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25 November 2012 / erikduval

Technology and Decision Makers

The relationship between technology and decision making is often a difficult one…

Technology evolves fast. (Right, this should qualify me for the platitude-of-the-week award). Decision makers want to develop policy based on preparatory study work (which takes time) and for a certain time (during which technology has already developed further). The result is that plans are often obsolete by the time they are ready.

I’ve been asked by my university to help prepare policy on how we can deploy technology in education, so I’m kind of sensitive to this problem at the moment. BTW, I’d appreciate pointers to policy plans on ICT in education from other organisations. Or information about the process that lead to these plans…

One thing that often strikes me in this context is how little use is made of technology to develop such plans: most of the discussions and preparation work are Plain Old Face-to-face meetings and reports.

That is where the announcement below comes in the picture: it is part of a program I’m involved in to help prepare future decision makers. If you have a few days to spare in January, you may want to participate in the first session?

Technology for Decision Makers
 
Join renowned specialists such as prof. Gerhard Fisher (U Colorado-Boulder), leading expert in human-computer interaction and computer-mediated learning; dr. Jos Delbeke, director-general for Climate Action, European Commission, prof. Hans Bruyninckx (KU Leuven), coordinator of TRADO, the Flemish policy research centre on transitions for sustainable developments, and many more in a three-day workshop that explores how societal challenges can be matched by cutting-edge technological developments.
 
The workshop is the first in a series of three workshops preparing the new Master of Science in Technology for Decision Makers (MTD) that KU Leuven will launch in January 2014. Participants will get a taste of the new master’s cutting-edge approach of teaching professionals the fundamental drivers and new developments in key technology domains, but also how to embed innovations in a wider ecosystem of markets, organizations, sectors, governments and ultimately societal change.
 
Participants will get the opportunity to interact with experts from academia, business and government in an innovative learning environment.
 
The first workshop will provide an overview of societal challenges, unravel the fundamentals of a key enabling technology such as ICT, explore the dynamics of global energy systems and investigate how our transportation and logistics systems are using state-of-the-art technologies. It consists of three days of lectures, high-level guest seminars, discussion sessions, and workshops:
 
Wednesday 23 January: From societal challenges to the drivers of global energy systems
Thursday 24 January: Energy system scenarios and the fundamentals and outlook of ICT
Friday 25 January: The transportation system of the future
 
Practical details 
Time: Each day starts at 9.00 h and ends at 18.00 h
Venue: Leuven (exact location will be given at a later stage)
Participation fee: 200 Euro (for 3 days, 3 lunches included)
More information: Please contact Erik Mathijs, MTD programme director (Erik.Mathijs@ees.kuleuven.be) or
Alain Smolders, coordinator (alain.smolders@set.kuleuven.be).
Because of the highly interactive approach, the number of participants is limited!
 
Registration: Register before Friday 14 December 2012, by email to Alain Smolders (Alain.Smolders@set.kuleuven.be), including all contact and invoice details.
 
To learn more about the new Master, visit our website: http://set.kuleuven.be/technology-for-decision-makers

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