Politique scientifique

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

The Digitalisation of Science, Technology and Innovation

The Digitalisation of Science, Technology and Innovation: Key Developments and Policies

L’ensemble des techniques numériques, en particulier l’intelligence artificielle, ont un impact important et croissant sur tous les secteurs de la recherche, l’innovation dans les entreprises et la diffusion des connaissances. Ce rapport de l’OCDE leur est consacré. Ses deux premiers chapitres (il en compte sept) présentent un bilan des développements récents des techniques et de leur rôle, notamment dans la recherche, la technologie et l’innovation, ainsi que des politiques mises en œuvre. Les auteurs considèrent ...

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Institutions - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Mémoires

Mémoires

Tome I (1939-1980,De l’enfant curieux au chercheur confirmé), 290 p. (https://www.thebookedition.com/fr/memoires-tome-1-p-363177.html) Tome II (1981-2017, Recherche et technologie. Itinérances), 352 p. (https://www.thebookedition.com/fr/memoires-tome-ii-p-364264.html)Les autobiographies de personnalités politiques encombrent les tables des librairies, et les livres de souvenirs de diplomates ne manquent pas. Mais peu de personnes ayant exercé des responsabilités importantes en matière de politique, d’administration et de gestion de la recherche ont pris la peine ...

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Note de veille

Institutions - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Une loterie pour le financement des projets de recherche ?

Le financement des projets de recherche est une préoccupation permanente pour les chercheurs, et un véritable casse-tête pour les agences nationales de recherche qui doivent opérer une sélection sévère des projets qu’ils peuvent financer avec leur budget. En France, les laboratoires de recherche publics (universités et organismes de recherche) reçoivent une dotation financière annuelle de base censée couvrir leur fonctionnement, souvent difficilement ; celle-ci doit être complétée par des financements sur projets qui leur permettent de s’équiper, d’accueillir ...

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Analyse prospective

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Recherche, sciences, techniques

L’intelligence artificielle en Chine : vers la supériorité technologique ?

L’intelligence artificielle (IA) bénéficie depuis quelques années maintenant d’un intérêt médiatique croissant et constitue également un chantier stratégique pour de nombreux pays industrialisés. Elle connaît en effet un essor considérable sous l’effet combiné de quatre facteurs : l’essor des communications permettant désormais, à l’échelle planétaire et à la vitesse de la lumière, de transporter toutes les formes d’expression ; la puissance de calcul (qui se mesure en millions de milliards d’opérations par seconde) ; l’explosion ...

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Analyse prospective

Recherche, sciences, techniques - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement - Santé

État des lieux et perspectives des avancées relatives à l’édition du génome

Le potentiel des technologies visant à modifier le génome suscite autant d’espoirs que de craintes. Appliquées aux organismes végétaux ou animaux, ces technologies permettent de mettre au point des variétés toujours plus résistantes aux menaces extérieures, ainsi qu’aux exigences des systèmes de production et des consommateurs. Appliquées aux embryons humains, elles pourraient réduire la prévalence de certaines maladies génétiques. Dans cette analyse prospective, Agnès Ricroch présente le fonctionnement et le potentiel de ces différentes techniques. Elle rappelle que ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

Science, technologie et innovation : perspectives de l’OCDE 2018

Science, technologie et innovation : perspectives de l’OCDE 2018

Le monde fait face à des bouleversements environnementaux, sociétaux, technologiques et économiques qui représentent des défis pour tous les gouvernements. La rapidité de ces mutations rend la réflexion encore plus difficile. Les nouvelles technologies peuvent permettre de répondre à ces défis. C’est pourquoi l’élaboration des politiques de la science, de la technologie et de l’innovation (STI) est un processus crucial. Ce rapport de l’OCDE examine les politiques de STI, les processus de recherche et d’innovation ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Territoires, réseaux

