Each Keynote Speaker will make a 45 min. presentation on October 15. In addition, they gently accepted to serve as chairman during the three parallel sessions on October 16. As a result, all the selected communication will be discussed by one of them.

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals, The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University and has held numerous distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan. Jasanoff served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her grants and awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente. More info.

Andrew Stirling was Research Director for SPRU (2006-13) and the Sussex Management School (2009-2012). His current work involves research and postgraduate teaching on democracy and sustainability in science and technology. Among many projects, he co-directs the ESRC-funded joint IDS-SPRU STEPS Centre, and he is Deputy Director for the DEFRA-funded joint Surrey-Sussex Research Group on Sustainable Lifestyles, and the Director of a spin-off University Enterprise on Multicriteria Mapping. A longstanding member of the Sussex Energy Group, he is SPRU PI for collaborative initiatives on governance of climate geoengineering and the discontinuing of technological systems. He is also involved in projects on reframing general concepts of security, understanding energy security, mapping science systems and exploring ‘responsible innovation’. He serves on the Research Committee of the ESRC and on editorial boards for the Journal of Risk Research, Minerva, Nature EMBO Reports, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management and Environmental Innovation and Societal Transition. More info.

Pierre-Benoit Joly is agricultural engineer (1982), and has a Ph.D. in economy. He is Director of Research at INRA, Director of the Institut Francilien Recherche, Innovation, Société (IFRIS) and of  the Laboratoire d’Excellence (Labex) SITES. He is specialized in economy and sociology of innovation, and works since 1996 on the understanding of the dynamics of knowledge and innovation production. Pierre-Benoit Joly coordinated – or participated to – various European Research Projects. He teaches at  Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at Sciences Po, and he is member of the EU Commission experts group « Science and Governance» . He is currently membre of the Science and Democracy Network Council (SDN) and the European Association for the Studies of Science and Technology (EASST). He serves on editorial boards for the Journal Minerva and Nature-Science-Société. More info.

Discutant and Chair of the Keynote Session

Arie Rip will act as discutant during the Keynote Session. He will then chair the Q/A Session.

Arie Rip is emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology, associated with the Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies in the University of Twente. He studied chemistry and philosophy at the University of Leiden, did research in physical chemistry, and switched to Chemistry and Society teaching and research, and Science, Technology and Society studies more generally. He was guest professor of science dynamics at the University of Amsterdam (1984-1987), and then moved to his position at the University of Twente. He was active as Secretary/Tresurer of the European Association for the Social; Study of Science and Technology in the 1980s, and President of the international Society for Social Studies of Science (1988-1989). His work in science dynamics, technology dynamics, and constructive technology assessment is widely acclaimed. Arie Rip is involved in R&D program and institute evaluation studies, and international comparative science policy studies. He was a member of various EU High-Level Expert Groups , has directed a large programme on Constructive Technology Assessment and Societal Aspects of Nanotechnology, part of the Dutch Nantional NanoNed R&D consortium, and has actively promoting international collaboration in issues of nanotechnology and society. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, is still collaborating with its Centre of Excellence on Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Studies, and also collaborates with research groups at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Capetown. He has supervised more than 50 Ph.D. students. He has (co-)authored many publications in peer-reviewed journals, and chapters in scholarly books. He (co-) authored or (co-) edited 17 books, and is regularly invited to give keynote speeches to international workshops and conferences. His main topics of research and commentary at the moment are Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and the future of the institutions of science and varieties of knowledge production.

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