Dr Christine Aicardi
Senior Research Fellow
Office: Room 3.1, East Wing
I originally trained in applied mathematics, computer sciences and project management, with a Master of Engineering from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France, and I worked for many years in the Information and Communication Technologies industry where I held a variety of positions (analyst/programmer, junior consultant, sales engineer, major account manager). I returned to higher education and came to Science and Technology Studies in 2003 as a mature student. After my MSc at the London Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, I was funded by the ESRC through my doctoral studies, and in 2010 I completed my PhD in Science and Technology Studies at UCL, in the area of Artificial Life.
My long-standing research interests, which I try to pursue across projects, are the contemporary history of the sciences and technologies of brain and mind; the social studies of interdisciplinary practices and of scientific/intellectual movements; the co-development of ICTs, their usages and users; and increasingly, the politics of memory in science.
I am currently Senior Research Fellow in the Human Brain Project Foresight Laboratory. The Lab aims to evaluate the potential social and ethical implications of the knowledge and technologies produced by the Human Brain Project for European citizens, society, industry, and economy. Prior to this I was Wellcome Library Research Fellow, working on a sociological history project focused on the later career of Francis Crick, British molecular biologist and geneticist, who in the 1970s moved to Southern California and became a neuroscientist.