The Collaboration Conundrum: Special Interests and Scientific Research

November 5-6, 2015, University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values invites you to a conference on The Collaboration Conundrum: Special Interests and Scientific Research.


Peter Kareiva is Chief Scientist at the Nature Conservancy, a non-profit organization that collaborates with industry. He has held positions in academia for 20 years and in government with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Registration, travel, accommodations, further information

The Collaboration Conundrum Conference will be held at Notre Dame’s Conference Center. A block of rooms is being held at Morris Inn of Notre Dame, please mention the Collaboration Conundrum Conference when making hotel reservations with the Morris Inn ( or 800-280-7256).

All conference-related information will be posted on the Reilly Center’s website at Further inquiries may be addressed to Tori Davies at and 574-631-5015.

Program Committee

Janet Kourany and Anjan Chakravartty, University of Notre Dame Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University

Call for papers

Call for Abstracts

Historical scandals involving industry-funded research, together with empirical evidence of correlations in some areas of science between industry funding and research results favorable to industry have undermined trust in industry-funded science. And yet, it is unrealistic and wasteful to dismiss industry-funded research across the board as unreliable and unconcerned with the public good. What to do? Government reports and scholarly publications are currently extolling the value of public participation in scientific research, and a number of funding agencies are now encouraging initiatives such as community-based participatory research (CBPR). Could the participation of citizen groups in industry-funded research also prove valuable—to increase the relevance, reliability, and acceptability of industry research?

Papers are invited from scholars working in any area relevant to the conference topic, including the private sector, government, and non-profit organizations as well as academic disciplines within the sciences and humanities. Sample topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives on collaborative research
  • Case studies of collaborative research efforts
  • Public perceptions of scientific research produced in a collaborative manner
  • Legal guidelines and regulations for handling research collaborations
  • Ethical principles for managing research collaborations
  • Empirical research on the results of research collaborations
  • Barriers and opportunities associated with collaborative research efforts

This conference is one of a series of events organized in association with the consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE), of which the Reilly Center is a member. More information about SRPoiSE is available at

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission deadline is Monday, June 15, 2015. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts will be refereed and results communicated to authors by June 30, 2015. Abstract submission is electronic at: If you do not have an EasyChair account, you can create one. After logging in, click the ‘New Submission’ link. Add your abstract to the field provided. You can revise your submission any number of times before the deadline.

Deadline: June 15, 2015

Posted: March 23, 2015