Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Siences is the largest university college and the third largest higher education institution in Norway with 16 000 students and 1600 employees. In its overall research strategy HiOA highlights interdisciplinary and inter-faculty research. Technology, Design and Environment (TDE) is one of these common prioritized areas, and includes research on basic relations between new emerging technologies and human and environmental ethics. Among the focused technologies are in particular energy-, bio- and genetic technologies, but also application of nano-technologies in development of sustainable energy technologies and solutions. EST-Frame is anchored in the Research Group on Responsible Innovation.

LEI is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre and works for government and industry in the fields of food, agriculture and green space. By undertaking committed, independent and reliable research, LEI provide support for clients faced with making socially and strategically sound policy choices. LEIs expertise is based on comprehensive knowledge of the sector and the applied use of concepts and techniques from economic and social sciences. The institute utilises knowledge from a broad spectrum of disciplines, varying from general economics, public administration and business administration, to sociology, political science, anthropology and philosophy.

LEI leads work package 2 "Case study Nano Food".

The University of Nottingham was rated No. 7 in the UK for research power in the latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and was named Britain's 'University of the Year' (The Times Higher Awards 2006/7). It is an international institution with campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China. The Centre for Applied Bioethics, established in 1993, is based in the School of Biosciences, with staff in the School of Biosciences (SoB) and School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS).

The Centre for Applied Bioethics is the lead partner in WP4: Case Study Biofuels. Lead Researcher is dr. Kate Millar, and the project researcher is Barbara Ribeiro.

The DBT Foundation works in the tense area between public challenges, technology, knowledge, values and actions to be taken.
We create platforms for participants to pool their knowledge, finding sustainable and interdisciplinary solutions. We combine our knowledge about public, social conditions with our experience about processes. The DBT Foundation arranges and completes projects in cooperation with e.g. decisiontakers, organisations, associations, companies and authorities. The Foundation is non-profit as profit of our activities is used for non-profit purpose. The DBT Foundation works with a local, regional, national, as well as international perspective, and it is specialised into interactive methodologies, involving trans-disciplinary research, stakeholder involvement, citizen participation, political debates and advice, and public communication. Especially in the domain of citizen consultation, connected to policy analysis, the DBT has a global reputation as being highly innovative.

DBT leads WP1 Context and framework analysis and WP5 Case study Security and emerging ICTs.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI) is part of the Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. Fraunhofer ISI has 180 staff members and conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of technology, economy and society under contract to the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB), other ministries and industrial companies.

Fraunhofer ISI is leading the case study Synthetic Biology (WP3).

Advisory committee

Professor Frans Brom, Head of department Technology Assessment, Rathenau Instituut & Chair in Ethics of Technology Assessment, Utrecht University
Dr. Marian Deblonde, Institute for Science and Technology, Flemish Parliament
Dr. Karel-Herman Haegeman, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Knowledge for Growth Unit, JRC Seville
Tore Tennøe, Director, The Norwegian Board of Technology
Dr. Jan Bakkes, The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Dr. Maurizio Salvi, Head of Secretariat, European Group on Ethics