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Background

With Journées internationales de la culture scientifique – Science and You, ACFAS intends to establish an incubator for best practices and innovative approaches. This year’s event will therefore focus on digital technologies to promote and share knowledge.

Digital technologies provide countless creative, innovative and fun tools. However, as we deal with digital issues, it would be rather limited to focus only on the tools. The scope of change related to digital integration is so far-reaching that it is no longer merely a question of tools. Digital technologies have had an impact on the way organizations are governed, how we define the limit between our public, personal and professional lives (the limits are becoming less and less clear), how knowledge is transferred and shared, how information is turned into knowledge, to name just a few examples. The scientific culture has also been undergoing changes for the past 15 years because of this shift. 

For the 2017 edition, ACFAS therefore invites all participants to share, learn and discuss the following questions with stakeholders from various scientific disciplines: 

 

1 – Redefining the relationships between knowledge holders in the digital era:

Digital technology has broken down organizational barriers by disrupting hierarchal structures, thus providing new forms of access to information and creating new dissemination practices.  Knowledge holders are now confronted with different types of institutional governance, they must take into account other stakeholders (remote populations, professionals from diversified sectors, etc.), and must adapt to new types of skills. How do they face these challenges and issues? How do they take advantage of these new opportunities? How have we adapted and how do we collaborate differently with these changes? What role does the scientific culture play in the dissemination, promotion, and democratization of knowledge, and in the development of informed citizens and decision-makers? 
 

This part covert the following subjects:

  • Organizations: organizational changes, new funding practices, emerging occupations and skills;
  • Public and political spheres: interaction with institutions, journalists and public decision-makers;
  • New horizons: businesses, art world, digital science and tools.

2 – Emerging digital practices and tools that facilitate the transfer of knowledge:

The practice of science is no longer confined in scientific centres or academic institutions, but it is in direct contact with the public, and has become interactive, playful, lively, uninterrupted and virtual! It has also acquired new and different audiences. The public is no longer the passive recipient of knowledge: it has also become a critic and producer of knowledge.

What have digital technologies changed in the way we communicate scientific knowledge and interact with the public? How have they made science accessible to remote, vulnerable and youth populations? What are today’s innovative practices to share, and disseminate information, and to raise awareness? What tools and strategies do the stakeholders of science use to disseminate knowledge in the virtual sphere? 

This part covert the following subjects:

  • Mobile science for remote, vulnerable and youth populations;
  • Scientific centres and other institutions that are invested in the sharing of knowledge;
  • Content sharing platforms and co-construction of knowledge;
  • Emerging creative centres: FabLab, Living Lab;
  • Web sites, online magazines, blogs and social media.