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The Social Sciences at Your Fingertips

English title The Social Sciences at Your Fingertips
Applicant Debarbieux Bernard
Number 164801
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Département de géographie et environnement Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.08.2016 - 31.01.2018
Approved amount 196'500.00
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Keywords (1)

social sciences

Lay Summary (French)

Les sciences sociales au bout des doigts
Lay summary

Il s'agit dans le cadre de ce projet de développer un outil multimédia interactif tactile, sous la forme d'une série d'écrans tactiles, autour desquels 6 à 12 participants peuvent s'installer et découvrir des thématiques de sciences de la société concernant le problème de la migration en s’aidant de jeux interactifs, de simulations, ou encore de contenus vidéo, audio, et texte, le tout avec un accompagnement de moniteurs, d’assistants et de professeurs de la Faculté.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 07.07.2016

Responsible applicant and co-applicants


Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Hyade Janzi, Collège Sismondi, Genève Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Inauguration publique Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television reportage journal de la RTS, la 1ere Western Switzerland 2016

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
137814 Habiter (un temps) le "périurbain" en Suisse: Trajectoires résidentielles, identités et catégories géographiques 01.11.2011 Project funding


Research in the various fields of social sciences is directly relevant to the lives and concerns of everybody living in our society. But, the work of researchers in this domain is little known, and little taught in primary schools or high schools. In this project, several members of our faculty (the Geneva School of Social Sciences, G3S) have joined their forces to create a way to disseminate the kind of knowledge they produce on demographic trends and international migrations in Switzerland in the general public, focusing firstly on students of secondary schools of the Geneva canton.To this end, we wish to create an interactive touchscreen table, which will be used to create opportunities for us to talk about our work with these students and make them learn some facts and tools related to our field of competence. This table will include not only multimedia material (videos, photos, text), but also interactive tools, such as educational games, or animations where the users will be able to directly observe how variations of different parameters in a given situation can produce specific effects, analyzable by the tools used in our fields of research. The purpose of this project is to have the participants "play" with this tool, and the researchers talk about it with them. We seek to give rise to an interactive relationship between a researcher and the users who will (i) learn thematic information and concepts, (ii) become more familiar with what social sciences are (iii) participate to the (simulations of) research by providing themselves inputs for some of the interactive animations.