Oublier la Terre ? La conquête spatiale 2.0

Oublier la Terre ? La conquête spatiale 2.0

Après l’épopée de la course à la Lune, dans les années 1960, les agences spatiales ont eu l’impression d’être oubliées par leurs gouvernements. Quoique les budgets spatiaux soient en réalité restés considérables, aucun « programme qui fait rêver » n’a plus été adopté depuis 40 ans. En février 2010, le président Obama a même annoncé l’annulation du programme Constellation (décidé en 2004 par George W. Bush) qui prévoyait l’envoi d’astronautes sur la Lune pour des ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Présidentielle aux États-Unis : des programmes très divergents

Les candidats à l’élection présidentielle du 8 novembre 2016 aux États-Unis, Hillary Clinton et Donald Trump, proposent deux visions contrastées de l’Amérique et du monde à leurs futurs électeurs. Les questions de politique intérieure (en particulier le chômage, la fiscalité, l’immigration) et étrangère (y compris le commerce extérieur) sont fréquemment évoquées par les deux candidats, souvent en termes généraux et avec des formules à l’emporte-pièce par Donald Trump. Les programmes des deux grands partis (des documents ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

La Recherche et l’innovation en France

Ce livre est le neuvième de la série annuelle d’ouvrages que publie FutuRIS qui poursuit, au fil des ans, un travail collectif d’analyse et de réflexion sur le système français de recherche et d’innovation (SFRI) et ses réformes. Dans le premier chapitre, Jacques Lesourne et Denis Randet dressent un constat de la situation du SFRI dans une France en crise : les dépenses publiques de recherche ont stagné en 2012 et 2013, tandis que celles des entreprises — qui ...

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Futurs d'antan

Entreprises, travail - Institutions - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Science and the Rebirth of Europe: The View of André Danzin in 1979 (Future of Yesteryear)

We have on many occasions sounded the alarm in Futuribles regarding the situation of France and Europe, where economies have been under par for more than 30 years now and unable to sustain the pace of innovation appropriate for developed countries in the context of the early 21st century. We have, admittedly, seen attempts to re-stimulate these economies, no doubt the most emblematic of these in the recent period being the “Lisbon Strategy”, launched in March 2000, whose main objective was to make the European Union “the most competitive, most dynamic knowledge economy in the world” by 2010. But we are now in mid-2011 and the least that can be said is that the objective is some way from being fulfilled. And, re-reading the diagnosis and recommendations of André Danzin in 1979 (Science et renaissance de l’Europe. Paris: Chotard et associés, 1979), there is reason for concern about the Old Continent’s capacity to face up to the scientific and technical challenges of the present and – most importantly – of the future.

Pierre Bonnaure has re-read the book André Danzin wrote in 1979 following a request from the European Commission that he formulate suggestions for using science and technology to re-stimulate Europe. After recalling the context of the late 1970s, Pierre Bonnaure shows here how Danzin’s findings are still topical (Europe falling behind in global competition and failing to innovate). He takes up again the various recommendations formulated at the time which, in many people’s view, still have currency (focussing on high-value-added activities, playing the card of the energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly sectors, investing in information technology and the eco-life sciences). And though some of these – particularly in the area of research organization in Europe – have been implemented in the three decades since Danzin’s work appeared, we must admit that Europeans are still awaiting the “rebirth of Europe” and, if things are left too long, it will no longer be possible to draw on these recommendations to contribute to it.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

Research, Innovation and National Strategy. When Priorities get in the way of the Strategic Goal. A Proposal for Advance.

