International Conference on Science in Society - 5 – 7 August 2009

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University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

** The International Conference on Science in Society **
5 – 7 August 2009
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Key themes addressed by the Conference include the social impacts of science, the values and ethics of science, the pedagogies of science, the knowledge-making processes of science, the politics of science and the economics of science. At first glance, the scope and concerns of the Conference are enormous. However, in contrast to conferences with a specialist disciplinary focus, this Conference aims to explore, in an interdisciplinary spirit, linkages between different areas of concern and practices of investigation. We welcome presentation proposals which range from broad explorations of philosophical, theoretical, methodological and policy questions, to proposals which present finely grained evidence of the connections of science to society in microcosms of research, teaching and practice.

Participants at the Conference will include researchers, teachers, administrators and policy makers from the basic natural-physical sciences, the applied sciences, the social sciences, history and philosophy of science, the humanities, and the professions.

Plenary speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers in the various fields which are concerned with the relationships of science to society, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers.

This knowledge community is brought together to address a common concern for disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges in the sciences, and in particular the relationships of science to society. Ths community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round virtual relationships in a weblog, peer reviewed journal and book imprint - exploring the affordances of the new digital media. Members of this knowledge community include academics, scientists, social scientists, university managers, science administrators, policy makers, researchers and research students.

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