Le M.U.R.S. à ESOF 2016 Manchester

July 26. 12:50 – 2:05 pm (45 minutes)

Session title : Abandoning the usual disciplinary structures in science

In 1994, M. Gibbons, C. Limoges, H. Nowotny et alii published The New Production of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies, followed in 2001 by Rethinking Science: Knowledge and the Public in an Age of Uncertaintyby Nowotny, Scott and Gibbons. In those works, they presented a shift in the production of knowledge, from « mode 1 » to « mode 2 », presented as two heuristic paradigma.

Twenty years later, the H2020 program of the European Commission structures the EU research program around big societal challenges, abandoning the usual disciplinary structure, but despite constant and pressing calls to a new organisation of science production, universities and research organizations seem to be still mainly structured according to mode 1. Nonetheless, a closer look shows that in this (slowly) moving landscape, some innovative structures are experimenting new ways of producing science, and have deliberately organised themselves to cross either the borders of disciplines (humanities, social sciences and natural sciences), or the borders between public and private sectors, or between basic research and applied science, or between professional scientists and amateurs. Through those explorations they are renewing research outcomes and relations between science and the society.

This session is dedicated to those innovative structures.

After an overall introduction by A.S. Godfroy (SND Sorbonne, Paris), cases studies will be presented. Each presenter is a member of a new research lab and will present the reasons for creating this new structure, the existing results and the expected outcomes. The session will end with a reflective part involving the public and science policy makers.

Overall Introduction

  • A.S. Godfroy (SND, Paris, FR): Overall Introduction, Crossing the Borders Towards New Frontiers

Part 1: Innovative science producers

Part 2: Reflective workshop moderated by  Jean-Pierre Alix (Euroscience & MURS, Paris, FR)

with contributions by :

  • Philippe Galiay, Policy officer, European Commission, Ethics and Gender unit, DG Research and Innovation.
  • Fabienne Cazalis, Cognitive Sciences Phd, chargée de recherche CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod (ENS, FR)
  • Anne Cambon-Thomsen, Directrice de recherche CNRS, head of the interdisciplinary research team « Génomique, biothérapies et santé publique » at INSERM/Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, FR) and ESOF 2018 Champion in Toulouse.

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