Oct 10-12, 2016
From Knowledge to Profit? Scientific Institutions and the Commercialization of Science


Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany

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Monday, 10. October


14.00-14.15    Jürgen Renn & Florian Schmaltz (GMPG, Berlin)



14.15-14.45    Jaromir Balcar & Alexander v. Schwerin (GMPG)

Basic Research & Commercialization: the Case of the Max Planck Society

Section 1: Innovation Regimes

Chair: Monika Dommann (ETH Zürich)

14.45-15.45    Anna Guagnini (Univ. Bologna)

Individuals, Institutions, and the Commercialization of Academic Science: A Long-term Comparative Perspective

15.45-16.15       Coffee Break

16.15-17.15    Zhihui Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)

From “Ivory Tower” to “Doing Business”. The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Rise of the Chinese "Silicon Valley" (1980-1990)

17.15-18.15    Helmut Maier (Univ. Bochum)

The Innovation System of the Max Planck Institute of Coal Research Ltd.


Keynote Lecture

18.30-19.30    Dominique Pestre (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris)

                        Is Commercialization the Best or Only Word? On the Economization of Environmental Protection since the 1970s


Tuesday, 11. October

Section 2: Institutional Identities

Chair: Carsten Reinhardt (Univ. Bielefeld)

09.30-10.30    Christina Diblitz (Univ. Suttgart)

In Between of Service, Fundamental Research and Innovation: A 'Triple Helix’ Model of the Material Producers and Scientific Service Groups in the Max Planck Society

10.30-11.00       Coffee Break

11.00-12.00    Jaromir Balcar (GMPG, Berlin)

Technology Transfer in the Mode of Trial and Error: The History of Max Planck’s Garching Innovation Ltd.

12.00-13.00    Gabriel Galvez-Behar (CNRS, Lille)

The Patents of French Science: The Case of CNRS

13.00-14.00       Lunch


Section 3: Professionalization

Chair: Ulrike Thoms (GMPG, Berlin)

14.00-15.00    David Kaldewey (Univ. Bonn)

Changing Modes of Identity Work: Commercialization From Within Academia

15.00-16.00    Alexander v. Schwerin (GMPG, Berlin)

Max Planck Biosciences in the 1970s/80s and the Struggle for New Directions

16.00-16.30       Coffee Break


Keynote Lecture

16.30-17.30    Philip Mirowski (Univ. Notre Dame, USA)

The Advent of ‘Open Science’: A New Neoliberal Era?


Round Table

17.45-19.30    Participants and short statements by

Monika Dommann, Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Jürgen Kocka, Philip Mirowski, Dominique Pestre; Chair: Florian Schmaltz

Commercialization in Comparison


Wednesday, 12. October

Section 4: Strategies of Merchandizing

Chair: Jean-Paul Gaudillière (CNRS, CERMES3, Paris)

09.00-10.00    Ton van Helvoort (Netherlands)

“Make, Buy or Ally”: Unilever and the New Biotechnology During the Last Quarter of the 20th Century

10.00-11.00    Cyrus Mody (Maastricht Univ.)

Commercialization as Experimentation: Entangled Institutional Innovations among Santa Barbara Physicists in the 1970s

11.00-11.30       Coffee Break

11.30-12.30    Christophe Lecuyer (UPMC, Paris)

Selling Innovation: The Case of Semiconductor Research at the University of California

12.30-13.30    Gemma Cirac Claveras (Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Paris)

Trading with Satellite Weather Data in the United States: Public or Commodities


Final Discussion

13.30-14.00    Carsten Reinhardt (Univ. Bielefeld)

Concluding Remarks

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