BISITE Marie Curie research fellow, Denisa Kera, was a keynote speaker at the conference dedicated to the so-called “maker movement” at the occasion of the inauguration of the first JRC makerspace in Ispra, May 15 - 17th.
She shared her experience with various makerspaces around the world and their strategies of connecting policy, design and emerging technologies that also inspired her current research into anticipatory governance of blockchain and DLTs.
One of the missions of The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is to support public engagement in science and technology and provide an independent environment for various stakeholders to anticipate, discuss and make policies reacting to emerging science and technology issues that need to be addressed at EU level.
In the conference, about 12 EU makers discussed the importance of such independent spaces for the democratization of science and technology, but also the value of DIY (Do-It-Yoursel) and tinkering for resilience and inclusive innovations. They support JRC makerspace as a lab where the public, scientists and policymakers can meet, tinker together and collaborate on innovative and inclusive technoscientific policies.