Between September 2008 and September 2009 an exercise was carried out in France, at the request of the Public Policy Modernization Committee, to define the strategic priorities of the French government in the area of research and innovation. On 2 December 2009, the Minister of Research reported to the Council of Ministers on the “national research and innovation strategy” that came out of that exercise.
Bernard David explains what method was adopted to develop that strategy and gives an account of the general report that came out of the exercise. Apart from a general introduction, the quality of which David stresses, the document highlights three priorities, though these are formulated in very general terms. The areas concerned are health, well-being, food and biotechnologies; the environmental emergency and eco-technologies; and information, communications and nanotechnologies.
Resituating this work in the French historical and organizational context (with particular regard to the distinction between the private sector, the public sector and the academic world), he demonstrates the originality of the exercise and points up the advantages of defining, as it does, five major objectives for research. However, stressing the need to make choices — and hence to define priorities more precisely — he proposes some courses of action that are interesting on two distinct counts. First, since we are speaking of the French public research effort, he stresses the need to distinguish between two questions: on the one hand, the question of the positioning (valorization) of French research at the national and international levels; on the other, the question of what France’s contribution can be to the research effort that is required to meet the great challenges of the future. Second — and even more concretely — he proposes a method of decision-making support that would help in providing precise estimates of the “social productivity” of the various investments envisaged in terms of the five general objectives laid down in the report.
In this way, the article outlines a mechanism, which, though admittedly capable of further development, is nonetheless of interest, for moving from broad orientations to genuine strategic decisions within a context of severe constraints — particularly budgetary limitations.

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Involving Society in Research Policies: Agora 2020

Completing the dossier that begins with Alain Bergeron's article, in this issue, on the Quebec-based STS (Science, Technology, Society) Perspectives project on scientific and technological foresight in its relation to the demands of society, Sébastien Maujean and Jacques Theys give an account here of the "Agora 2020" exercise launched in France in 2004, the aim of which is to link future public research strategies with the expectations of society in the broadest sense.
In a world where research, scientific knowledge and technological change are of such importance, it is essential to develop public policies that are in phase, in these fields, with the expectations of society and with general future developmental trends. Agora 2020, which aims to stimulate a constructive dialogue between researchers, social actors and public research policy officials, is a vast foresight consultation exercise (with more than 700 people consulted between 2004 and 2007). It has thrown up a large number of - sometimes novel - questions and concrete orientations for future scientific policies in the period to 2020/30 that are destined to feed into research strategies in fields such as urbanism, transport, housing, territorial administration, the vulnerability of systems etc.
This article explains the originality of this exercise, its methodological specificity and the worldviews expressed by the actors consulted (including the general public), together with the common core of attitudes that emerges and the research strategies that may be derived from it, alongside the implications of these for French research etc.

Futuribles

Société, modes de vie

Bibliographie prospective n°59

La Bibliographie prospective du mois d’avril 2008 consacre son Focus à un ambitieux rapport de prospective publique menée dans les champs du transport , du logement, de la construction, de la ville, de l’aménagement du territoire, des risques et de la connaissance des milieux : Agora 2020. Vivre, habiter, se déplacer en 2020 : quelles priorités de recherche ? L’ouvrage de Pascal Bain, Sébastien Maujéan et Jacques Theys vient clore une démarche commencée en 2003 au sein de la Direction de ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

L’Espagne : quelles stratégies pour le XXIe siècle ?

Dans le cadre de ses travaux de prospective stratégique, la Délégation aux affaires stratégiques du ministère français de la Défense lance une collection « Stratégie et prospective » en partenariat avec la société Unicomm. Cette collection vise à diffuser les meilleurs travaux réalisés par ses experts sur les défis du monde contemporain en matière de sécurité et de défense. Le premier ouvrage de cette collection porte sur les ressorts de la stratégie industrielle et technologique de l'Espagne et l'influence que ...

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Le Rôle des think-tanks dans la définition de la politique scientifique et technologique aux États-Unis

Alors que les think-tanks ont fait l'objet d'un certain nombre d'études ces dernières années, peu d'attention a été accordée jusqu'ici au rôle majeur que ces organisations jouent dans la définition de la politique scientifique et technologique américaine. La présente étude se propose de déterminer les caractéristiques, le rôle et les canaux d'influence de ces organisations dans le domaine des sciences et de la technologie. Si certains think-tanks se consacrent clairement aux questions scientifiques et ...

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Territoires, réseaux

Agora 2020. Vivre, habiter, se déplacer en 2020 : quelles priorités de recherche ?

