Virginie Tournay joined the CNRS in 2006 and CEVIPOF-Sciences Po in 2013. She holds a PhD in political science awarded by Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne. She also holds a Master’s in molecular biology and in sociology, both awarded by Paris V René Descartes. She spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. She was awarded the CNRS bronze medal in 2011 for her work on developing a theoretical framework for a pragmatic approach to the study of institutions. Her research focuses on the politics of “living matter”, scientific mediations and political transformations of digital technologies. She lectures on the political challenges of artificial intelligence at Sciences Po and was a columnist in “Pour la Science”, a monthly magazine on international scientific news.

She has been Principal Investigator for two grants from the French National Research Agency: Medical uses of human stem cells facing regulation (Theracels: 2008-2012); Designing life – What cultural issues for ongoing biotechnologies? (ComingGen: 2019-2023)

She initiated the tribune “Scientific Culture Must Be Reclaimed” (106 signatories approx.) The tribune seeks institutional solutions to mobilize public authorities against the deregulation of the scientific information market. https://reconqueteculturescientifique.wordpress.com/blog/

She has served on two CNRS committees, the HCB and the Bartolone-Winock commission on institutions. Virginie is a member of the OPECST scientific committee (2016). She explores possible futures through creative writing, both her own work (Civilisation 0.0) and the writings of others.

In 2020, she is recruited by the French Defense Innovation Agency as a member of a team of ten science fiction authors: “the Red Team”. This group is in charge of doing foresight for the Ministry of the Armed Forces, by imagining “future geopolitical crises and technological ruptures involving the military” on a horizon of 2030-2060.

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