CFA: An Open World: Science, Technology and Society in the light of Niels Bohr’s Thoughts

December 4-6, 2013, Copenhagen, DENMARK

2013 will be the year of Niels Bohr, as it is the centennial of his three ground-breaking scientific articles which most famously contained his quantum physical model of the atom. The conference will be the culminating event where a large number of experts from different fields will address how risks and opportunities coming from emerging science and technologies call for a rethinking of global political and economical structures, particularly regarding the sharing of science and knowledge.


Call for papers

We invite abstracts on the sociopolitical challenges posed by emerging science and technology, the role of open knowledge in handling these, and procedures for interfaces between science and politics.
As part of the 2013 centennial of Niels Bohr’s seminal articles on the atom, the University of Copenhagen hosts this ambitious international conference with prominent speakers from academe and policy to ‘update’ Bohr’s 1950 ‘Open Letter to the UN’.

Plenary and parallel sessions run under four headings:
• Military Technologies of Tomorrow
• Global Threats and Possibilities
• Politics and Economics with New Technologies: Openness?
• Scientists and Politics

The first two cover new challenges produced by radical breakthroughs in science and technology – first military challenges, then threats and transformations in other domains such as climate change, energy, health and bio-technologies.
The third explores the ‘solution side’ as suggested by Bohr through the concept of openness. Papers can explore economic, legal, political and technological decisions that currently curtail the potential of eg. the internet.

In the fourth, the relationship between science and politics is addressed. How can decision makers be informed by cutting edge scientists about the implications of scientific developments?

Abstracts submitted to no later than September 30, 2013 will be swiftly reviewed and the selected papers will be circulated ahead of the conference. A longer background paper about the conference, a complete Call for Papers as well as the preliminary program can be found at or by mailing the above address, where also questions about the conference will be answered.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Posted: September 13, 2013