« Agora 2020 » est une des démarches récentes de prospective publique les plus ambitieuses d'Europe. Lancée fin 2003 par la Direction de la recherche et de l'animation scientifique et technique de ce qui n'était pas encore le ministère de l'Écologie, du Développement et de l'Aménagement durables, l'opération s'est achevée en 2007, par la publication de cet ouvrage très complet. Il s'agit d'une consultation prospective à l'horizon 2020 sur la recherche dans ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

Science Policy and Freedom to Conduct Research

As scientific progress becomes ever more rapid, it is essential for those engaged in research to take the time to look critically at the activity itself, its purposes and its potential consequences. However, as Pierre Boistard argues, researchers have less and less time to devote to such issues or perhaps lack the right tools for the job. For this reason, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) set up a working group in 1994 on "Sciences in questions", one of whose main aims was to help clarify the current debates about science and research in an accessible and attractive form.
The lectures arranged by the working group were originally intended only for researchers working for INRA, but they were later published as a series under the same title. The success of this series confirmed the need for such reflections on the relationships between researchers, science and society. Pierre Boistard presents here the origins, working methods and aims of the working group, as well as the main debates that it has organized. Lastly, he discusses the value of such reflections for scientific foresight studies.

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Misère de la recherche en France

Jean-Jacques Salomon energetically castigates the contempt for scientific research in France; he criticizes the lack of resources and the dangers that this will incur in the medium and long term. But he goes further and proposes a proper plan to give a new impetus to research, development and innovation, emphasizing that it is not enough to allocate more money - the whole structure of research needs fundamental reform, as indeed does the French model of education.
Those in government care little for research, he argues, even though it has become ever more important in planning for the future.
First, research needs a genuine injection of money, and Jean-Jacques Salomon proposes ways in which the necessary funding could be achieved. But it is also essential to tackle the institutional and structural problems that beset a system that is in large part badly designed for today's needs.
The author distinguishes two complementary types of research (i.e. basic and applied), and shows that it is essential to overhaul the organization and the manner of funding and managing research. He argues forcefully in favour of a "national science foundation" and, incidentally, for a closer integration of research and the universities.
In this vein, he would like to see a thorough transformation of the French education system, with a clearer separation of vocational training - which needs to be upgraded - from higher education and research, which should be encouraged... Scattered through his text are recommendations that are particularly welcome in this long troubled period for the French system of research and innovation, and he starts a debate that will be continued in future issues of Futuribles.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

La fonction de conseil en science et technologie. Le cas du Québec

Following their experience as members of the CST (Council for Science and Technology) in Quebec, Alain Bergeron and Hélène Tremblay present here an interesting example of an advisory body being integrated into the process of public decision-making in science and technology. After recounting the origins of the CST and outlining its aims and approach, the authors describe how this truly independent advisory body makes a contribution to all kinds of current debates in science and technology. They stress in particular the qualities that have led successive governments to rely on its advice: the diversity of its membership and their independence (they are appointed in an individual capacity), the use of outside expertise and the support of an extremely competent permanent secretariat.
The authors show how the CST has been able to influence and improve science policy in Quebec. They give an account of the Council's current concerns, one key issue being the relationship between science and society.

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Heurs et malheurs de la recherche

Pierre Bonnaure criticizes the gap between what European leaders say about research and their policies in practice. He stresses that, while they claim to be committed to raising investment in research to 3 % of GDP by 2010, and to making the European Union "the most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world", in reality they prove to be incapable of finding the funds necessary to do this, or of devising a proper strategy.
Bonnaure is scathing about this contradiction and shows that, despite the declared objectives, the member nations of the EU (with the notable exception of the Scandinavian countries), a fortiori the EU itself, are unable to make up the shortfall. He seeks explanations for this failure, recounting the ups and downs of French research and of EU programmes, in particular the Framework Programme for Research and Development.
In addition to the inadequacy of public funding and the problems that this can cause, Pierre Bonnaure strongly criticizes the lack of clearly defined priorities (or the choice of the wrong priorities). He argues that these failures have often become quite obvious but no policy has been devised that really deals with them. Finally, he emphasizes the urgent need for investment in R&D to be stepped up (and, at the same time, for the current arrangements to be overhauled) and he stresses the importance of focusing on those fields where Europe has special strengths.

