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Lieve Van Woensel
European Parliament
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Expert in scientific foresight, scientific advice for policy, technology assessment, science communication, science ethics and science policy: I have worked for more than 30 years in different areas of the science-policy interface for European institutions, Flemish agencies, the Flemish government (cabinet of the Minister-President) and as a PhD researcher. As current head of Scientific Foresight in the European Parliamentary Research Service, I monitor techno-scientific trends, develop science-policy analyses of future developments in science and technology and analyse how parliaments can anticipate the impact of scientific developments and emerging technologies on citizens’ lives. I also contribute to the technology assessment studies of STOA, the scientific advisory board of the European Parliament. I was the 2017/2018 European Union Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College. I hold a PhD in Sciences (1985) from the KU Leuven. In addition, I have a postgraduate degree in Business Administration (KU Leuven, 1989), and I attended the intensive ‘Oxford Scenario Programme’ in 2016. My primary research interest is ‘slow and fast thinking’ about evidence, which involves the behavioural components of handling new facts in the policymaking process.
Skills and expertise
Scientific & technology foresight, horizon scanning, science advice, scenario development
Areas of interest
Technological change, cognitive biases, robotics, agriculture, food
Wants to talk about...
Scenario-based foresight, communication of evidence from foresight, scenario development, facilitation, visualisation of foresight outcomes, bias in thinking processes
Wants to learn about...
Bias of evidence, cognitive processes when dealing with the future
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