Invited Speakers



Hélène Gispert is professor in History of Science at Paris-Sud University. Her research focuses on the history of mathematics in the XIXth and XXth centuries France, more specifically on the history of circulation of mathematics in different institutional, social and cultural frames, and the history of French mathematical milieux.

Professor Gispert has been recently and for some years now working with the biographical approach, namely on the french mathematician Émile Borel, with several publications, like the forthcoming “Émile Borel (1871-1956) et Henri Lebesgue (1875-1941), Chronique d’une rupture annoncée” (In: Goldstein, C. (ed) Trajectoires de mathématiciens pendant la première guerre mondiale). Her experience with the biographical account deserved already interesting reflection: i.e. Gispert, Hélène. L’entreprise biographique à l’épreuve: écueils, défis, atouts du cas d’Emile Borel (In: L. Rollet & P. Nabonnand (dir.), Les Uns et les Autres… ; Biographies et prosopographies en histoire des sciences, Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2012).

Besides those mentioned works, other important contributions are:

  • Gispert, H. (2015), La France mathématique de la Troisième République avant la Grande Guerre, Paris : SMF.
  • Gispert, H. (2015), Philippe Nabonnand, Jeanne Peiffer (eds.), “Circulations et échanges mathématiques (18e-20e siècles)”, Philosophia Scientiae, 19 (2).
  • Aubin, D.,  Gispert, H.  &  Goldstein, C. (2014), “The total war of French mathematicians”, in D. Aubin & C. Goldstein (eds.), The war of Guns and Mathematics, Providence: AMS, 125-179.
  • Gispert, H. (2014) “Mathematics Education in France (1800-1980)”, in Karp Alexander & Schubring Gert (eds.), Handbook on the History of Mathematics Education,  Springer, 229-240.

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Benoît GODIN


Holds a Dphil in Science-Technology-Society, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), Sussex University (England).
He is professor and researcher at INRS – “Institut national de la recherche scientifique”, centre / Urbanisation Culture Société (Montreal, Canada) and since 1992 he is funded by the Canadian SSHERC .
Professor Godin is a editorial board member of a dozen journals.
In 2014, he launched the CASTI Network – Conceptual Approaches to Science, Technology and Innovation, an Interdisciplinary Research Network ( and, presently, he is launching NOvation: Critical Studies of Innovation, an international journal of discourse analysis, conceptual history and intellectual history in STS – Science, Technology & Society and Innovation Studies.

Benoît Godin is currently conducting a long-term research project on the intellectual history of innovation, from Antiquity to the present. Innovation Contested (see here) is one of the main outputs of this project. He also published recently (2017) a book on the idea of models (of innovation), where he rethinks and debunks the historical narratives of models developed by theorists of innovation (see here).

Among others, his most important contributions are:

  • Godin, B.  (2017), Models of Innovation. The History of an Idea. MIT Press eBooks.
  • Godin, B. (2015), Innovation Contested: The Idea of Innovation Over the Centuries. London: Routledge.
  • Godin, B. (2005), Measurement and Statistics on Science and Technology: 1920 to the present, Series in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. London: Routledge. [Translated in Chinese in 2008; Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China].

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PhD in Nuclear Physics (Oxford) and Aggregated Professor in Physics (Lisbon), João Caraça was Director of the French Delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG) from 2012 until 2016. Formerly Director of the Science Service at FCG from 1988 to 2011. He was a member of the EIT Board – European Institute of Innovation and Technology, from 2008 to 2012. It is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Philanthropy and Science Forum. He is, since 2017, President of the General Council of the University of Coimbra.

Professor of Economics and Management of Science, Technology and Innovation (1990-2003), he was coordinator and still is guest professor at the Higher Institute of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon.

He was Consultant for Science of the President of the Portuguese Republic, from 1996 to 2006 and is the author of over one hundred and fifty scientific papers. He was Chairman of the Advisory Board of COTEC – Entrepreneurial Association for Innovation. His interests are on the areas of science and technology policy, foresight and the history of thought and culture.

He published several Works: Do Saber ao Fazer: Porquê Organizar a Ciência [From Knowledge to Making: Why Organizing Science] (1993), Ciência [Science] (1997), Science et Communication [Science and Communication] (1999), Entre a Ciência e a Consciência [Between Science and Conscience] (2002) e À Procura do Portugal Moderno [Looking for the Modern Portugal] (2003). He participated in the drafting of Limites à Competição [Limits to Competition] (1994) and the A Nova Primavera do Político [The New Spring of the Politician] (2007) and in the organization of the O Futuro Tecnológico [The Technological Future] (1999), the Ideias Perigosas para Portugal [Dangerous Ideas for Portugal] (2010), the Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis (2012) and the Power, Leadership and Complexity (2015).


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