MIRRORS – Monitoring Ideas Regarding Research Organizations and Reasons in Science – English version

EU Programme
7th Research Framework Programme (FP7)

01/01/2008 – 31/12/2009


Dipartimento di Processi formativi dell’Università di Catania
Palazzo Ingrassia, via Biblioteca 4, 95124 Catania (Italia)
Phone: 095 2508063
Web site: http://www.fmag.unict.it
Contact: Prof. Francesco Coniglione
E-mail: f.coniglione@unict.it


The Department of “Processi Formativi”, Univ. of Catania, is the only beneficiary of Mirrors. For Research purposes, we will cooperate also with international scholars from foreign universities, such as S. Charles (Univ. of Sherbrook, Canada), P. Hoyningen-Heune (Univ. of Hannover, Germany), A. Klawiter (A. Mickiewicz Univ., Poznan, Poland), E. Montuschi (LSE, UK), T. Nickles (Univ. of Nevada), S. Tagliagambe (Univ. of Sassari), G. Wolters (Univ. of Konstanz, Germany).


The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the democratization of decision-making processes in science and technology policy in the EU by studying the condition necessary for this democratization.

The overall rationale of the project is that European democratic societies must find a balance between expertocracy and the irrationality of public beliefs. Aware of a technocratic shift affecting the relationship between science and society we argue for a policy approach aiming to balancing it.

The challenge of the project is to mobilize scholarship in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science (HPSS) to study the field of Science and Technology in Society (STS) in order to analyze systematically pragmatic and practical policy for the construction of a democratically balanced European knowledge-based society.

This is a relatively new attempt, especially if we consider the challenge as a joint effort of the disciplines compounding HPSS in analyzing critically the topic addressed by the call, namely revisiting the challenges of the interaction between science and politics in the European knowledge-based society.

278.000 EUR