Researchers with interest in science policy analysis and knowledge systems are invited to present case studies and theory development on science cooperations. The aim is to zoom into the research cooperation and ask for specific understandings of sustainability within scientific sub-cultures.
Within the paradigm of 'knowledge societies' scientific research and science education has become a key to national development and international competitiveness, especially in the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development goals. Research cooperation forms one pillar of such development process, including all disciplines. However, studies and self-reports of participating researchers have often revealed the persistent asymmetries within such cooperations. On the one hand such critique has led to the development of guidelines of fair and equal research among different partners (KFPE 2001). On the other hand, the critique of unequal access to knowledge, uneven spreadth of resources and of hegemonial research concepts remains present (Zingerli 2010, Koehn/Obama 2014). This panel invites researchers with interest in science policy analysis and knowledge systems to present case studies and theory development on science cooperations since the 1990s. The aim is to zoom into research cooperation and ask for specific understandings of sustainability within scientific subcultures. Participants are welcomed to look at usually underrepresented research cooperation within engineering, the life sciences and ICT but also to ask for specific conditions such as funding structures, institutional and national differences of donor countries and general effects of inclusion/exclusion within a global scientific community.