Scientific Networks & Conferences

ESPOL is involved in the NETCONF project (Networks & Scientific Congresses) launched in 2019 and co-sponsored with CRIEF (University of Poitiers) and CNRS. Thanks to funding from the Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique (GIS) Réseau URFIST and the CNRS, NETCONF brings together 7 institutions with the objective of characterising the effect that congresses can have on the dynamics of scientific networks and their internationalisation.

In order to improve our understanding of the social depth of scientific activity and the role of conferences in the circulation of knowledge and collaboration (building partnerships), we propose to compare the case of two conferences in two disciplines: chemistry and political science. Based on a longitudinal follow-up of the last three editions of the ISGC (Green Chemistry Congress held in La Rochelle every two years) and of the AFSP Congress (Political Science Congress held in a French city every two years), whose dimensions are roughly similar (700 participants), we propose to :

  1. to collect the list of participants and to study the evolution of the spatial distribution of participants (cities and countries of membership);
  2. reconstitute the networks from the links of co-participation in panels and co-presentation;
  3. collect the publications of the participants via bibliographic databases and open archives (WoS, HAL, Cairn and Persée);
  4. reconstitute the writing and citation networks between participants

The main objective will be to verify the effect of co-presence in a panel on the appearance of a new link of co-authorship and/or citation between participants, and/or of a common communication at the next edition of the congress. Particular attention will be paid to documenting the obstacles encountered when retrieving information, which is varied and more or less open.