Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society (APSTSN) Biennial Conference: ‘Disasters, Controversy and Public Engagement’
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Oct 1st~4th, 2015
Conference website: http://apstsn.tw-sts.org/
Over the past several years, the Asia-Pacific has experienced disasters on various scales and severity, often compounded by technological system failures, such as the 311 earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Sowel ferry disaster in Korea, and the propene explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In addition, recent scandals regarding food safety in Taiwan and China have created a sense of urgency. These disasters and threats have sparked major controversies over how to ensure a safe future in a risk society, and they have also drawn people from different sectors to participate in the discussion. Most importantly, the public has become even more critical in shaping the climate of civil and policy making opinions. Confronting these disasters, how do we mobilize and empower the public to engage in the improvement of a technological society in order to increase our resilience in the face of giant disasters?
Keynote speakers and panelists
Deborah Bird Rose University of New South Wales, Australia
Tadashi Kobayashi Osaka University, Japan
Kuei-Tien Chou National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Hee-Je Bak Kyung Hee University, Korea
Sulfikar Amir Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Science and technology in society has an important role to play in investigating disasters wherever they arise. This conference offered scholars and activists the opportunity to exchange ideas and findings on the topic of disasters, controversies and public engagements in the Asia-Pacific region. Thank you to the conference organisers and all who attended for a successful conference! View the program to see the range papers and events featured at the conference.