A transformation is occurring in the relationship of science and society. A new mode of knowledge production is at the heart of this transformation. Much of the thrust of innovation is coming from new links between traditionally segmented producers and users of knowledge. Contextualization of research around the interests of stakeholders fosters a more “socially robust” knowledge that transgresses disciplinary and institutional boundaries. The ancient Greek agora is a model for a new transdisciplinary forum.


Knowledge Production Keynote Address Reliable Knowledge Segmented Producer Disciplinary Structure 
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© Springer Basel AG 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Gibbons
    • 1
  • Helga Nowotny
    • 2
  1. 1.LondonUK
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZurichSwitzerland

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