A New Science Collaboration
In recent years it has become increasingly common for social scientists to work alongside scientists as part of the `ELSI-fication’ of research (understanding the ethical, legal and social implications of scientific research). With this in mind, the MacDiarmid Institute commissioned two social science research projects in 2004 to be conducted by independent researchers. The first on public attitudes towards nanotechnology is being conducted by Andrew Cook and colleagues at Lincoln University. The second project was charged with investigating the MacDiarmid Institute as an organisation with the view to informing the Institute on its management and governance practices. The project entitled `A New Science Collaboration: A Stakeholder Approach to the Understanding the MacDiarmid Institute’ was carried out by Associate Professors Sally Davenport and Urs Daellenbach of the Victoria Management School. This report to the Board of the Institute outlines the results from the phase of research which concentrated on the perspectives of `internal’ stakeholders of the Institute, the theme leaders and principal investigators.