03 December 2013

Chair and prize Charles & Monique Morazé

The first laureate of the prize Charles and Monique Morazé is the journal Science, Technology and Society, launched in New Delhi in 1996 with the support of FMSH by an Indo-French team led by Professor V.V. Krishna, from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Dr. Roland Waast, from the French Institute for Research on Development, as the first truly international journal in its field devoted to the developing world and published—by Sage— in the region. Roland Waast has edited, amongst other publications, a seven volume series on Sciences outside the Western world in the XXth century. Professor Krishna is Professor in Science Policy,  Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Editor-in-Chief of Science, Technology and Society.

The first Charles and Monique Morazé Prize will be received by Professor Krishna and Professor Waast on 3 December 2013, at the Maison de la Chimie, 28 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 75007, in a year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the Foundation MSH.

About Science, Technology and Society

Science, Technology and Society (STS) is an international journal devoted to the study of science and technology in social context. It focuses on the way in which advances in science and technology influence society and vice versa. It is a peer reviewed journal that takes an interdisciplinary perspective, encouraging analyses whose approaches are drawn from a variety of disciplines such as history, sociology, philosophy, economics, political science and international relations, science policy involving innovation, foresight studies involving science and technology, technology management, environmental studies, energy studies and gender studies.

The journal consciously endeavors to combine scholarly perspectives relevant to academic research and policy issues relating to development. Besides research articles, the journal encourages research-based country reports, commentaries and book reviews to be published from time to time.

Origin of STS journal goes back to a meeting of STS scholars from developed and developing world at a UNESCO, Paris, sponsored international conference on Science and Empires – A comparative history of scientific exchanges during April 1990. STS scholars from Asia, Latin America, Africa, Pacific and Australia, Europe and North America in an informal meeting, after the UNESCO conference, discussed about an outlet and a network of STS studies in the developing world. An informal network of more than dozen scholars initiated by IRD, Paris (then known as ORSTOM) and supported by FMSH, Paris in France and CSIR in India, came into operation and devoted the next five years to systematically explore the emergence of scientific communities in the developing world and study problems underlying science and development. This effort culminated with the organization of a new Conference dealing with Science Beyond the Metropolis (history, and present state and challenges of modern science in the developing world). The event took place at UNESCO and was sponsored by ORSTOM (which celebrated its 50th Anniversary). nAfter publishing a number of research papers and books, the idea of sustaining the network and an outlet for its research findings came into sharp focus in 1994-95.

As there was no scholarly peer reviewed journal in English on this subject and theme published anywhere in the region, it was decided to launch a journal on STS from one of the regions of the developing world. New Delhi, India became an obvious choice as science policy and STS studies was growing and institutionalized. More over, Sage was operating with an office in New Delhi, which was widely networked with Europe and North America through its offices in London and Thousand Oaks, USA.

STS began truly as an Indo-French initiative in social sciences through the cooperation and support given by FMSH, Paris, for its publication via Sage New Delhi in its formative years.

It was launched in 1996 by the Society for the Promotion of Science and Technology Studies, New Delhi and published by Sage, New Delhi. It started as a bi-annual journal and was devoted to the developing world until 2010. Given the demand and professional acceptance from STS scholars around the world, from 2011 the scope of the journal was extended beyond the developing world. It was re-christened from Science, Technology and Society – Journal Devoted to the Developing World to Science, Technology and Society – An International Journal. Given the broader scope and coverage, the frequency of the journal was changed to three times a year in March, July and November. STS is a ranked journal and covered by all leading international data bases and reviewed by a leading science journal:

"…Despite its high standard of scholarship, the journal is designed to be accessible to a broad range of scientists working in R&D fields. It should be on the essential reading lists of all scientists with an interest in developing countries". – Nature

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Website of STS journal: http://sts.sagepub.com/

Venni V. Krishna

Venni V. KRISHNA is Professor in Science Policy at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and Editor-in-Chief of Science, Technology and Society – An International Journal published by Sage Publications. He has a PhD in Sociology of Science from the University of Wollongong, Australia. With over 28 years of research and teaching experience he has published over 30 research papers and five books.

His publications include: Science, Technology and Diffusion of Knowledge: Innovation Systems in Asia-Pacific (Edward Elgar, UK 2007); Scientific Communities in the Developing Countries (Sage Publications, New Delhi 1997); Science and Technology in a Developing World (Kluwer Academic Press, The Netherlands).

He was a consultant to UNESCO, Paris, for the World Science Report 1998; UNESCO Science Report 2005; World Social Science Report – Knowledge Divides, 2010; and to the ILO in 2001. He was a Council Member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), USA. Since 2005-06, he is the correspondent for European Union network programs (ERAWATCH and Trend Chart Analysis) on innovation policies and research policies for India. Dr. Krishna held several visiting positions at FMSH in 1994-96; National University of Singapore in 2008-10; University of New South Wales in 2009-12; and University of Western Sydney in 2004-05. Currently he is holding a Visiting Professorship at the Institute of Advanced Study, United Nations University, Yokohama, Japan.

Roland Waast

Roland WAAST holds an engineering diploma from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) [where he was a student of Charles Morazé] and a Doctorate in sociology from La Sorbonne University. As a sociologist, he spent numerous years in developing countries. He was head of the department of Development Strategies at IRD (Institut de recherches pour le développement, France), and a member of the French High Council for Science and Technology.

His current interests are in science policy, scientific communities and the link between science and society (especially in the developing world). He has established a research team and an international network on these topics; he is also the founder, and co-editor of the international journal Science, Technology and Society. He has been selected to conduct several surveys for the European Commission or foreign governments.

Roland WAAST is the author of numerous papers issued in Tiers-Monde, Economie et Sociétés, Afrique Contemporaine, the Yearbook of the Sociology of the Sciences, Social Studies of Science, Scientometrics. Among other books he published Le Maroc scientifique (avec M. Kleiche), Scientific Communities in the Developing World (with V. V. Krishna), and he edited the 7 volumes of Science beyond the Metropolis (ORSTOM-UNESCO, 1996-99).


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