Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST) is proud to hold an international conference on the role of forecast, projection, and anticipation in scientific research and technological innovation. Originally scheduled for August 2020, we have no choice but to postpone it to an undetermined date due to COVID-19.


Recent scientific developments in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly in what is called “deep learning” has led to a renewed interest in the possibilities of applications of new algorithms to a wide range of fields (medicine, industry, automotive, etc.). This mirrors the fervor for technological progress already observed in the previous decade with nanotechnology and genomics. Discourses linked to these technological advances are typically framed in terms of an inevitable technological future that has, however, yet to unfold. Such discourses are even more prevalent when a given technology is viewed as a liberating force or a means to revolutionize human and social life.


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Dr. Kornelia Konrad and Dr. Pierre-Benoît Joly will be the conference's keynote speakers.


Konrad is Assistant Professor of Anticipation and Assessment of Emerging Technologies at the University of Twente. She studies the role of anticipation in innovation, reaching from an analytical interest in the role of expectations and socio-technical futures in research, innovation and its governance, to intervention approaches, such as foresight and socio-technical scenarios.


Joly, economist and sociologist, is Directeur de recherche at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in France. From 2009 to 2014, he was the Director of the IFRIS (French Institute for Studies of Research and Innovation in Society) and of Labex (Laboratory of Excellence) SITES. Since then, he is the director of LISIS (Interdisciplinary Lab on Science, Innovation and Society) at Université Paris Est. His research activities focus on governance of collective risks, socio-technical controversies, the use of scientific advice in public decision making and the forms of public participation in scientific activities.





Organizing committee: Martine Foisy et Daniel Letendre (CIRST), Guillaume Dandurand (University of Sherbrooke), Florence Lussier-Lejeune (UQAM)

Scientific committee: François Claveau (University of Sherbrooke), Guillaume Dandurand (University of Sherbrooke), Yves Gingras (UQAM), Vincent Larivière (University of Montreal), Mathieu Marion (UQAM), Marie-Jean Meurs (UQAM), Florence Millerand (UQAM), Éric Montpetit (University of Montreal)


August 26-28 2020

1205 Saint-Denis St
Montreal, Québec
Canada, H2L 4Y2

December 1, 2019 00:00 EST to January 24, 2020 23:45 EST
December 1, 2019 00:00 EST to January 24, 2020 23:45 EST
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