Research at ISiS focuses on how actors – whether they are scientists, citizens, technology developers or other stakeholders – understand the world around them and how such understanding can be improved to facilitate the addressing of complex issues in science and technology.
ISiS aims to contribute to an in-depth understanding of science in society through four crosscutting research themes:
- Understanding scientific understanding
Aiming to clarify the nature of scientific understanding, including the role of technology in the development of the natural sciences.
- Science, ethics and integrity
What constitutes as good scientific practice and what social responsibilities do scientists have?
- Dynamics and dependencies in socio-ecological interactions
Research about transformations that contribute to the quality of our living environment by studying discourses and practices deeply embedded in our social and institutional environment.
- Science-society communication
Aiming to understand science communication from a dialogical perspective by examining the interaction between science and society in different forms in different contexts
Researchers of ISiS are involved in many different research projects. In this list, you can find some of our current projects.
Science in society is an academic discipline. As such, our institute continuously publishes research findings in academic journals. Via the university's repository you can find a selection of ISiS publications but for a full list, you can contact our secretariat through: secr.isis [at] science.ru.nl (secr[dot]isis[at]science[dot]ru[dot]nl).
Data Management Policy
ISiS Data Management Policy provides guidelines and advice on proper ways of managing data in all phases and for all forms of research that takes place at ISiS. For more information on the ISiS Data Management Policy, please contact Wessel Ganzevoort, data steward at ISiS (isisdatasteward [at] science.ru.nl (isisdatasteward[at]science[dot]ru[dot]nl)).