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Many scientists feel that scientific outcomes are not sufficiently taken into account in policy-making. The research reported in this paper shows what happens with scientific information during such a process. In 2001 the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management commissioned their regional office in Limburg to assess how flood… (More)
Controlled human malaria infections are clinical trials in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with malaria under controlled conditions. Controlled human malaria infections are complex clinical trials: many different groups and institutions are involved, and several complex technologies are required to function together. This functioning… (More)
The Social construction of technological systems new directions in the sociology and history of technology. The digital divide as a complex and dynamic phenomenon.
What do scientific advisory boards such as the Health Council of the Netherlands get their authority from? How does the Council ensure that its advice is incorporated into policy and into the practices at which the advice is directed? A frequently heard answer to this question is: by describing 'the state of knowledge' as optimally as possible. However,… (More)