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Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag

27.10.2021 | Publication at EPTA-Conference

What can European societies learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?

EPTA presents report at its annual conference on 9 November 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic was a shock for many personal, social, political and cultural developments and brought entire societies to a standstill. Policymakers face the challenge of making serious decisions in the midst of a dynamically evolving crisis under great uncertainty. At the same time, the pandemic is acting as a pressure cooker for transforming entire areas of life, such as accelerating the digitization of education, work and social life.

Countries around the world have dealt with the pandemic differently. What were the political and social discussions about the role of technology, science, and innovation? What can we learn from these discussions? The European Network of Parliamentary Technology Assessment Institutions (EPTA) has sought answers to these questions and will present a report on the subject. This report is a joint production of EPTA members, led by the Rathenau Institute (Netherlands), which is chairing the EPTA network this year. The international comparison of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic makes this study unique in its kind.

The presentation of the report “The COVID-19 pandemic: Drawing lessons to strengthen societies” will take place on November 9 (14:00-16:00) during a hybrid conference (online and offline). The Rathenau Institute will officially present the report to a representative of the Dutch central government. During the conference, the numerous international authors will discuss their research findings with parliamentarians and policy makers.

This event is open to interested media representatives, parliamentarians and experts. Please send an email with your signature to and you will receive the link to the live stream. After the session, a summary of the conference activities will be published on the Rathenau Instituut website.

Further information: EPTA Network: The COVID-19 pandemic: Drawing lessons to strengthen societies