The Collaboration Conundrum: Special Interests and Scientific Research

Collaboration Conundrum Conference C3

A conference at the University of Notre Dame on November 5-6, 2015

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Click here for the conference program.
Please note, this schedule has changed. This program was updated on 11/3/2015. 

Industry currently funds the majority of research and development in the United States. But historical scandals involving industry-funded research, together with empirical evidence of correlations in some areas of science between industry funding and research results that favor industry have undermined trust in industry-funded science. Given that so much research funding comes from industry, it would be unrealistic and wasteful to dismiss this research across the board as unreliable and unconcerned with the public good. What to do?

Government reports and scholarly publications extol the value of public participation in scientific research, and a number of funding agencies are now encouraging initiatives such as community-based participatory research (CBPR). Could the participation of citizen groups in industry-funded research also increase the relevance, reliability, and acceptability of industry research? The Collaboration Conundrum Conference brings together industry representatives and experts on important policy issues such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pollution and toxic chemicals, biomedical research, agricultural practices, and animal welfare to answer questions about how to bring the public and industry to do research for the public good.

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas Ashford is Professor of Technology and Policy and Director of Technology and Law Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 


This conference will start around 9:00 AM Thursday and end around 5:00 PM Friday. A light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are provided both days. Dinner is provided Thursday. 
Click here for the conference program.

Call for Abstracts 

The abstract deadline has passed.

Registration, travel, accommodations, further information

The Collaboration Conundrum Conference will be held at Notre Dame’s Conference Center. All registered participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. 


Registration is closed.  


For those making flight reservations, South Bend airport (SBN) is a short taxi ride from the University of Notre Dame. More reasonable flights may be available to Chicago airports and the Coach USA bus lines runs between Midway or O'Hare and the Notre Dame campus. 

Please note that Chicago is on central time and South Bend is in the eastern time zone. It is one hour later in South Bend than it is in Chicago. 


You are welcome to choose from any area hotels, but space and rates cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the University of Notre Dame Morris Inn on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • The Morris Inn

1399 N Notre Dame Ave, South Bend, IN 46617

A block of rooms has been arranged at the Morris Inn (located on campus, directly across the street from the Conference Center) for the nights of November 4, 5, and 6, 2015. The single or double rate is $159.00 plus tax per night. (Does not include breakfast.)

Please contact the hotel directly or you may PLEASE CLICK HERE to make reservations online.

The Morris Inn reservation line is 800-280-7256. When calling, please indicate you are with the Collaboration Conundrum Conference.

Deadline: October 4th, 2015

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, South Bend at Notre Dame

1220 E. Angela Blvd, South Bend , IN 46617

The Fairfield Inn is located on the edge of campus, a 12-15 minute walk from the Conference Center. If you are interested in more information regarding this hotel, or to make your reservation, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Further inquiries about registration, travel, and accommodations may be addressed to Tori Davies at and 574-631-5015.

Program Committee

Janet Kourany, University of Notre Dame
Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University
Melinda Gormley, University of Notre Dame
Anjan Chakravartty, University of Notre Dame
Jessica Nickrand, University of Notre Dame 

Notre Dame Sponsors

Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), College of Arts and Letters, Henkels Lecture Series

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John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values


srpoise  SRPoiSE - Consortium for Socially-Relevant Philosophy of / in Science and Engineering 

s3  Science + Society @ State (S3), Michigan State University