Nouveaux Commanditaires – Sciences

Generate a research question by sharing curiosity between citizens and researchers 

The objective of the program Nouveaux Commanditaires - Sciences, with the support of the Fondation de France, is to guide and stimulate communities of non-scientists to engage in dialogue with researchers, and to co-create open questions. These questions, issued from creative meetings, will therefore be originally conceived both by researchers and citizens. 

This approach is inspired from the program Nouveaux Commanditaires - Art (New Patrons), which has been used in arts since 1991 and has allowed for more than 450 art pieces in 8 European countries to be conceived based upon a dialogue between artists and citizens. Since 2013, the Atelier des Jours à Venir experiments this approach in the field of sciences.

This very experimental approach is not a unilateral demand from citizens to scientists to answer their question, neither a dialogue about an already existing research or knowledge : it is a collaboration to create a shared question, to share curiosity and explore together the unknownAsking open questions shall not be the privilege of scientists. Moreover, sharing curiosity and co-creating questions strengthens the relevance of science for society and allows to reach a higher degree of creativity.

Committing on a process lasting for several years, both communities then co-design the research methodologies required to answer the question that has been selected. In some cases, they can further collaborate, with non-scientists taking part in producing and analyzing  data. 
Furthermore, we pay attention to include curious citizens from youth, people from underprivileged backgrounds, as well as women and young researchers.


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