Commerce & Politics of Science September 21-24, 2006. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Recent years have seen increasing debate about the merits of private funding for scientific research, the growing prominence of “technology transfer,” patenting, and corporate sponsorship within universities, and concern about partisan manipulation of science by government officials. Seeking to reinvigorate and inform public discussion of these issues, Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has cooperated with the University of Bielefeld to convene an interdisciplinary conference comprised of leading scholars, university administrators, and public officials from the United States and Europe.

Keynote speakers: Robert Berdahl (former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley) Sheldon Krimsky (Tufts University) Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame)

The conference will also include four major plenary sessions and numerous contributed papers. A detailed description is available at:

Reflecting our desire to spark a continuing, interdisciplinary conversation, the Reilly Center has made a special effort to include younger scholars in the conference. To that end, a subsidized student registration rate is available ($50 prior to August 15) and Notre Dame graduate students have offered to share their apartments and homes with attendees from other institutions. Those who wish to participate in this housing program are asked to contact the Reilly Center: [email protected].