Baya Laffite Nicolas

Contact Curriculum Research Teaching



Programmes Européens

Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)
2011 - 2013  (36  months)
Applicant: Sciences Po Médialab (FNSP)
Other collaborators: University of Amsterdam, DMI; Politecnico di Milano, Density Design; Barcellona Media; The Young Foundation; TU Dortmund University.
Researcher at Sciences Po, I was in co-responsible for the digital mapping of debates on climate change adaptation within UNFCCC using semantic network analysis. EMAPS was a collaborative research project aimed at assessing "the opportunities and risks in the use of the web and the social media as a meaningful information tool and for developing a participatory communication between scientists and the different publics". It focused on the emerging uses of the web as a tool of collective endeavour and public debate in technoscientific issues. It engaged in an 'open-air' experiment using online interactive platforms developed within the project. In the domain of science-society interactions, the aim of EMAPS is to get a better understanding of whether the web can provide a meaningful equipment to produce an enhanced interest of a wider public, not as receivers of information about end results of science, but as potential participants in science in the making. Particularly for controversial topics like climate change, the present EU call underlines the potential as well as the risks of the explosion of online communication and the proliferation of producers and consumers of scientific information. To cope with this situation, EMAPS, coordinated by Prof. Bruno Latour at Sciences Po in Paris, proposed an innovative model to trace the heterogeneous networks constituted around science and technology issues. Accordingly, the involvement of different publics will come from equipping scientists, journalists, activists, corporations and citizens with a political atlas mapping their disagreements on science and technology. This is the hypothesis EMAPS assessed, drawing on a set of theories and practices to be assembled in the project: digital methods, science and technology studies, communication design and social innovation.

Citizen Participation in Science and Technology (CIPAST)
2005 - 2008  (36  months)
Applicant: Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris, France
Other collaborators: Interface Sciences Société, Université de Lausanne ; The Danish Board of Technology (DBT); The Rathenau Institute (RI); et al...
Research assistant at Cité des Sciences, I assisted the project coordinator during the last 6 months of the project. The CIPAST project brought together organisations having significant experiences in the use of participatory procedures in scientific and technological issues, belonging to the different families of experienced actors in that field (parliamentary offices, research institutes, science shops and science museums, academic researchers), and already structured in European networks (EPTA, IGLO, ECSITE, ISSNET) to set up a training programme tailored to the various contexts in which participation of civil society is relevant. This training programme was designed by processing experience feedback gained from some 40 international organisations with recent practice in participatory initiatives; the target audience for this training programme was decision-makers belonging not only to the political sphere, but also to research sector, non profit organisations and industry; a special effort was made to identify participants in the new member states of the E.U. Re-usable training tools was produced to support the expanding CIPAST network and capitalise the outcomes of the programme. Relying on that transfer of expertise and training activity, CIPAST platform contributed to structure an expanded network of European organisations involved in participatory processes, through dissemination of best practises and circulation of information and documentation, thanks to the management of a discussion list, a website and a European newsletter, and to the organisation of several workshops and a final conference.


Doctorant-e-s affilié-e-s

Nom Institution
Auroy Lola UNIL
Babel Lucie Université d'Utrecht
Camus Alexandre UNIL
Corona Lina UNIL, HEdS La Source
Herrera Bernardo Université Javeriana, Bogota
Jobin Anna UNIL
Pidoux Jessica EPFL-UNIL
Rivera Carolina Sandra Université Nationale de Colombie
Rodriguez Margarita UNIL
Ruffiner Yohana UNIL, UNINE et la Haute Ecole ARC
Saraga Michaël UNIL
Schaad Béatrice UNIL et CHUV
Smirnova Tatiana UNIL
Stücki Virginie UNIL et EESP
Stücklin Nicholas UNIL
Tanferri Mylène UNIL
Vacheron Joël UNIL et ECAL


