state budget. The 1996 appropriation comes to DKK 9 million.

Activities and methods

In order to assess the new technology the Board undertakes technology assessments over a wide field, where interaction between technology, society and the individual is significant. Major subject areas for assessment include: the environment, transport, working and living conditions as well as biotechnology, teaching-, health- and information technology.

As before, a variety of methods and communication strategies will be used for the eight to ten assessment projects, performed each year:

_ meetings (conferences, workshops,
seminars ...)

_ communication products (reports, book
lets, books, AV products)

_ briefing notes (briefs for the parliament,
the press and other target groups, briefs
in English).

To produce an interactive relationship with the public and help to bridge the gap between experts, policy makers and the population the Board has for several years worked with participatory methods and developed the Consensus Conferences and the Scenario Workshops.

On-going projects, autumn 1995

- Gene therapy (Johs. Grundahl)

- Crypto-politics (Steffen Stripp)

- Male reproductive health and chemicals
with estrogenic effects (Jan Ejlsted)

- Un-assessed chemicals (Johs. Grundahl)

- Distance Learning
(Henriette Hye-Knudsen)

- Public libraries in the future
(Ida Andersen, Steffen Stripp).


Jan Ejlsted
Antonigade 4, 1106 København K, Denmark
Tel. +33 320503
E-mail: teknoNsn3∂inet uni-c dk