European Science Foundation Programme
Towards Electronic Democracy:
Internet-based Complex Decision Support (TED)
Facilitation Issues in e-Democracy
November 13th – 15th, 2006
The advent of web-technologies has brought the possibility of supporting geographically and temporally dispersed group decision making. Technically it is now possible to discuss issues, debate objectives, formulate problems, access data, analyse models, conduct sensitivity analyses, vote, decide and implement actions, all without the group meeting other than virtually. Moreover, web-based group decision support can be extended in principle to structure deliberative e-democracy and e-participation in societal decision making. The facilitation of such large scale group decision support will not be easy and may need skills and techniques beyond those currently used in small groups, be they face-to-face or web-based. This workshop will focus on facilitation issues of deliberative e‑democracy and e‑participation, firstly seeking to identify the issues that need addressing and secondly to outline programmes of research.
· To bring together behavioural scientists, information systems engineers, decision analysts, political and social scientists, psychologists and others to discuss multi-disciplinary perspectives on the facilitation of deliberative e‑democracy and e‑participation.
· To map out a research agenda on the development of effective facilitation of deliberative e‑democracy and e‑participation.
The workshop will
be held over three days at
Gene Rowe (Institute for Food Research): Deliberative e‑Democracy and e‑Participation
Gwendolyn Kolfshoten (TU Delft): Facilitation
Alec Morton (
Duncan Shaw (
Registration fees (including coffee, lunches, teas, dinners on 13th and 14th Nov, handouts):
£ 80 student or young researcher registration.
Late payment of registration fees after November 3rd, 2006 will incur an additional fee of £30 (£15 for students/young researchers).
Further details available from:
Prof Simon French,