Editorial

Recherche, sciences, techniques

Science sans conscience…

Fort anciennes sont les questions posées par le progrès de la science et des techniques qui faisaient déjà dire à Rabelais que " science sans conscience n'est que ruine de l'âme ". Questions qui, depuis des siècles, ont hanté nombre de philosophes s'inquiétant de la puissance toujours plus grande dont nous disposons sans que notre sagesse augmente en proportion. Sans, a fortiori, que les scientifiques eux-mêmes, hormis quelques rares exceptions, tout occupés à produire de nouvelles connaissances et techniques ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

« Science et gouvernement »

L'Institut de prospective technologique (IPTS) nous propose un numéro spécialement consacré aux interactions entre science et gouvernement, au travers d'articles rédigés par des acteurs appartenant tant au milieu scientifique qu'au secteur industriel ou au lobbying. Outre les aspects théoriques des relations science-gouvernement (« gouverner la recherche », « l'engagement des parties » concernées, « améliorer le dialogue » entre ces deux sphères, « contributions scientifiques et frontières nationales »...), on trouvera dans ce numéro plusieurs études de cas : l'approche canadienne de l'utilisation ...

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Entreprises, travail - Géopolitique - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Les politiques d’innovation

Policies for Innovation
We have long believed that if scientific progress procedes technological progress, the former must be the engine of economic growth and development.
Pierre Bonnaure repudiates this belief. He recalls that innovation, especially the performance of organizations, depends not only on their scientific and technological capacities but even more on human and organizational skills-the synergy of human, technical and organizational factors acting together.
He illustrates his thesis by citing the spectacular recovery of American industry and of certain European enterprises. From them he extracts some useful lessons for promoting innovation in Europe.

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Entreprises, travail - Géopolitique - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Le poids de l’Europe dans le système français de recherche

Le projet de Ve Programme-cadre de recherche et de développement de l'Union européenne pour la période 1998-2002, adopté en avril par la Commission européenne (voir futuribles n° 220, mai 1997), sera soumis à l'approbation du Conseil et du Parlement européen au premier semestre 1998. Se posera alors la question du budget affecté à ce programme et de son utilité. Regina Gusmão, tout en soulignant les difficultés d'une telle évaluation, montre que si la part des financements communautaires ...

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

La politique américaine de Science et Technologie

American Science and Technology Policy
Ugur Muldur's article reports on the evolution of American science and technology policy from the beginning of the nineteen eighties until today (from Reagan to Clinton) and of the medium and long term directions which are emerging. He bases his study both on the reality and the rhetoric, in particular the priorities stated by the White House, by showing how great the delay can be moving from words to deeds - when moreover they are not contradictory.
Thus dealing at first with the extent of the public R&D effort, the author shows how much under the theoritically liberal presidency of Reagan federal expenditures on R&D grew mainly to the benefit of the military-industrial complex. Then how much Presidents Bush and Clinton, despite one belonging to the Republican party and the other to the Democratic party, each strained to reduce the same federal expenditures while redirecting them towards more economic and social purposes.
U. Muldur, focusing on in the content of R&D policy, distinguishes three stages in the evolution of the aims of public policy, the first dominated by defence/ science, the second by the couple industry /technology, the third by the marriage society/innovation. He thus seeks to account for the evolution of the priorities assigned to R&D by the successive presidents of the United States an to underline how much Clinton himself attached to research with a social purpose as well as to research supporting American leadership in high technology.
The author makes clear that going from words to deeds requires a period of adaptation so that American R&D policy is only at the second stage. Nonetheless an evolution is emerging which in the medium and long term could be marked by important changes whose directions he describes.