Sciences Citoyennes (ASC)

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Citizen Science Foundation is a non-profit association created in 2002.

Citizen Science has set itself two challenges:

* The first is to unite critical scientific researchers and ‘non-scientists’ engaged in fights (social, medical, environmental, agricultural, climatic) where they come up against—or dispute—dominant techno-science and official expertise.

* The second is to bring together actors involved in sectors that are often compartmentalised (agriculture, energy, bio-medical, environmental health, NTIC, patents, etc.) to reflect on and transversally ‘politicise’ science and expertise).

The association’s action is organised as follows:

* Citizen Science Foundation develops analyses of conditions prevailing in the French and European research and innovation system, consequences of the growing influence of short-term market interests, new forms of knowledge and expertise arising in civil society, cooperation springing up between academic research and non-market based civil society, etc.

* Its analyses are anchored in various types of actions: militant activity with the organisation of campaigns aimed at a wide audience of citizens (annual ‘Sciences en bobines’ cinema-debate festival, seminars, summer universities, etc.); knowledge-production activity in the framework of research projects in partnership with NGOs and academic researchers (training in climate manipulation and bio-manipulation, leadership of the Boutiques des Sciences network, etc.); proposal-production aimed at public authorities (proposals for bills on Citizens Conventions, protection for whistle-blowers, means of including citizens and NGOs in steering research, etc.).

* Conscious of the fact that civil society and the scientific community are still only dimly aware of how democracy may be impacted by science and technology, the association is working to set up national and international networks to spark reflection on these issues on the part of NGOs, unions, scientists and citizens. It has organised, for example, Living Knowledge conferences, as well as the World Forum on Science and Democracy (WFSD) and the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER), which it continues to support. It also brings these issues to the forefront in networks that are less directly concerned (participation in the Climate 21 coalition and mobilisation around COP conferences, the Alter-EU network (support for regulations to guarantee transparent and ethical lobbying), Collective of Citizen Associations, etc.)

Objectives

The objective of the Citizen Science Foundation is to support and prolong the current move toward a civic and democratic reappropriation of science, to place it at the service of the common good.

The Citizen Science Foundation has, in particular, set itself the following objectives:

  • increase the capacity for research and expertise of civil society, associations, consumer groups, unions and citizens (constitution of a ‘third-party’ scientific sector that better meets increasing social and ecological needs that are often neglected by dominant scientific research, whether State-run or sponsored by the private industrial sector.)

  • stimulate freedom of expression and debate in the scientific world, support whistle-blowers and develop public controversies and ‘hybrid forums’ on challenges of a highly technical and scientific nature.

  • promote democratic decision-making when scientific and technical choices are made, and in particular public debate on policies related to research, technology and the organisation of expertise.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • training
  • networking of actors
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • media actions: pamphlet, opinion paper, campaign

Thematic areas

  • research and technological innovation