STOA Network

STOA is active in S&T policy networks on an international level. It is a founding member of the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) network, and maintains strong connections and actively cooperates with European institutions and organisations, including notably the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD).

On a global scale, STOA has strong links with the STS (Science and Technology in Society) forum, the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) and the World Science Forum.


This network was established in 1990 by STOA and five other Parliamentary Technology Assessment centres under the patronage of the then EP President Enrique Barόn Crespo. Its members advise parliaments on the possible social, economic and environmental impacts of developments in science and technology. EPTA also has as a mission setting up and strengthening technology assessment as an integral part of parliamentary decision-making in Europe.

European Commission

The JRC is the European Commission's in-house science service, providing independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

DG RTD defines and implements European Research and Innovation policy with a view to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy and its key flagship initiative, the Innovation Union.

STS forum

It was established in 2003 as an international network for dialogue on challenges and opportunities related to the application of science and technology and resolving problems related to it.


This is a biennial, pan-European conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation.

World Science Forum

This biennial event, organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in co-operation with other partners in Budapest, and since 2013, alternately in Budapest and a developing or emerging country, provides space for debate between the scientific community and society.