By: Ana Viseu
From: York University and ISCTE-IUL
At: Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar, Anfiteatro
Contemporary science policy emphasizes the need for integration between the soft and hard sciences as a means to engage the public and thus produce responsible science. This is particularly true of current efforts in nanotechnology research and development , an effort that has entailed the integration of social scientists in nano-facilities. But has this integration has worked in practice? Drawing on ethnographic data during my three years as an â€˜in-house social scientistâ€™ at a U.S. nanofabrication center, I argue that this policy model is not working. My paper will examine how the â€˜socialâ€™ is incorporated into a lab, namely on the ways in which the â€˜publicâ€™ comes to stand-in for the â€˜socialâ€™, and the ways in which this affects expectations regarding the role of the social sciences.