Eu-SPRI Forum PhD Circulation Award – Call for proposals for doctoral researchers

Eu-SPRI Forum PhD Circulation Award

Call for proposals for doctoral researchers

Twenty Fifth submission deadline: 11th March 2019

The circulation of PhD researchers is an important element of the training activities of the Eu-SPRI Forum network. It is part of the development of the European training platform which Eu-SPRI Forum aims to develop in the area of science and innovation policy studies. It addresses our objective of offering a European pathway to PhD researchers in this field.

 EU-SPRI Forum now invites PhD researchers to apply for the next round of PhD circulation.

This call is open to doctoral researchers in their second year of PhD thesis or beyond

(and early stage researchers, who have completed their PhD within the past 12 months, in exceptional circumstances).

Member organisations and details of how to apply are listed on the eu-spri website

[Publication] La Voix du web – Nouveaux régimes de l’opinion sur Internet by Baptiste Kotras

Every day, millions of publications are posted on social networks, about anything and everything: fashion, sports, cooking, politics, showbiz. In addition to its abundance and accessibility, the online conversation takes place in the absence of any external solicitation: it seems to offer a direct and authentic access to our most varied opinions. Since the 2000s, a group of start-ups and agencies have invested this unique material: their algorithms allow to capture and analyze these opinions, in order to monetize them with major brands and political parties. These instruments implement a “seismography” of the Internet, drawing a new regime of knowledge and government. A fundamental book to understand what happens to our digital footprints, that is, how the web reinvents the measure of opinion.

Baptiste Kotras holds a doctorate in sociology from Paris-Est University, a researcher at LISIS. He is interested in how digital traces upset the knowledge of citizens and merchants

[Publication] Fabriquer des actes d’Etat – Une ethnographie du travail bureaucratique by Jean-Marc Weller

This book deals with one of the emblematic modalities of the capacity of public intervention: the production of “acts of state”, that is to say of administrative decisions (notification, order, judgment, license, certificate, etc.). which, as soon as they are taken, are endowed with an authority which obliges us. The ethnographic survey that this book proposes in several administrations (Justice, Agriculture, Social Security) invites to be interested in the concrete modalities by which the State can act. The answer seems known: beyond making decisions legitimized by law, he produces writings.

But how are the documents, without which these decisions would not exist, be made up? And by what mysteries do these papers cover themselves with a force that makes it right, through them, the State that acts? To answer these questions, it is necessary to open the office door, survey their linear, flip through the files, follow the paperwork, and get into the thick of writing activities, computing operations, computer manipulations that we shed light on the importance of documentary organization, the diversity of possible bureaucratic arrangements, the intelligence and the contradictions of the work that is done there.

Empowering civil society through participatory investigation? – 1 & 2 février 2019

Empowering civil society through participatory investigation ?

1-2 February 2019
LISIS, Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée (RER Noisy-Champs), France


This 2-day workshop is dedicated to exploring new types of interactions between science and society, which we call participatory investigation, and howsuch interactions can contribute to the empowerment of civil society. We want to discuss such interactions from the perspective of civil society organisations (NGOs), a point of view that has so far been largely neglected.

The workshop is organised in collaboration by European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) within the H2020 project Doing it Together Science (DITOs), Pour une alliance sciences en société (ALLISS), Institut francilien recherche, innovation, société (IFRIS), Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS) and the Living Knowledge Network (LKN).

There is a preliminary agenda here.

If you would like to participate, please register by Sunday 9th December 2018 (see section “How to take part”).

Plus d’infos et inscriptions :


CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT Eu-SPRI 2019 Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development Goals. Actors, Instruments and Evaluation Roma, 5-7-June 2019 Hosted by CNR-IRCRES Research Institute for Sustainable Economic Growth



 Eu-SPRI 2019

Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development Goals.

Actors, Instruments and Evaluation

Roma, 5-7-June 2019

Hosted by CNR-IRCRES Research Institute for Sustainable Economic Growth

The Conference builds on the directions proposed by the 2017 Vienna and the 2018 Paris EUSPRI conferences, and focuses on new actors, instruments, practices, and policies for research and innovation to pursuing sustainable development goals using the problem-solving approach.

The Conference wants to deepen the concepts of ‘missions’ and ‘transformative policies’, and how R&I studies can address them, trying to figure out existing or potential linkages between missions and sustainable development goals, and what is the contribution that STI policy studies can provide in this respect.

The Conference should also discuss the problem of measurements related to missions and the existing gap between missions and social challenges, policy objectives, policy instruments, and research projects, including the understanding of issues such as regulations, public funding and public procurement toward reaching specific goals.

