Scientific Director, OST
Full professor, Department of history, Université du Québec à Montréal
Chairholder, Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science
Yves Gingras is scientific director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies that he co-founded in 1997. He is in charge, among other things, of relations with OST's associate researchers and of the scientific revision of publications. Professor Gingras is also involved as scientific consultant for research services carried out for our partners.
Yves Gingras is a full professor in the Department of History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), a researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST). He held the Canada Research Chair in the History and Sociology of Science from 2004 to 2018. Recognized expert in science and technology policy in Canada, he served as editor of the journal Scientia Canadensis from 1995 to 2000. He has published extensively in French and in English in the fields of history, research assessment and the sociology of science. Since Fall 1997, Professor Gingras provides a popular monthly chronicle which is part of Les Années lumière, a radio program devoted to science aired across Canada by Radio-Canada. He has also participated on the television news programs Le Point and Le Téléjournal. He holds a master’s in physics from the University Laval and a doctorate in history and sociopolitics of science at the Université de Montréal.
Mr. Gingras has written several publications on the development of science, technology and innovation. He is a prolific researcher and maintains an important network of national and international contacts in science and technology. He was a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from 1999 to 2005 and president of its evaluation committee. An outstanding communicator and scholar, Mr. Gingras was awarded the Ivan Slade Prize by the British Society for the History of Science in October 2001. In 2005, he received the Gérard-Parizeau Award in recognition for his exceptional work and social commitment to the opening of the vast and difficult field of science history. In 2007, the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) awarded him the prix Jacques-Rousseau. This award has been given to scientists whose accomplishments have gone beyond their respective disciplines or areas of specialization, and who have successfully bridged the gap between different fields.
This content has been updated on February 16th, 2021 at 11 h 52 min.