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Egenis Seminar with Dr Sabina Leonelli

Seminar   03.02.2009

Starts

30.11.1999

Ends

30.11.1999

Speakers

Dr Sabina Leonelli, Research Fellow, Egenis

Organised by

Egenis

Venue

University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ

Room no: GF7, Byrne House

Event details

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Issue-Based Scientific Governance

A long-term goal of my research at Egenis is to elaborate a theoretical framework for understanding new forms of soft governance in science and their epistemic impact on research. In this talk, I wish to present and discuss some initial ideas on how to pursue this goal. I focus on the social and epistemic role of scientific organisations that are created by scientists themselves for the purposes of self-regulation. How can we conceptualise and understand cases of self-organised, collective action of the type that gives rise to scientific societies, alliances and committees, often with significant consequences for the structure, direction and coordination of research as a whole? My starting point in tackling this broad question is to analyse and compare the history and institutional role of three types of organisation:(1) genomic consortia, and particularly the Ontology Consortia recently emerged as de facto regulatory bodies in bioinformatics; (2) self-appointed committees that play a crucial role in coordinating research at a national and international level, such as the GARNet (Genomic Arabidopsis Research Network) within UK plant science; and (3) international projects funded by the EU, e.g. the AGRON-OMICS project funded by the EU Sixth Framework Programme. Drawing from current ideas in social movement theory and political philosophy, I argue that these three cases can be thought of as examples of issue-based politics, and that understanding these organisations as social movements constitutes an illuminating strategy to analyse their origins and development into full-fledged regulatory bodies.

Further details

http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/egenis/events/pastevents/seminars/furtherdetails,3584,en.t4.html