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Inspired by: workshops/meetings » Increasing negative attitudes of societies towards nuclear energy

version: 2 / updated: 2011-01-26
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Originally submitted by: Ondrej Valenta
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iKnow workshop country name

Czech Republic

Workshop date

March 2010

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Increasing negative attitudes of societies towards nuclear energy

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Although nuclear energy is due to many reasons considered safe and clean source of energy, there are countries and movements struggling for its total inhibition. These attitudes emphasize especially radiation risks of nuclear power plants as well as the overall malignancy of nuclear energy contributing to contamination of natural environment. Through a series of coincidental events (terrorist attacks to nuclear power plants, a number of smaller accidents in nuclear power plants etc.), these attitudes prevail and achieve the world-wide decision made by policy makers to inhibit the production of energy from nuclear sources.


negative, attitude, nuclear energy, society, global


(max. 250 characters)
Various movement groups as well as governments successfully propagate the negative aspects of nuclear energy, so that it is negatively perceived also by global society.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 nuclear energy will not be one of the energy priorities in many countries continuation
mainly harmful

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

High financial support to these kind of movements


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please select
Level 3: important for the European Union

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
institutional filters (rules, laws, regulations)
economic filters (business/market interests)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)
political filters (party or ideological interests)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Key driving forces of this signal

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Driver 1 Driver 2
Environmental dicovering of side effects in the future

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
beyond 2050 proved risks for health of nuclear waste

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Academic/Research sector research of alternative sources

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Coexistence and conflicts
Social cohesion and diversity
Energy security/dynamics
Economic prosperity/dynamics
Globalization vs. localization
Sustainability and climate change

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Environment (including Climate Change)
Social Sciences and Humanities
Nuclear research
Science in society

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.