Social sciences

As an emerging area of science and technology raising many expectations, quantum theory engineering will highly benefit from questions and insights from science and technology studies (STS): what are the effects and implications of new technologies and knowledges? And reciprocally, how and to what extend is science and technology shaped by society?
On campus, science and technology studies are carried out by sociologists from the PACTE Laboratory – some of them in collaboration with philosophers from the PPL laboratory which is a member of QuantumEng.

The aim of STS investigations on quantum theory and engineering is twofold:
  • to analyze the emergence of socio-technical trajectories – the assemblages of practices, collaboration networks and expectations through which scientists and engineers envision, prepare and enact the future of quantum engineering
  • to reflect on the broader societal implications of the second “Quantum Revolution” that holds many technological, economic and social promises.