The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
The association known as ‘Sciences Critiques’ was created in 2013.
Its purpose is to invite citizens to (re)discover the sciences in a new way and grasp the very political issues they raise. Critical thinking needs to be cultivated and sharpened, along with the capacity to question what seems self-evident, to reflect and think ‘outside the box’. The association asks a fundamental question: what role does science and ‘what comes out of the laboratory’ play in our social and personal lives?
The association manages and edits the Sciences Critiques website (www.sciencescritiques.fr), which provides information and an opportunity to participate in critical reflection. It also organises public debates and works with researchers and other associations critical to the sciences.
The overall goal is to provide keys for understanding ‘the world of science’ and guidelines for understanding how this ‘world’ interacts with the rest of society.
The Sciences Critiques team encourages crossbreeding between slow journalism (to rekindle public trust in the profession) and the critical analyses of science, to determine the latter’s role and missions in our societies (a sort of ‘Médiapart’ dedicated to the sciences).
The association’s objective is to:
– bring thinkers, journalists and citizens together around a website with editorial content devoted entirely to decoding contemporary scientific controversies and, more generally, to understanding ‘the world of science’.
– be a ‘meta-media’ whose goal is not to compete with other media but to offer people who are passionate about science--or are simply curious--keys and guidelines to understanding through the production of original content and reference information (open forums, surveys, dossiers, in-depth interviews, etc.).
– support citizen awareness and critical thinking with regard to sciences and techniques and the controversies they generate.