They make the Université de Lyon: meet Stéphanie Ruphy

On The September 17, 2019

The Université de Lyon met with de Stéphanie Ruphy, Chief Scientific Officer of the Social and environmental responsibility, research ethics and scientific integrity (RESETIS) platform.

What is your background?

With a PhD in astrophysics (at the Sorbonne University) and a PhD in Philosophy (at Columbia University, New York), I joined the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in September 2017, after working at the Université Grenoble Alpes and the Université Aix-Marseille. My ongoing philosophy of science research mainly addresses the issues concerning relations between science and society. As a winner of the 2017 Impulsion call for projects, I was able to develop new research concerning the issues of direct citizen participation in producing scientific knowledge and expertise (the PartiSCip project). I am also interested in the governance of research and its funding methods, and, in this regard, my affiliation with the IDEX SAB has provided me with a number of very positive experiences. This year, I also took over as the Chief Scientific Officer of the RESETIS platform at the Université de Lyon.

What is this platform?

The Université de Lyon’s RESETIS (“Social and environmental responsibility, research ethics and scientific integrity”) platform is responsible for the following missions, some in conjunction with the missions of the French Office of Scientific Integrity, of which I am a member:

  • To teach scientific integrity and research ethics (particularly to PhD students and HDR researchers) and to promote these values to all research players;
  • To provide research communities with resources that promote a working environment conducive to honest and responsible science;
  • To encourage research concerning the different forms of researcher responsibilities, especially towards society.

Why did you create it?

Research and innovation are now at the heart of our “knowledge society’s” development projects. This important role provides the research community with greater responsibilities. The platform is in place to provide support to the site’s key players, whether to respond to new regulatory or institutional provisions (such as the implementation of policies for scientific integrity or the approval of research protocols by ethics assessment committees), or to embody the ethical, societal and political issues presented by certain types of research.