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Dear readers,

In a slightly different format, HoNESt news will present you – as important stakeholders of the HoNESt – History of Nuclear and Society research project with the latest information on its research and activities – past and forthcoming.

This edition starts out with a short essay outlining a number of important findings from HoNESt’s large-scale comparative historical research. It is written by our partners Robert Bud from the Science Museum, London, and the Helmuth Trischler, from the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany’s most prominent museum of science and technology.

Entitled, The History of Nuclear Energy and Society in Europe: First results and perspectives for further research, the paper distinguishes different groups of countries, with a view to their engagement with nuclear power.

Between 18-22 September, HoNESt will hold a number of different events in Barcelona.

First, the HoNESt summer school on “Nuclear Technology and Society" is held at University Pompeu Fabra during that week. It provides a unique opportunity for PhD Students and junior researchers to learn from HoNESt’s interdisciplinary research experience. It is also a chance to discuss their own research project with renowned experts in the field, and – not least – to learn about stakeholder engagement practice. Please see the Call and the Programme. Late registration is still possible. Please write to albert.presas@upf.edu.
Secondly, HoNESt will hold the first of its four stakeholder engagement events, with representatives of different stakeholder groups, on 21-22 September 2017. Stakeholders from Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal have been invited to discuss HoNESt’s findings concerning the experience in Southern Europe and to engage in the development of future energy scenarios. The programme of the event can be found here. Further stakeholder engagement events are planned to be held in London, Munich and Brussels.
Thirdly, during this week also HoNESt’s Stakeholder Committee – consisting of four high-level representatives of the different stakeholder groups - , will meet in Barcelona, to discuss and give feedback on HoNESt’s activities so far.

Apart from conducting research and organising events themselves, HoNESt has lately been reaching out to stakeholders at numerous events, to discuss HoNESt findings. Most recently, HoNESt members have been present with papers at the AMNT conference in Berlin, the Ricomet Conference in Vienna, and at the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum in Manchester, for example. In September HoNESt will also present the project with an invited paper at the WNA’s conference in London.

Moreover, HoNESt members have discussed their research at scholarly conferences, to insert and expose their findings to the academic debate, such as the conferences of the Catalan Society for Sociology, the British Society for the History of Science, of the European Society for Environmental History, and the Fifth Congress of World and Global History. We will also be present, notably with a panel on the transnational theme of “Siting Nuclear Installations at the Border. Transnational Political Implications and Societal Responses" at the Tensions of Europe Conference in September.

We are looking forward to discussing our research and activities with you in the future.

Feel free to be in touch, and raise any questions and suggestions you may have: contact@honest2020.eu

Jan-Henrik Meyer, Work Package Manager for Dissemination and Engagement


This project has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 662268.

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