Building dialogue with civil society: our approach

In 2008, Ineris made a priority of sharing its scientific and technical expertise withcivil society. Initiated through meetings and discussions with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the Institute’s technical reports, this approach is implemented today on d levels, from shaping the Institute’s strategy to discussing specific projects.

The Committee for Orientation of Research and Expertise (CORE) is the embodiment of the Institute’s policy of dialogue at a governance framework level. Set up by the decree of April 26, 2011, this committee marks Ineris’ transition to open scientific and technical governance.
CORE brings society expectations and knowledge into the scientific challenges and issues faced by Ineris  experts, in order to strengthen the Institute’s strategy development. Each year, in collaboration with iall its advisory boards and committees, Ineris organises a workshop to share  itsreflections on how to  perform scientific activities in line with civil society needs. ,.

Focused on highly specialized scientific topics, local meetings with stakeholders are opportunities for sharing knowledge and discussing scientific issues. These meetings are held regularly by Ineris to introduce its work and provide NGOs with updated information & data they could use in current scientific and technical debates about industrial and environmental risks.

With the same objective of sharing knowledge, Ineris publishes the Ineris References Collection, in which each “dossier” deals with one  of the Institute’s work theme. The collection is drafted fornon-experts and provide an analysis of the scientific, technical, and societal issues raised by each of the topics discussed.

In September 2011 Ineris, together with Anses, Ifsttar, Irstea and Irsn, signed a charter about dialogue with society for organizations engaged in research, expertise and evaluation of environmental and health risks, with the aim of sharing and co-ordinating their strategies and actions.

They were joined by Brgm and Public Health France in December 2016. These seven public experts, by signing the charter, committed to improving their scientific et technical work through an enhanced dialogue with society and fostering dialogue culture within their organizations.

Ineris and INRA embarked on a research partnership in the field of sociology of science starting in January 2017. This work is being done as part of a PhD programmeat the Science Innovation Society Interdisciplinary Laboratory (LISIS), supervised by Pierre-Benoît Joly (INRA Research Director).
The PhD focuses on a little-explored area of research: the evolution of relations between science and society in organizations and research institutes. The
PhD student, Lucile Ottolini, works in close collaboration with Ineris’ teams. The members of CORE are involved in the project, thanks to Gérald Hayotte and Brice Laurent, both members of the dissertation’s supervisory committee. Corinne Gendron, president of the Scientific Council of Ineris, is also a participant.