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Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science

Objective

EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science) is a collaborative research project aiming at answering in the most innovative way the topic SiS.2011.3.0.6-1 which calls for an assessment of “the opportunities and risks in the use of the web and the social media as a meaningful information tool and for developing a participatory communication between scientists and the different publics”. Our proposal focuses first on the emerging uses of the web as a tool of collective endeavour and public debate, then on engaging actors involved in two particular technoscientific issues (aging/life expectancy and climate change adaptation) in an ‘open-air’ experiment using online interactive platforms that will be designed and developed within the project.

In the domain of science-society interactions, the aim of EMAPS is to get a better understanding of whether the web can provide a meaningful equipment to produce an enhanced interest of a wider public, not as receivers of information about end results of science, but as potential participants in science in the making. Particularly for controversial topics like climate change, the present EU call underlines the potential as well as the risks of the explosion of online communication and the proliferation of producers and consumers of scientific information. To cope with this situation, EMAPS, coordinated by Prof. Bruno Latour at Sciences Po in Paris, proposes an innovative model to trace the heterogeneous networks constituted around science and technology issues. Accordingly, the involvement of different publics will come from equipping scientists, journalists, activists, corporations and citizens with a political atlas mapping their disagreements on science and technology. This is the hypothesis EMAPS would like to assess, drawing on a set of theories and practices to be assembled in the project: digital methods, science and technology studies, communication design and social innovation.

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75341 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 401 496
Administrative Contact
Barbara Bender (Ms.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 230 829
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Richard Rogers (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 174 440
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniel Schneider (Mr.)
FUNDACIO BARCELONA MEDIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 176 557
Address
Avenida Diagonal 177 - Planta 9
08018 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gemma Muiños (Ms.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 249 434
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Rita Ancora (Ms.)
THE YOUNG FOUNDATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 050
Address
Victoria Park Square 18
E2 9PF London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
William Norman (Dr.)