Gaston Meskens

Gaston Meskens - Expert Lecturer

Gaston Meskens holds Master degrees in theoretical physics and nuclear physics from the University of Ghent (Belgium). Currently, he works part-time with the Science and Technology Studies group of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN and as a researcher at the Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry in the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the University of Ghent. In 1999, he co-founded the 'Programme of Integration of Social Aspects into Nuclear Research' of the SCK•CEN. The programme takes nuclear technology as a case in order to study the complexity of technology assessment in the context of sustainable development governance.

Gaston Meskens has built up more than fifteen years of experience in participative and transdisciplinary research on governance related to issues such as sustainable development, energy, climate change and radioactive waste management and with working in and around the assemblies of the policy processes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), the United Nations Non-Proliferation Treaty process (UN-NPT) and of the research-related activities of the European Commission. In previous years, he has also participated as an invited expert in Belgian parliamentary and public hearings on the ethics of risk-inherent technology governance, on several Technical Committees of the International Atomic Energy Agency and of the OECD, and in UN missions in the framework of sustainable development.