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vendredi 6 janvier 2017, par admin.

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Environmental issues pose a fundamental question regarding the relationship between man and nature or, more broadly and more specifically, the relationship between man, matter and life. Any scientist working on environmental issues, and whatever his specialty is, will have one day to reflect on such issues because he deals with those indirectly in his work and in his own research. Everyone has more or less a response or at least can bring his own parcel of knowledge as a way of contributing to the answer. But the division of science divides knowledge in segments and makes it necessary to work on an integration and a recomposition of the different kinds of knowledge. The exigencies of action itself compel us to do so, but research also needs these high-level views which provide common reference points to a scientific community working on problems that may profit from knowledge acquired on similar problems in different disciplines. It is a broad interdisciplinary approach, including earth and life sciences, plus technical sciences, human sciences and social sciences, which is indispensable. We must therefore increase opportunities for exchanges and confrontations between disciplines (especially between natural sciences and social sciences), between view points, and social partners.

For this purpose, the association Natures Sciences Sociétés – Dialogues has been established in 1991 by three scientists (Marcel Jollivet, sociologist Gérard Mégie physicist, Jean-Marie Legay, biometrician). Open to researchers, teachers, practitioners, the association wishes to offer a place of meeting, dialogue and confrontation :

  • to build the needed interdisciplinarity, consequence of the many questions dealing with these relationships ;
  • to confront the views of practitioners and scientists ;
  • to lay the cultural groundwork so that man can get a new view of nature and himself.

In order to achieve the foregoing, it takes all possible initiative to develop such a dialogue ; it supports seminars, symposia, an interdisciplinary journal (Natures Sciences Sociétés) and a collection of books (« Indisciplines »).

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