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Thematic programmes

The Paris IAS aims to attract the most promising and distinguished researchers in the fields of the human and social sciences. Most of the researchers who come to the IAS every year, carry out the project of their choice in a so-called “blue-sky program”, i.e., a non-thematic, bottom-up research program. The Institute’s also develops thematic programs.

“Brain, culture and society” program

The interface between Neuroscience and Humanities and Social sciences

This thematic program on neuroscience aims to develop a new scientific approach, founded on a combination of different theories and methods, those of cognitive neuroscience and those of humanities and social sciences. The goal is to create a permanent space for interdisciplinary dialogue, and to initiate workshops and symposia that lead to original collaborations around new projects.

The IAS is by definition a meeting place of different research cultures that interact during regular seminars, but also informally in the daily life of the Institute. By hosting in residence (from a few weeks to a full academic year) researchers in neuroscience in a program mainly involving HSS specialists, the Institute makes exchange possible and allows each participant to discover the work and ways of thinking of others.

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The META Program

A new reflection on the ends and impact of HSS research

To pursue and deepen its mission to generate groundbreaking new knowledge and bring about paradigm shifts, the Paris IAS is developing a specific program adopting a meta-analytical and epistemological viewpoint on the conditions necessary for research in the Social and human sciences to have a real impact on society. One important goal is to provide scientific knowledge more directly relevant to socio-economic actors (government, industry, NGOs or the general public). It also aims to devise innovative ways of conducting research and disseminating its results, in particular in collaboration with the humanities and the arts.

Work on the new transdisciplinary and intersectoral forms of knowledge production will be based on concrete case studies defined jointly with extra-academic actors. The analysis of the case studies will bring results that will be useful for the actors concerned, but also generate new knowledge for the scientific world and for students. The themes under scrutiny will belong to the general category of societal challenges.

In order to gather the necessary expertise in Paris and to ensure responsiveness, the program will be built on short term, targeted invitations of the best international specialists, who will work on programs co-defined with administrations and socio-economic actors, as well as with the more traditional scientific partners of the Institute (universities, research centers, etc.).

The first project developed in the META program is the Chair on Resilience and Territorial innovation, in collaboration with the Délégation Générale à la Transition Écologique et à la Résilience of the City of Paris and the Engineering school of the City Paris. Its goal is to formalize and analyze the management and evaluation of territorial resilience policies, in order to capitalize on good practices and produce guidelines for action.

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