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Inria and Fing embark on a partnership covering "Outlook, digital sciences and society"

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Inria, a computational sciences research institute and Fing, the new generation internet foundation, wish to cooperate on a project entitled "Outlook, digital sciences and society". Philippe Lemoine, Chairman of Fing, and Michel Cosnard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Inria, have today signed a partnership agreement to meet the challenges of the digital society of tomorrow.

An emerging debate on digital sciences and society

Inria regularly conducts a foresight and strategy exercise, the results of which are used to create strategic plans for the institute. Discussions for the 2013/2017 strategic plan come as part of the revolution that the company is currently experiencing. Digitalisation, which lies at the heart of the institutes's activities, is omnipresent and heavily influences the whole of society. Inria is positioning its research to ensure it contributes to this revolution, but also to help the public better understand it and embrace it in their daily lives.
Work has already begun via the website, which has opened the debate on the digital civilisation.
For 10 years, Fing has been helping companies, institutions and regions predict the technology-related changes and their uses. It has created a new type of think tank, whose work is widely recognised across Europe and elsewhere. Positioned at the heart of digital transformation, Fing has nearly 300 members. It is therefore able to develop, in the interests of society and of science, close multi-disciplinary cooperation between researchers from numerous disciplines (human and social sciences, ICST), public and private bodies and associations.
Inria researchers have for many years been involved in ANR and European projects together with Fing (Autograph and Datalift alongside the Edelweiss and Exmo teams, ELLIOT with the Axis team).
In 2013, the two organisations decided to take the next step by signing this partnership agreement and setting out an action plan which in particular will allow them to jointly mobilise their regional ecosystems (the regional "Crossroads of the Possible" will be joining up with the Inria research centres). The aim of this cooperation is to hold joint discussions and to bring the debate on computational sciences to the public powers and the innovation ecosystem. 

Developing the outlook for the digital society

Within the framework of this agreement, Inria and Fing are committed to understanding how digital sciences are changing the world of tomorrow: uncertainties, tensions, gaps, thresholds and erosions. The aim will be to anticipate changes and strategic issues in order to give Inria the information it needs to incorporate new usages and practices from the digital world into its research and innovation.
Inria and Fing will work together on the forward-looking joint project "Digital Questions". Researchers will help identify subjects and take part in prospective workshops. Following these exchanges, the parties will use the results to identify areas of research and innovation that could be relevant for the institute.
Inria will also take part in the Research Connector project and the Lift France conference, an annual international conference on innovation, creativity, technology and society, events which it will jointly organise.
Through this agreement, Inria will help define Fing's action plan, alongside its Major Partners and member-elected directors. Antoine Petit, Deputy Managing Director of Inria, and Claude Kirchner, Executive Officer for Research and Technology Transfer for Innovation, will represent Inria on the Fing Board of Directors.
Jean-Michel Cornu, Scientific Director of Fing, is already on the Allistene Digital Sciences Research Ethics board (CERNA), of which Inria is a member.

About Fing

Created in 2000 by a team of entrepreneurs and experts, Fing's mission is to identify, stimulate and apply innovation within digital uses and services. Fing currently has over 300 members, including major businesses, start-ups, research laboratories, universities, regional councils, local authorities and associations.

Keywords: Fing Partnership