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    Participating in innovation,

    innovating in participation

    A conference organized by the Interdisciplinary Institute on Innovation

    (i3: http://www.i-3.fr/)


    Mines ParisTech, Paris, 3-4 December 2015 

  • Call for Proposals

    Conference theme

    The call for new forms of participation has become common in the public sphere, promising renewed forms of public engagement, more efficient industrial processes, and more democratic decision-making processes. Technological innovation is a particular case when considering current discourses of participation. It is both problematised as needing more developed or open forms of participation, and proposed as a mean for experimenting with original participatory formats, for example, in: crowdfunding, citizen science, amateur reviewing/rating, online communities for public debates, consumer participation in (participatory) product design.

    • How should the call for new forms of participation in technological innovation be understood, in terms of both public policy and the private sector?
    • How are social and economic organisations thereby shaped?
    • What does this mean for new processes of innovation?

    The second i3 conference “Participating in innovation, innovating in participation” aims to launch and deepen interdisciplinary discussion on the forms and effects of modes of participation in technological innovation. The principal issues that the conference will address are as follows:

    1. Practices and sociotechnical devices

    Sociotechnical devices are crucial resources for supporting involvement and participation as interactional accomplishments. These devices comprise participatory instruments such as public dialogue mechanisms, web platforms through which users interact with the content they are interested in, or user-oriented experiments undertaken by private companies.

    • On what bases can these sociotechnical devices be analysed?
    • What kinds of infrastructures do they rely on?
    • How do these infrastructures become stabilised?

    Sociotechnical devices are inscribed in networks of professionals as well as in institutional landscapes: how can the ecologies they are embedded in, and partly shape, be accounted for? For example, how can one analyse the situations where devices of participation are economic entities circulating in markets, or emerge as topics of public or private expertise?

    Analysis of sociotechnical devices can focus on the micro-processes whereby participants make sense of their engagement, possibly in relation with other multiple activities.

    • How can we provide a fine-grained description of the activities whereby individuals are made participants, and act as such?

    2. Economic value of contributions

    The outcomes of participatory initiatives may create economic value. For example, the contributions of users on travel, art or food-related websites have economic value for the companies being commented upon, as well as for the web-platform that gathers the users’ opinions.


    Case studies of ways for creating value from the voluntary or involuntary contributions of users, including in the forms of digital marks they leave, are especially encouraged.

    • What economic or business models sustain these initiatives?
    • How do these models shape particular modes of user participation?

     Analysis of examples could aim at understanding the political and economic dimensions of contemporary practices such as digital labour, crowdfunding, the use of lay expertise or citizen science by private companies or public bodies.

    3. Participation as social ordering

    Participation can be analysed as a social ordering process, since it allocates roles and responsibilities, makes it possible for some to have their voices heard but not others, and stabilises particular public problems at the expense of others.

    • How can the inequalities shaped by participatory mechanisms in technological innovation be accounted for?
    • How can we characterise, at micro or macro levels, the hierarchical constructs that participation results in?

    These questions may be examined through the analysis of governance practices within emerging communities of practice, and also through the description of the gradual stabilisation of dominant forms of participation.

  • Program



    All sessions will take place at the conference meeting place: Mines ParisTech, 60 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, France, Rooms V115-V116 and V119 (Maurice Allais Rooms)


    Thursday 3rd of December 2015


    09:00: Welcome/coffee


    9h30-10h30: Introduction and Keynote:

    Prof. Trevor Pinch, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University

    Produced Users: A Case Study of Amazon.com Product Reviewers


    10:30 – 10:45: Coffee


    10:45 – 12:30: Sessions 1 and 2




    [1] Spaces of participation-innovation, V119

    • Oyo Adegboyega, National U. of Ireland, Enabling greater transparency and open data innovation through the Route-To-PA Platform – Eliciting scenarios and user stories through collective intelligence approach.






    [2] New forms of governance/ open government, V115

    • S. Könninger, Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaften, “Non-invasive prenatal testing and the challenges for public participation and public reflexivity”

    CHAIR: JASON CHILVERS, U. of East Anglia



    12:30 - 14:00: Lunch


    14:00 – 15:30: Sessions 3 and 4



    [3] Participation in the big data era, V119

    • C. Dickel & Thiem, TU München, “Beyond (political) participation. The engineering of citizen crowds”.