The Conference will be organized around seven key themes.

  • R&I policies toward mission-oriented sustainable research: rethinking policy design, implementation and evaluation.
  • New governance of STI policies: actors, networks and instruments
  • Social innovation: enabling factors and existing practices for sustainable social needs
  • RRI and the responsiveness of science and technology developments, institutions and policies
  • Disruptive emerging technologies, digital platforms and associated business model innovations and the rise of new innovation ecosystems
  • Research infrastructure for STI studies: open data, big data, and new research avenues
  • Globalization and the geography of knowledge and innovation

Call for presentations, posters and special sessions

Only one call will be made for both individual proposals (abstracts) collective answers (sessions) and posters. Abstracts should be extensive abstracts (up to 3000 words) indicating if the proponent(s) submit an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Sessions should present the topic addressed and the relevance for the Conference.

The members of the Scientific Committee will be mobilized for the abstract peer review. Papers will be accepted for oral presentation on the base of the results of peer review; the organizers retain the right to assign a paper for a poster even if the authors submitted for oral presentation.

Poster sessions will be given equal time that usual sessions because we consider them as important as oral presentations. The call also foresees proposals for specific sessions or special tracks beyond the key themes, which address the topic under the general Conference theme.

CNR, the organizer of the conference, is dedicated to open access. All colleagues that submit an abstract at the same time engage to make their abstract and presentations accessible on the website of the conference.

Important dates:

– Pre-announcement of the Call: December 2018

– Opening of Submissions: January 10, 2019

– Closing of Submissions: February 15, 2019

– Announcement of selected papers and posters: March 30, 2019

– Registration open: April the 1st, 2019

Local organizing committee:

Emanuela Reale, Giovanni Cerulli, Serena Fabrizio, Lucio Morettini, Bianca Potì, Antonio Zinilli.


Scientific committee: to be determined.

Secretariat: Marco De Biase,



CNR Headquarter for the morning of Wednesday the 5th and Centro Congresso Frentani, which are very close to Termini Station (the main train station of Roma).

Conference website announcement:

Research Note: Innovation and the problem of values

Innovation is presented as the solution to address grand societal challenges. Taking this new policy motto seriously requires to renew the dominant imaginary of innovation defined by a series of attributes -technology centeredness, market relatedness, competition, entrepreneurialism, diffusion, exclusivity and creative destruction- and above all by the belief that innovation is always good.

To contribute to such an endeavour, this paper starts with the discussion of five innovation myths. This allows us to identify a set of “handles” that could contribute to a re-opening. The presentation of the three literature streams (Democratising innovation, Responsible innovation, Transformative change) that currently feed the innovation renewal allows consideration of explorations in academia as well as in public policy. A re-imagination and reinvention of innovation is underway, and this dynamic is constituted of different actors from different traditions but still has some limitations.

Call for applications Post-doctoral position in science studies/sociology of health

Call for applications

Post-doctoral position in science studies/sociology of health

The Univ. Grenoble Alpes offers a post-doctoral position in science studies / sociology of health in the research unit PACTE, to work on the IRS project « Soc-Epi » funded by IDEX Université Grenoble Alpes.

Background information. Epigenetics literally, what is “beyond” or above” genetics – is expected to bring about a paradigmatic change in the biomedical sciences and in health policies. The Soc-Epi project investigates how epigenetics may renew current ways of analyzing the biological embodiment of physical, material and social environments. Soc-Epi brings together sociologists of science, sociologists of health, environmental epidemiologists and researchers in epigenetics. Together they will explore the “biosocial” agendas which emerge with epigenetics and their possible translation in social and health policies. The project is led by the Social Sciences Research Unit PACTE and brings together five partner institutions (PACTE; Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Grenoble; Techniques for biomedical engineering and complexity management – informatics, mathematics and applications, Grenoble; Inserm Research Unit 1027, epidemiology, Toulouse; Interdisciplinary Research Unit Sciences, Health and Society, Cermes3, Paris).

Job description: an in-depth qualitative study (data collection and analysis: interviews, observations); organisation of interdisciplinary workshops (epigenetics, epidemiology, sociology).

The post-doctoral position is an 18-month contract, starting October 1, 2018. They will be in residence at the PACTE research unit in Grenoble, and work in close collaboration with Séverine Louvel (project leader, associate prof in sociology, Sciences Po Grenoble), Cherry Schrecker (professor in sociology, UGA) and Solène Billaud (associate professor in sociology, UGA).

