International links

The project has fostered and developed links with a view to future exchange and co-operation with the following research projects:

1) 'Ideals and Practices of Rationality', Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany.

Current areas of research: (1) history of mathematical and scientific proof; (2) history of practices and ideals of scientific objectivity from the 17th century to the present, especially techniques of visualization (e.g. cartographic representations, statistical tables and photography); (3) the moral authority of nature in comparative cultural and historical perspective; (4) the history of observation in the natural and human sciences.'

2) 'Objectivity and Argumentation',  Silvana Borutti and Luca Fonnesu, Philosophy Department, University of Pavia, Italy.

Current areas of research: (1) an analysis of the notions of truth and objectivity, in view of bringing forward the differences between the meaning of knowledge which pertains to philosophy and that which is proper to experimental, logical/mathematical, and artistic inquiry; (2) a comparative analysis of specific forms of conceptual construction and argumentation proper to philosophy, namely the analytic, the transcendental, the interpretative, and the phenomenological models; (3) an analysis of the forms of argumentation and the modes of categorization/classification used in and by the human/social sciences. 

3) In a wider context, the project is also involved in developing future co-operation with GOPA (Group of Policy Advisers, European Commission, Brussels) and ITPS (The European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville). 

A pilot workshop on Risk, Uncertainty and Dissent:| Dealing With "Chancy" Science and "Chancy" Society|, took place in Seville on 25-26 June 2004.

A follow up workshop was organised on 11 December 2005 on Improving Policy Decisions in Areas of Risk and Scientific Uncertainty| (CPNSS, LSE)