“Chemistry, Sciences, Culture and Society in the making of Europe”Activity by David Coates | added on Jul 26, 2011 | France
Sponsor(s): Academia Europaea, UNESCO, CNRS, Heinz-Nixdorf Foundation, International Foundation of Chemistry, the French Chemical Society, the Académie des Sciences.
An international conference exploring the impacts and relevance of chemistry on both the past and modern European society.
Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 September 2011, Paris
“Chemistry, Sciences, Culture and Society in the making of Europe”
With the support of the Natural Sciences Section, UNESCO
Location: UNESCO Headquarters,
7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris 75007 (Metro Ségur)
*(please use the entrance at 125 Avenue de Suffren)
The conference programme highlights, the structuring role of chemistry in our practical and theoretical way to relate to nature, stressing its broader impact on our way of thinking and on the history of civilization.
The programme covers aspects of the “hard sciences” ; discussing how and what these sciences have brought to chemistry and, in turn, what chemistry has brought to them. Other sessions cover the contributions of chemistry to a number of important topics such as agriculture, biomass conversion, pollution control (water, air, soil), transportation, energy saving, communication, materials science (top down/bottom up approach), pharmaceutics, nanotechnology, to name but a few. It is hoped to include live experiments in the lecture rooms will be arranged to illustrate such contributions.
A ‘bridge-section’, will be devoted to how applied chemistry influenced and changed the destiny of entire generations during peaceful periods dramatically interrupted by world wars, the programme will visit the Humanities and Social sciences to tell a wider story of chemistry expanding into a philosophical, literary, aesthetic and social culture, from the Age of Goethe to the contemporary frontiers of chemistry such as molecular gastronomy.
The event follows the ususal pattern of Academy events - it is highly interdiscplinary linking science, arts and the humanities. It will demonstrate how chemistry supports and shapes our modern European Society.