    CHAIR: PIERRE-JEAN BENGHOZI, i3/Ecole Polytechnique





    [4] Conducting technical and industrial projects in participatory ways, V115

    • M.H. Jeauffroy, INRA, Scaling up users’ participation: design-use relations in transition towards the ecologization of agriculture

    CHAIR: FRANCOISE DETIENNE, i3/Télécom ParisTech

    15:30 - 16:00: Coffee


    16:00 – 17:30: Sessions 5 and 6



    [5] Transforming urban spaces through participation V119

    • M. Vidal Calvet, MapsMethods, “Emergent Urban Natures”
    • J. Da Cruz Paulos, ETH Zürich, “Inquiring the attachments of urban citizenship: issues, inscriptions and the displacement of politics”

    CHAIR: NATHALIE RAULET-CROSET, i3/Ecole Polytechnique





    [6] Collaborative economy, V115

    CHAIR: MICHAEL BAKER, i3/Télécom ParisTech



    18:00: Cocktail



    Friday 4th of December 2015


    09:00 – 10:00: Welcome and keynote:

    Prof. Pierre-Jean Benghozi, Professor at Ecole polytechnique, Commissioner at Arcep

    R&D in the creative industries: the hidden... or forgotten innovation


    10:00 – 10:15: Coffee


    10:15 – 11:45: Sessions 7 and 8




    [7] Citizen science/citizen technology, V119

    • R. Srinivas, “Participation and Innovation – The Changing Contexts and Contours – Participatory Plant Breeding: A Case Study”






    [8] Innovative devices-(Part 1) , V115

    CHAIR: EVA BOXENBAUM, i3/Mines ParisTech



    12:00 – 13:00: Roundtable discussion

    About Remaking Participation: Science, the Environment and Emergent Publics, co-edited by Jason Chilvers (U. of East Anglia) and Matthew Kearnes (U. of New South Wales)

    CHAIRs: Jérôme Denis (i3/Télécom ParisTech), Vololona Rabeharisoa (i3/Mines ParisTech), Sezin Topçu (CEMS, EHESS)


    13:00 – 14:00: Lunch


    14:00 – 15:30: Sessions 9 and 10



    [9] How participation transforms collective organisations, V119

    CHAIR: DOMINIQUE PASQUIER i3/Telecom ParisTech





    [10] Innovative devices-(part 2) , V115

    • A. Cardona, INRA, “Participatory design process of farming systems experiments: an interdisciplinary analysis”.

    CHAIR: CHRISTIAN LICOPPE i3/Telecom ParisTech



    16:00 – 17:30: Sessions 11 and 12



    [11] Manufacturing innovating and participating citizens; V119

    • L. Soneryd, U. of Gothenburg, & B. Szerszynski, Lancaster University, “Topologies of the Public: Science, Engagement and Political Subjectivity”.

    CHAIR: VALERIE BEAUDOUIN, i3/Telecom ParisTech




    [12] Technology policy, V115

    • S. Tillement and S. Guyard, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Participating to electronuclear scenario’s development: a process supporting decision or the construction of a new social world?

    CHAIR: BRICE LAURENT, i3/Mines ParisTech



    17:30 – 18:00: Concluding discussion

  • Registration

  • Organizing and Scientific Committee



    Brice Laurent (Mines ParisTech)

    Michael Baker (Télécom ParisTech)

    Valérie Beaudouin (Télécom ParisTech)

    Nathalie Raulet-Croset (Ecole Polytechnique/ IAE U. Paris I)

    Scientific Committee

    Romain Badouard (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

    Flore Barcellini (CNAM)

    Jean-Samuel Beuscart (Orange)

    Anni Borzeix (Ecole Polytechnique)

    Pierre-Jean Benghozi (Ecole Polytechnique)

    Eva Boxenbaum (Mines ParisTech)

    Dominique Cardon (Orange)

    Jason Chilvers (U. of East Anglia)

    Françoise Détienne (Télécom ParisTech)

    Christian Licoppe (Telecom ParisTech)

    Dominique Pasquier (Telecom ParisTech)

    Cécile Méadel (Mines ParisTech)

    Sezin Topçu (EHESS)

    Jan-Peter Voß (T.U. Berlin).