By Yves Lherry In On January 25, 2016
The lab 3.0, citizen science and transdisciplinary research, what places for the future of research?
Abstract : In the era of dematerialization, simultaneity and immediacy, the integration of technology in the processes of creation and communication is expanding: digital technologies contribute in creating new personal and social worlds, immersive environments in which the concepts of time, space, and place are being reconfigured.
In some aspects, the laboratory can be considered as partially dematerialized as more and more data is obtained from devices scattered in the real world. This mutation induced among other, a proximity to some citizens who for various reasons are eager to take part in scientific discoveries. Citizen science practices are no longer isolated experiments but they are becoming an important phenomenon to form new interfaces between science and society. Some experiences are even relocated in public spaces, organized with digital platforms, broadly welcoming the participation of non-scientists. If the social effects of this participation are studied by branches of sociology, the impact of citizen science practices on laboratory organization principles has been left behind. Indeed, alongside a laboratory defined by the gathering of scientists and technicians around experimental devices, appears a laboratory much less easy to materialize that reinvents itself as a social space between scholarly and civic communities. Scientific questions and research methodologies are being transformed and therefore transmute laboratories in transdisciplinary places exposed to the direct influence of non-scientists. These looming changes forces us to rethink how to design the research laboratory in co-construction with citizens.
By working in a transdisciplinary lab in biology and physics we will reconstitute the current process of occupation of laboratory space in order to understand how scientists use and appropriate tools and spaces. From the observations of the effects of network computing on the construction of scientific research projects, design, develop and test new forms of networks and experiences based on existing practices. Finally implement the lab 3.0 as a theoretical notion, as a place for responsif and connected learning, and that enables citizens to take part in the scientific research process.
Keywords : Design, Internet of Things, Scientific Workplaces, Prospective Researches, Citizen Science, Transdisciplinarity.
Supervisors : Sophie Pène & Pascal Hersen
Labs : Robustness and evolvability of life & Matière et Systèmes Complexes
Funding : Les Laboratoires Servier
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