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The Earth Under Surveillance

El CEHIC participa en un dels projectes europeus més ambiciosos en Història de la ciència, el primer en aquesta àrea concedit per l'European Research Council
cehic 06/10/2009

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a starting grant for the project entitled ‘The Earth Under Surveillance (TEUS): Climate Change, Geophysics and the Cold War Legacy’, which will be held at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM, University of Manchester) in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche sur les Sciences et la Technologie (IRIST, Université de Strasbourg) and the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).

This is one of the largest ever grant awarded in Europe for research in the history of science and technology and the first assigned within the ERC programme to a project in this disciplinary area.

The five-year TEUS project will support the establishment of an international research team including Simone Turchetti (as principal Investigator), Soraya Boudia, Néstor Herran, Jérôme Lamy, Sébastien Soubiran and Leucha Veneer. Some PhD scholarships will also be advertised in the running of the project.

The research will seek to track down the ancestry of scientific studies on the earth and the environment, especially by examining how the Cold War shaped research and funding trajectories. If the recent rush towards earth science studies has been propelled by the environmentalist discourse, a big leap forward in geophysics took place because of strategic imperatives deriving from the confrontation between superpowersOur historical study aims to map the rise of geophysics in Europe in the light of these contextual factors. Among its innovative features will be a focus on the interplay and mutual shaping of the geosciences and intelligence programmes, especially in the organisation of geophysical explorations.