EASST Review: Volume 32(4) December 2013EASST Review: Volume 32(4) December 2013


EASST 2014 Conference – Call for papers now open with deadline 23rd April 2014

The next EASST conference will be held from 17th to 19th September 2014 in Torun in Poland.

The theme for the conference is ‘Situating Solidarities: social challenges for science and technology studies’.
More details are available from the Conference website.

The call for tracks has now closed. The call for papers now open until 23rd April 2014.  Further details of the conference can be found on our current conference page.

New Issue Science & Technology Studies: Volume 27(1) 2014 – Now Available

In Autumn 2012, EASST launched its own international, peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies. For further details see our journal page.

The fifth issue of Science & Technology Studies: Volume 27(1) 2014 is published. For contents and abstracts see our journal page. EASST members can access all content using details provided by email.

Any problems please email admin(at)easst.net.

EASST awards 2014 to celebrate collaborative activity – New call. At our conference in Copenhagen in October 2012 EASST celebrated collaboration and cooperation in our field through a new set of awards. The winners were reported in the December 2012 issue of EASST Review.Council has decided to make these awards again in 2014. Awards (of 1,000 Euros in each case) will be made at the Torun Conference (September 2014).Full details of the awards and their background can be found here. Details of procedures for nominations is available here and the required form can be downloaded here. The deadline for nominations is 1st April 2014.
Amsterdamska award
Amsterdamska award
Photo from Gene Moore
Freeman award
Freeman award
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Ziman Award
Ziman award
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In honour of Olga Amsterdamska this award will be made for a significant creative collaboration in an edited book in the broad field of science and technology studies. Selection will be based on an anthology in the broad field of STS, a substantive contribution to the field; the quality of the editing, as reflected in the quality of the volume as a whole; interdisciplinarity, while not a requirement, will be valued; inclusiveness across career stages will also be valued. In honour of Chris Freeman this award will be made for a publication which is a significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation. Selection will be based on the successful development of social approaches to the dynamics of innovation, originality, and better understanding of the pursuit of innovation for societal and environmental goals. In honour of John Ziman this award will be made for a significant innovative cooperation in a venture to promote the public understanding of the social dimensions of science. This could involve, for example, a forum or discussion community, or an interface with non academic users. Selection will be based on originality and influence.

EASST support for 2013 activities

In the non-conference year 2013 EASST provided support smaller activities which promote cross-national community building. Council received a strong set of applications. Priority was given to applications from parts of Europe where EASST activities and membership are under-represented or for activities where the funds would be used to support the participation of individuals from these areas.

A full list of activities supported can be downloaded here. It is a condition of awards that a report be written for EASST Review and these will appear in the next couple of issues.

Established in 1981 EASST is the organization which represents academics and researchers in the broad field of science, technology and innovation studies. It brings together a variety of disciplines and many of its members have qualifications in both natural science/engineering and social sciences.

EASST’s objective is to foster within Europe the scholarly study of science and technology including their historical development and their role in society and in particular to:

  • improve scholarly communication and exchange in the field
  • increase the visibility of the subject to policy-makers and to the general public
  • stimulate and support teaching on the subject at all levels.

It promotes a variety of activities to further these aims including biennial conference.


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