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Workshop on doing science and science governance in times of climate breakdown (13 - 14 June 2023)

As part of the FluidKnowledge project we are hosting a small, interactive workshop at Leiden University with a group of social scientists engaged in and focused on interactions between science, sustainability, and science governance. We will be discussing how better knowledge and value are and can be produced in the contexts of science and science governance for global challenges.


European and global science policy have been restructured around ‘global challenges’ and ‘research excellence’ to commit to societal impact. Our current global challenges of planetary breakdown, including climate change, nature destruction, and increasing global inequality, require critical interrogation of the contributions and consequences of science. In the process of understanding, resolving and transforming global challenges we have to be attentive to what is at the core of science: the attribution of value to numerical or qualitative values such as counting, classifying and evaluating physical and societal phenomena. This then, also holds for the practice of governing science. Science policy articulates particular kinds of future (e.g. environmental, societal) that are considered either desirable or unattractive, and it ascribes particular roles and values to science in the making of these futures. This raises important questions about the values attributed to scientific expertise and policy making in relation to sustainable futures, and the role and agency of science and policy in shaping sustainable futures.

Practical information


Centre for Science and Technology Studies: Kolffpad 1, 2333 BN Leiden


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Workshop program

Day 1: 13 June 2023


10:30 - 11:00 (CEST)

Doors open

11:00 - 11:30 (CEST)



11:30 - 12:15 (CEST)

IPCC Scenarios Databases and the negotiation of the possibility space by Beatrice Cointe

Discussant Esther Turnhout


12:15 - 13:15 (CEST)



13:15 - 14:00 (CEST)

On the performative power of biodiversity models in sustainable finance by Klaudia Prodani

Discussant Sarah de Rijcke


14:00 - 14:45 (CEST)

Knowledge ecosystems and ecologies in times of ecological crises by Jorrit Smit

Discussant Marja Spierenburg


14:45 - 15:15 (CEST)

Coffee time


15:15 - 16:00 (CEST)

Animating plural natures: knowledge and practices beyond conservation by Esther Turnhout

Discussant Niki Vermeulen


16:00 - 16:45 (CEST)

Doughnut science: rethinking academia in a time of climate crisis by Anne Urai

Discussant Timo Maas (Timo will not participate, we replace this by a longer open discussion)

16:45 - 17:00 (CEST)

Wrapping up the day


19:00 - 21:30 (CEST)

Dinner at LAB071

Day 2: 14 June 2023


09:00 - 09:30 (CEST)

Doors open


09:30 - 10:15 (CEST)

Choreographies of Seaweed in Scotland by Niki Vermeulen

Discussant Thomas Franssen & Mandy de Wilde


10:15 - 10:45 (CEST)

Coffee time


10:45 - 11:30 (CEST)

Deep-sea mining, (dis)continuation and the goods of oceanography by Sarah de Rijcke

Discussant Jorrit Smit


11:30 - 12:15 (CEST)

Power and politics in the co-creation of knowledge by Marja Spierenburg

Discussant Beatrice Cointe


12:15 - 13:15 (CEST)



13:15 - 14:00 (CEST)

More-than human knowledge production in sustainability science: reconceptualizing participation for other-than human inclusion by Thomas Franssen & Mandy de Wilde

Discussant Klaudia Prodani


14:00 - 15:00 (CEST)

Brainstorm on common themes


15:00 - 15:30 (CEST)

Coffee time


15:30 - 16:00 (CEST)

Next steps and ending

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