Science and Democracy Network Eighth Annual Meeting 2009

The Eighth Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network (SDN) was held from Monday, June 29, 2009 to Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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The link to the papers (password-protected) will be posted soon, please check back.

Day 1:  Monday, June 29

10:00Session 1:  Democracy
 Chair: Les Levidow (Open University)
 Charles Thorpe (University of California, San Diego)
 Participation as Post-Fordist Politics: Demos, New Labour, and STS
 Erik Aarden (Maastricht University)
 'Socialising' European Research — A Direction for Democratisation?
 Silke Beck (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research — UFZ)
 A Democracy Paradox in Studies of Science and Technology?
 Tim Forsyth (London School of Economics)
 The Boundary Politics of Adaptation Science
1:30Session 2:  Scientists at Work
 Chair: Ulrike Felt (University of Vienna)
 Alex Wellerstein (Harvard University)
 What can nuclear weapons tell us about the regulation of emergent technologies?
 Regula Valérie Burri (ETH Zurich & University of Basel)
 Visions of public engagement: nanoscientists' understandings of science-society interactions
 Annalisa Salonius (Cornell University)
 Delegate or Perish: Competitive Federal Grants and the Current Organization of Research and Training in Academic Labs in the Biomedical Sciences
 Brian Wynne (Lancaster University)
 'Biotagging', 'Climate Bubble' Manchester and the Open Air Laboratories Network: interdisciplinary critique of two recent experiments in environmental mass observation
4:00Session 3:  Intellectual Property
 Chair: David Winickoff (University of California, Berkeley)
 Pierre-Benoit Joly (INRA/SenS and IFRIS, Université Paris Est)
 Patents and post reductionism in molecular biology — A study of patents on small RNA
 Jonathan Kahn (Hamline University School of Law)
 The Persistence of Race in Biotech Patenting and Drug Development
 Martin Rémondet (IFRIS — Unité INRA / SENS)
 Regimes of knowledge production in tension — Patenting animal cloning between assisted reproduction and biotechnology
 Shobita Parthasarathy (University of Michigan)
 Postmodern Bureaucracy? Science and the Public Interest at the European Patent Office
6:00SDN Resources:  Progress and Prospects
 Chair: Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School)
6:30Adjourn for the day
7:15Reception at Sheila's home

Day 2:  Tuesday, June 30

9:00Session 4:  Science, State, Co–production
 Chair: Andrew S. Mathews (University of California, Santa Cruz)
 Grischa Metlay (Harvard University)
 Instrumental Solutions for Complex Problems: Alcohol and Drug Problems in the United States, 1970-2000
 Frank N. Laird (University of Denver)
 State–Society Relations, Socio–technical Imaginaries, and Path Dependence: Comparing Renewable Energy Policies in Germany and the United States
 Robert Doubleday and Matthew Kearnes (Durham University)
 Science and the State: UK Science Policy and the Enactment of British Liberalism
 Huub Dijstelbloem (Rathenau Institute)
 Governing the Technological Borders of Europe
11:15Book Session
 Fischer, Michael, Anthropological Futures, Experimental Futures, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).
 Erik Fisher, Cynthia Selin, and Jameson M. Westmore, eds.,The Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society, Volume 1: Presenting Futures, Series Ed. David H. Guston, (Springer, 2008).
 Levidow, Les and Susan Carr, GM Food on Trial: Testing European Democracy, Genetics and Society, (Routledge, forthcoming 2010).
12:30Lunch (Group Picture)
2:00Session 5:  Science and Decisions
 Chair: Ângela Pereira (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
 Tsuyoshi Hondou (Tohoku University) and Tamiko Nakamura (Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University)
 Toward Effective Treatment of Scientific Evidence in Cross–examination, a Case Study
 Pia M. Kohler (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
 When Does a Chemical Warrant a Global Ban? Negotiating the threshold for risks from persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
 Arienne Naber (Delft University of Technology)
 Crowdsourcing in Water Management Decision Making
 Roopali Phadke (Macalester College)
 Defending Place in the Google Earth Age
 Chairs: Stephen Hilgartner (Cornell University) and Clark Miller (Arizona State University)
6:30Adjourn for the day

Day 3:  Wednesday, July 1

9:00Session 6:  Legitimacy, Ethics, and Trust
 Chair: Kjetil Rommetveit (University of Bergen)
 Geert J. Somsen (Maastricht University)
 Science and Democracy: The Origins of a Liaison in Second World War Propaganda
 Sujatha Raman and Alison Mohr (University of Nottingham)
 Capturing the Public or Evoking the Moral Codes of Science? Reflections on the politics of public engagement
 Gregory M. Hill (University of Portland & Institute for Culture and Ecology)
 Uncertainty, Precaution and Resilience: a Case Study in the Columbia River Basin
 Hannot Rodríguez (Arizona State University)
 Public Trust in Risk Regulatory Institutions: Three Models of Trust for Three Challenges of Risk Analysis
11:30SDN Resources (Reports)
1:00Future Meetings and Other Business
2:00Adjourn for the day

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