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Date: Sep 10, 2018 - Sep 14, 2018

Summer School "Science and Politics - Exploring Relations Between Academic Research, Higher Education, and Science Policy"

Reihe: Perspektiven der Moderne
Application Date May 15, 2018

Recent years have pointed to ever-growing interdependencies between science and politics. The mutual entanglement of both spheres manifests on many levels: In the face of complex societal challenges, ranging from migration crises to climate change, political decision making is ever more reliant on scientific expertise and policy advice. As a consequence, the institutionalization of politically relevant scientific advice has substantially diversified over the years, ranging from governmental, yet independent expert organizations and advisory positions, to think tanks or international expert agencies. Universities as well as individual scientists, in turn, are responsive to political demands and changing government regimes. Both academic research and the higher education system depend on political resources, the provision of a regulatory framework, a functioning education system and so forth. Recent scholarship in Science and Technology Studies (STS), Higher Education Studies (HES), and Science Policy and Innovation Studies (SPIS) aims at qualifying this intricate relationship between science and politics, in its various, oftentimes subtle, even hidden, dimensions.

In nine different workshops, the summer school will address questions like:

  • How are science and politics entangled in practices, processes, and institutions? How are they co-produced?
  • How do contemporary evaluation regimes impact academic careers and processes of knowledge production?
  • How does technological change – such as digitization or Blockchain technologies – impact science and its organization?
  • How do political imperatives – such as diversity concepts – impact science and higher education?
  • How are accelerating processes of internationalization inscribed in scientific institutions and practices?
  • How do concepts and ideologies shape science policy trajectories?

Addressed at PhD students, early PostDocs, and science policy experts/practitioners, this summer school explores multifaceted science-politics entanglements. Participants will learn about core issues of STS, HES, and SPIS in small interactive workshops. In discussion panels, they will have the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research projects with selected groups of fellow participants and advanced scholars from their field. In addition, there are keynote lectures from leading scholars of the field, a panel discussion including science policy makers from various institutions, and leisure activities.

Public Keynote Speeches by:
  • Rudolf Stichweh, University of Bonn (Germany)
  • James Wilsdon, University of Sheffield (UK)
Please find more information here:
Public access: Yes
Location: Bonner Universitätsforum BUF
Address: Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn
Event host: Forum Internationale Wissenschaft
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