STI and society

Science, technology and innovation do not take place in a vacuum. STI is an integral part of society and has an influence on that society. This influence can be either positive or negative. STI generates more knowledge, contributes to human development, and can engender renewal and improvement. But developments in STI can also raise questions and concerns, for example about safety, the environment and privacy. Society has expectations of STI as well as views on particular STI developments. This gives rise to public debates.

AWTI has advised on several occasions on the role of STI in and for society. The Council looks in its advisory reports at the contribution that STI can make to solving societal issues and realising societal transitions. The Council also advises on the importance of a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach.