ARMINES- ENSMP (Centre for Sociology of Innovation)

Created in 1967 through the efforts of the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris", ARMINES is a non profit research association. Funded under an agreement with the French government and operating under the control of an auditor and a government commissioner, ARMINES has extended its activities to encompass the entire network of  the "Ecole des Mines" plus some other higher engineering school under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry.

ARMINES is providing a convenient frame for contractual relations between industry and academic laboratories. The latter are linked to ARMINES through the creation of "Joint Research Units - Common Laboratories (more than 70 at this time through 14 sites).

The ENSMP "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris"  is one of the so called French "grandes écoles" delivering masters and PhD degrees (over 100 per year) in engineering sciences and related social sciences. Originally charged with the training of civil mining engineers and the Corps of Mines, since the Sixties the School has developed its post-graduate research and teaching activities in liaison with industry and with the help of the Armines association "Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels".
ARMINES and ENSMP are linked through a mandate of management giving to ARMINES the administrative, financial and legal responsibility to follow in particular the European contract obtained by their Join Research Unit - Common Laboratories. The Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation - CSI is one of these Join Research Unit - Common Laboratories.
The Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation - CSI is one of the 18 research laboratories of the Ecole des Mines in Paris. Its work focuses on scientific, technical and cultural innovation. For 10 years, the CSI has been studying topics such as the environment, safety, transport, communication, services, tastes and customs. By analysing associations and the different forms of public debate, the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation - CSI I also attempts to confront the results of innovation to new issues. Four fields have therefore been highlighted as major research fields for the future: the dynamic of technical and economic networks; health and patients through the analysis of the different forms of public participation; tastes and customs; and public debate and technical democracy. In this fourth area, the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation - CSI  more specifically analyses new forms of public debate in the scientific and technical field and the mobilisation of lay people on scientific issues.
Furthermore, for over 15 years, ARMINES has been participating in major European research efforts. It has had a European Affairs Direction specifically assigned to European affairs and responsible for assisting researchers who participate in these programmes. Involved as a partner in more than 200 on-going contracts with the European Commission (coming from the former 4th, the 5th Framework programme and from other EC sources), ARMINES 'R&TD Centres are in charge of the co-ordination of about 1/6 of them and in particular 8 contracts from the 6th Framework programme (3 networks of excellence, 2 concerted actions, 1 specific targeted research project, 1 specific support action, 1 Integrated Infrastructure Initiative).

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