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Research

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.

Themes

ISiS aims to contribute to an in-depth understanding of science in society through four crosscutting research themes:

  1. Understanding scientific understanding 
    Aiming to clarify the nature of scientific understanding, including the role of technology in the development of the natural sciences.
  2. Science, ethics and integrity
    What constitutes as good scientific practice and what social responsibilities do scientists have?
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Projects

Researchers of ISiS are involved in many different research projects. In this list, you can find some of our current projects.

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    Centre Connecting Humans and Nature

    Centre Connecting Humans and Nature (CCHN) studies people’s connectedness with nature in different contexts and over the human life course.

  • Visualisation of research ethics

    iRECS

    iRECS focuses on 'improving Research Ethics Expertise and Competences to Ensure Reliability and Trust in Science'. ISiS will be involved to ensure societal and policy uptake of the project’s results.

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    Declaration of Transparency

    Transparent editorial policies are crucial in academic publishing, aiding authors, reviewers, and distinguishing quality journals. Policies should detail the process from submission to post-publication, be explicit, detailed, and current.

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    WildlifeNL

    WildlifeNL is dedicated to the search for new forms of wildlife management. The goal is to develop new technologies, governance arrangements and communication strategies, to enable a low-conflict coexistence of humans and wildlife.

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Publications

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 Riyan van den Born and Rob Lenders, data stewards at ISiS (isisdatasteward [at] science.ru.nl (isisdatasteward[at]science[dot]ru[dot]nl)).