Membres associés

Nom Fonction(s)
Afsary Alexandra Assistante diplômée, SSP-UNIL
Arminjon Mathieu Collaborateur scientifique, Université de Genève-HUG
Aronov Milana Doctorante, IUHMSP
Bader Dina Doctorante, collaboratrice scientifique UNINE
Ballif Edmée Collaboratrice scientifique, HESAV
Barazzetti Gaia Maître d’enseignement et de recherche, Lettres, FBM-UNIL
Barras Vincent Professeur, CHUV-UNIL
Benaroyo Lazare Professeur, FBM-UNIL
Benninghoff Martin Directeur, Service de la recherche en éducation, Genève
Boullier Dominique Directeur du Social Media Lab, EPFL
Bovet Emilie Professeure, HES-AV
Braun Dietmar Professeur, SSP-UNIL
Bühler Nolwenn Doctorante, Université de Zurich, UNINE
Cerqui Ducret Daniela Maître d’enseignement et de recherche, SSP-UNIL
Coll Sami Chercheur associé, IRS, UNIGE
Constantin Vinciane Assistante-doctorant, FTSR-UNIL
Cordey Michaël Assistant diplômé, SSP-UNIL
Demirbas Izel Doctorante, IHM/CHUV
Dorthe Gabriel Assistant diplômé, GSE-UNIL
Droz Mendelzweig Marion Professeure, Ecole de la Source
Ducoulombier Delphine Chargée de projet, Interface Sciences-Société-UNIL
Eggert Nadja Responsable de recherche, Interface Sciences-Société-UNIL
Fassa Recrosio Farinaz Professeure ordinaire, SSP, UNIL
Fauvel Aude Maître d’enseignement et de recherche, IUHMSP,CHUV
Ferreira Cristina Professeure HESV
Gautschi Heidi Collaboratrice scientifique, EPFL
Gkotsi Georgia Martha Doctorante, FBM-UNIL
Gobet Pierre Professeur, EESP/HES-SO
Graber Nils Doctorant, EHESS
Gumy Christel Directrice de recherches, Commission indépendante d’experts (CIE) Internements administratifs, Berne
Jaccard Camille Doctorante, IUHMSP-UNIGE
Kaba Mariama Responsable de recherche, IUHMSP,CHUV
Kaufmann Alain Directeur, Interface Sciences-Société-UNIL
Le Feuvre Nicky Professeure, SSP-UNIL
Lucas Jean-François Chercheur, Institut des Digital Humanities (IDH), EPFL
Maas Harro Professeur, SSP-UNIL
Maffi Irene Professeure, SSP-UNIL
Mey Adeena Doctorant, Lettres-UNIL
Oberhauser Pierre-Nicolas Assistant diplômé, SSP-UNIL
Pahlisch Colin Assistant diplômé, Faculté des Lettres (section français)
Papadaniel Yannis Premier assistant, SSP-UNIL
Pasche Guignard Florence Chercheuse indépendante
Roca Escoda Marta Maître d’enseignement et de recherche, SSP-UNIL
Sandoz Raphaël Chercheur post-doctorant, UNIGE
Sautier Marie Chargée de recherche, SSP-UNIL
Secher Fromell Hanna Collaboratrice scientifique, UNINE
Söderström Ola Professeur, UNINE
Sornani Philippe Head of the research program at the Swiss Institute in Rome
Stauber Maximilien Assistant doctorant, Droit-UNIL
Strasser Bruno J. Professeur, Section de Biologie, UNIGE
Tocchetti Sara Chercheuse FNS Post-doc Centre Alexandre-Koyré, Interface Science-Société-UNIL
Trouilloud Séverine Médiatrice scientifique, Interface Science-Société-UNIL
Turquety Benoît Professeur assistant, Lettres-UNIL
Viscusi Gianluigi Collaborateur scientifique, EPFL
Zimmermann Basile Professeur assistant, Lettres-UNIGE