Portia has developed a consensus seminar process based on the consensus conference model to enable multi-stakeholder discussion and consultation on different aspects of gender issues in science where contrasting views exist.
This was successfully tested in the gensET project, where 14 science leaders represented the "lay" group, world renowned gender research scholars represented the "experts", and science institution, industry and policy makers represented the "public".
We use research evidence as the reason for reaching a consensus. This is the closest approach to how science itself functions. The consensus seminars can be adopted to other circumstances, for example where different actors (e.g. national policy, institutional governance, and local or regional policies) need to establish common agreement on specific issue.
We would be happy to assist organisations in adopting the consensus seminars model to their needs. Please contact us to discuss your interests.