The American Challenge. The impact of the US scientific, technological and industrial organization in Post-war Europe.

The American Challenge. The impact of the US scientific, technological and industrial organization in Post-war Europe.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Humanities, Barcelona (Spain), December 15-16, 2011, room 20.053


Daniele Cozzoli (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Departament d’Humanitats)

Mauro Capocci (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)

Matteo Gerlini (Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies, University of Florence)

Simone Turchetti (University of Manchester)



Thursday, 15 December 2011

Chair: Antoni Malet (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

(15:00 Wellcome address)

15:15 Presentation

Daniele Cozzoli (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

15:30 – 16:15

Jon Agar (University College London)

How do we account for the predominance of US science? Seven kinds of answers

16:15 -17:00

Veera Lisa Nisonen (European Institute Florence)

The American Challenge and the Difficult Advent of the Common European Research Policy”

17:00 Coffee break

17:30 – 18:15

chair: Agustí Nieto Galán (Universitat Atutónoma de Barcelona)

John Krige ( Georgiatech, Atlanta)

“The Co-Construction of Transnational Networks in Space Science: NASA-West European Relations in the Early 1960s”

18:15 – 19:00

Robert Bud (London Science Museum)

Pure and Applied Research in the Context of the Cold War

Friday, 16 December

Chair: Matteo Gerlini (University of Florence)

10:00 – 10:45

Ludovic Tournès (Université de Paris Ouest)

American foundations and the Higher Education and Research System in France (1945-1965)

10:45 – 11:15 Coffe break

chair: Xavier Roqué (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona)

11:15 – 12:00

Soraya de Chadarevian (University of California, Los Angeles)

Scientific relations between the US and the -UK post WW II.

12:00 – 12:45

Daniele Cozzoli (UPF, Barcelona)

Penicillin and the Americanization of Europe. Three patterns of penicillin research and production in Post-war Europe

12:45 -15: 00 Lunch

chair: Oliver Hochadel (CSIC, Barcelona)

15:00 – 15:45

María-Jesús Santesmases (CSIC, Madrid)

Genetics during the Cold War: Body, technologies, images

15:45 -16:30

Mauro Capocci (“La Sapienza” University of Rome) – Fabio De Sio (Queen Mary University of London)

LIGB and the others. Creating a new space for science in Southern Italy.

16:30 – 17:15

Simone Turchetti (University of Manchester)

Sword, Shield and Buoys: the US, NATO and Oceanography in Europe, 1957-1973

17:15 – 17: 30 Coffe break

chair: Gilberto Corbellini (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)

17:30 – 18:00

Robert Marc Friedmann (University of Oslo)

Icy Shadows: American Cold-War Concerns and the Shaping of Norwegian Polar Research Policy