Closing International Workshop: Democratization of Science – Epistemological Issues and New Perspectives

May 28-30, 2018, Université de Lyon, France

Call for papers

Description: The two-and-half-day international workshop is the closing event of the DEMOCRASCI project, which deals with the epistemological foundations and principles for the democratisation of the governance of science (for more details on the DEMOCRASCI project, see the project presentation page).

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to: arguments underlying advocacy of the autonomy of science; soundness of the demarcation between basic and applied research; scientific knowledge as a common good and public-interest driven research; public participation in science; socially responsible science; practical forms of democratic governance of science; role of scientific experts in the governance of science, etc.

Invited speakers:

  • Sara Aguiton (CNRS/Centre Alexandre Koyré)
  • Cécile Blatrix (AgroParisTech)
  • Mark B. Brown (California State University)
  • Jaana Eigi (Tartu University)
  • David Guston (Arizona State University)
  • Janet Kourany (University of Notre Dame)
  • Séverine Louvel (SciencePo Grenoble)
  • Roger Pielke Jr. (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Hans Radder (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Julian Reiss (Durham University)
  • Torsten Wilholt (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Organizers: Stéphanie Ruphy (Université de Lyon) and Baptiste Bedessem (Université Grenoble Alpes)

Submissions: Please send an abstract (no more than 500 words) of the talk with your name and affiliation and a list of keywords to and

Deadline for submissions: 30 March 2018.

Notification of acceptance will be send within ten days. Participants who do not give a talk are also welcome and are asked to register by emailing Stéphanie Ruphy ( and Baptiste Bedessem ( in advance. There is no registration fee.

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Posted: March 28, 2018