Miquel Domènech is Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His research interests cohere broadly in the field of science and technology studies (STS), with a special focus on the relationship between care and technology and on citizen participation in technoscientific issues. Nowadays he is leading a research on participative methodologies inSTS: “Consensus Conferences in Knowledge Societies. An Essay of DialogicDemocracy with Older People and Experts” (CSO2011-29749-C02-01). He alsocoordinates the GESCIT (Grup d’Estudis Socials de la Ciència i la Tecnologia).
Older People Participation in technoscientific debates
The provision of healthcare and social assistance from a technological basis can be considered an interesting and recent arena where the relationship between experts and lay people is absolutely unavoidable. Indeed, the kind of transformations encompassed in the development of such technologies and its increasing generalization, especially among older people, allows us to envisage the future proliferation of “hybrid encounters” addressed to assess the direction of the process. In this context, participation is the main concern of those facilitating and organising such experiences. This talk will address this question and critically examine the older people has in the design and development of systems, in the production of knowledge about their effectiveness and in policy development about care technologies in Spain, focusing on an recent experience of a citizen conference with older people about digital society.