Track 2: Converging technologies and engineering sciences

Chair: MIEKE BOON

Current areas in the engineering sciences, such as nanoscience and technology, biomedical science and technology, information and communication science and technology, and scientific research that aims at food technology, water technology, and energy technology, aim at contributing to the development of so-called ‘converging technologies’. What all these areas have in common is: (1) topics of scientific research are directly related to human and societal needs (food, water, energy, health, and technological materials and devices), (2) the aim of scientific research is dual and often somewhat ambiguous – the internal aim is publication in scientific journals, the external aim is contributing to the development of converging technologies, (3) the method of scientific research is inherently inter- and multidisciplinary: it involves scientific knowledge from virtually all basic domains in physics, chemistry and biology; also, it requires collaboration between different disciplines in the engineering sciences, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, applied physics, and applied mathematics.

In this track, we welcome papers that contribute to a better understanding of these scientific research practices, i.e., better understanding of aims, methods and epistemological issues of engineering sciences that have converging technologies as their external aim. We particularly welcome contributions on the following list of interconnected topics; however, other topics are by no means excluded.

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The nature of engineering sciences for converging technologies

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Case studies of scientific research

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Scientific instruments and experiments

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Computer experiments and simulations

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Scientific methods in the engineering sciences

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Methodological aspects of interdisciplinary research

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Scientific explanation and understanding in the engineering sciences

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Epistemological issues in scientific practice

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‘Knowing well’ in developing converging technologies

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Historical development of the engineering sciences