Applicants’ profile. Applicants will have successfully completed a doctoral degree, preferably, in science studies and/or sociology of health. Previous knowledge on epigenetics is not required, however familiarity with public health issues is necessary. Previous experience in a qualitative social science study and data analysis is also required. Applicants should be fluent in French and proficient in English. The post-doctoral researcher is expected to interact closely with the project’s members and to publish his/her research in peer-reviewed publications and via oral presentations. The postdoctoral position is open to international applicants.

Applications. Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or be about to earn one) or have a University degree equivalent to a European PhD (8-year duration)

Applicants will have to send an application letter in English and attach:

– Their last diploma

Their CV

Two letters of recommendation.

Applications should be submitted to: and

Application deadline: July 15, 2018 at 12pm (CET)

Eligibility check of applications and 1st round of selection: in August 2018

2nd round of selection: shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview session in Grenoble in September 2018.

-Starting date for employment: October 1, 2018

International workshop on System Innovation towards Sustainable Agriculture SISA-3 – To be held in Riga (Latvia) 6-8 November 2018 at the Baltic Studies Centre

The aim of the third SISA workshop is to bring together research insights and practical experiences in making agriculture more sustainable. The workshop will discuss these in-depth, seeking to contribute to more robust knowledge on how to stimulate transitions towards sustainable agro-food systems.

The workshop will address a range of analytical methods, experiences and scientific insights of the main issues at stake in sustainability research and projects. Doing so, the meeting seeks to realize three main objectives, notably:

• Compare and contrast the issues and analysis of multi-actor innovation process, R&D practices, governance and transformative policies in various European countries;
• Provide input to rethinking government policies, socioprofessional strategies and civic concerns to contribute to sustainability transitions in the agro-food systems on the basis of existing research and experiences;
• Define the content and the agenda of the on-going SISA open consortium for further research and mission-oriented policy support.

Organization committee:
Marc Barbier – INRA & IFRIS, France
Marianne Cerf – INRA SAD, IDEAS, France
Boelie Elzen – Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
Talis Tisenkopfs – Baltic Studies Centre, Latvia

Abstract Submission Web Page:

SISA CoP Web Page:

Download the full document:

2nd USPC-NUS Conference « Science, Policy & Society » Paris, 22-23 May 2018

Following the success of the first “Science, Policy & Society” conference at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2017, the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) and NUS are organising a second event in Paris on 22-23 May 2018.

The first “Science, Policy & Society” conference was the occasion to celebrate the USPC-NUS partnership and to showcase the joint initiatives in research and teaching founded by the two institutions within their collaboration. Click here to see the booklet of the conference held in 2017.

The second conference will be the opportunity to draw on the strengths of each institution in order to create new partnerships. The event will focus on how different disciplines and international collaborations can contribute to advance science and create innovative solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. The event will pay a special attention on how the humanities and the social sciences interact with other disciplines while ensuring that the outcomes of their work is sustainable and beneficial for the society.

You can view the details of the programme on the dedicated page and download the booklet of the conference here.

Revisiting the Nuclear Order. Technopolitical Landscapes and Timescapes – 11-12 June 2018 – Paris

Revisiting the Nuclear Order. Technopolitical Landscapes and Timescapes

11-12 June 2018

Institut d’études avancées

17 quai d’Anjou, 75004, Paris


Organization: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Soraya Boudia (Université Paris Descartes), Kyoko Sato (Stanford University)

You will find attached the program of this international conference and below a presentation in French. The program is also available at this address:

This second workshop is dedicated to exploring the spatial and temporal dimensions of nuclear order. It is a part of a bilateral France/United States research project funded by the Partner University Fund for a period of 3 years (2016-
2019). The first workshop, “Making the World Nuclear After Hiroshima”, took place
at Stanford on May 22-23, 2017 ( The final conference will be held in Japan in 2019, and the project will conclude with an
edited volume.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been widely perceived as the dawn of a new era, the
Nuclear Age that Gunther Anders described as “the age in which at any given moment we have the power to transform any given place on our planet, and even our planet itself, into a Hiroshima.” It was quickly realized that nuclear technology changed the scale of the problems to face with planetary challenges that required
a global mode of governance. As a marker of the power of states and national sovereignty, nuclear power played a key role in the Cold War and influenced international politics in the following decades. With nuclear technology the
world became a laboratory to address a variety of issues, ranging from energy independence to deterrence, from safety and security to the management of waste and disasters. Nuclear power has also profoundly shaped cultural productions (e.g., cinema, literature, art), as an icon of power and means of massive destruction. Since the Cold War period, in turn, nuclear energy has reconfigured our societies,
through persistent geopolitical tensions and symbolic representations associated with it, in particular through museums and memorials.