European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER)

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ENSSER brings together independent scientific expertise to develop public-good knowledge for the critical assessment of existing and emerging technologies.

The network fosters an open and engaged scientific discourse through conferences, meetings and education; supports a transparent and interdisciplinary research; supports and protects early whistleblower scientists who are often harrassed and prosecuted for speaking out loud; increases the awareness of the public opinion through opinion papers, press releases and other channels; takes part in scientific and technological policy processes at European level. From the start, ENSSER has been actively involved in the Carthagen Protocol on prevention of biohazards and related to the Convention on biological diversity.

The network brings together a hundred of scientists and three organizations. ENSSER is very active in terms of participation to scientific conferences, scientific publications, seminars, etc, on issues such as GMOs (I;E; teosint and GMO corn), biotechnologies, pesticides (neonicotinoïds, largely present in agriculture and highly toxic for multiple species), biodiversity, whistleblowers. The network recently explored the questions of energy. Scientists from vairous European countries are members of the Board of ENSSER.

Four major lines of action:

ENSSER advocates benign and peaceful use of scientific discoveries and technological developments, while expanding diverse approaches to assess their utility and safety in society.

ENSSER considers that critical, independent and transparent analyses of technology options can best promote sustainable and humane technology development that addresses both current and future social and environmental problems.

ENSSER promotes the critical European and international discourse on new technologies, their impacts and their regulation. As scientific and technological advances, are increasingly driven by private interest, health and environmental safety information needs often lag behind. As a result, the relationship between science, society and environment in science policy should be restructured to better protect the public interest.

ENSSER promotes critical thinking to help reshape current models towards more democratic and participatory agenda-setting processes. This requires creating spaces for scientific information independent from economic and political influence, and includes the identification, use, and quality assessment of scientific, lay, local, traditional and other knowledge sources.

Objectives

ENSSER has three key objectives:

1) supporting and protecting independent and critical scientific research for the protection of the environment, biological diversity and human health against negative impacts of new technologies and their products;

2) promoting a democratic approach of the choice of scientific and technical options for practical implementation; and

3) developing responsible approaches to the assessment of risks and benefits of existing and emerging technologies.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • networking of actors
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • expertise
  • research, analysis
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies

Target audience

  • researchers, scientists
  • general public
  • public authorities, elected representatives, administrations

Thematic areas

  • research and technological innovation