• Application Deadline
  • 5 days
The Expertise at stake - technoscience and public participation in the post-truth age programme at University of Pisa will offer postgraduate and PhD students and early career researchers the opportunity to interact with international scholars with a transdisciplinary background in social studies of science and technology and specific expertise in the topics addressed.


Science, technology and related expertise have taken an increasingly prominent role in society. Public unease with and controversy over the way science and technology progress and expertise is applied to address societal needs, expectations and demands have however grown proportionally. Institutions such as the European Union have recognised this as a major question, leading to what has been sometimes depicted as a crisis of trust in science and, more recently, a crisis of rationality in addressing public issues. A number of theoretical frameworks and approaches have been developed along the years. 

Though these may differ considerably as to how the origin of the problem is diagnosed and the answer is conceived, there is a widespread agreement that any simplistic view of the interface between science and society is to be abandoned, and that more inclusive approaches have to be worked out. As a result, there has been a vast increase in awareness, conceptual frameworks, tools and skills in communicating science, gauging public responses and involving people in science and technology-related policy-making. 


The  Expertise at stake - technoscience and public participation in the post-truth age programme at University of Pisa aims at providing an updated outline of this problematic, with a focus on frameworks, approaches, methodologies and experiences.

The main themes that will be addressed are:

  •  Science-society interface approaches from public understanding of science to post-truth
  •  Participatory innovation, with special reference to Responsible Research and Innovation
  •  Investigating and communicating environmental risks
  •  Public health and trust
  •  Mapping techno-scientific controversies
  •  Expertise and public deliberation

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

  • Activities will be articulated in morning and afternoon sessions.
  • The morning sessions will be devoted to keynote speeches and discussion. 
  • The afternoon sessions will develop the topics addressed in group work coordinated by the teachers with the help of tutors. 


Postgraduate and PhD students and early career researchers.


  • Prof. Luigi Pellizzoni

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a BSc, MSc or PhD in social and political sciences or any field relevant to Science and Technology studies. Candidates will be selected on the base of their CV and research interests, maintaining a balanced participation in terms of gender and nationality of candidates. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the summer school if fewer than 20 students are enrolled. A maximum number of 30 students will be admitted to the school.
  • Identity Document (*Passport in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of B2 (or higher) level of English is highly recommended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    250 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 250 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    250 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 250 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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Living costs for Pisa

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Two scholarships (covering the participation fee) will be available for talented students. Scholarship applicants must send a Statement of Purposes (max 500 words) enclosed in their application. The Statement should explain why attending this summer school would be important for their academic studies or career, outlining also the reasons why they need a scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of documented academic performance, personal achievements and financial needs.

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