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Final Reminder: CfP: Special Session on 'Technical Standardisation and STS '


The 17th Annual STS Conference Graz - Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies

will be held 7 - 8 May in Graz, Austria (very nice place, btw).

EURAS is organising a session on 'Technical Standardisation and STS'. The CfP is enclosed below.

Abstracts should be submitted via

The submission deadline is 19 January 2018.



Technical Standardisation and STS

Part of the

17th Annual STS Conference Graz on
Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies

7 - 8 May 2018; Graz, Austria

Scholars and policy makers are increasingly interested in standards development and its role in science and technology. Indeed, technical standards may accelerate science (and vice versa), facilitate technology development and in a broader sense, shape functioning of the society. For example, common measurement methods are key for scientific experiments. International communication standards are the basis of the complex communications systems we have today. Safety and environmental standards assure that minimum requirements for the health and safety of users and society are observed.

Standards frequently result from science and technical development and form the basis for future waves of innovation. The interplay of standards and standardisation with science and technology is important but remains largely unexplored. Accordingly, the session 'Technical Standardisation and STS' solicits contributions aiming to explain and explore the role of standards and standardisation for Science, Technology and Society and how STS could contribute to standards setting.

Topics include (but are not limited to):
The nature of the relationship between standardisation and STS.
Contributions of science to standards development.
Standardisation of Smart Applications (Smart Grid, Industry 4.0,
Smart Cities, etc.).
(When) do standards and standardisation hamper development in
science and technology?
Stakeholder representation in standardisation.
Legitimacy and influence of different players on standards development.
Standards and technology assessment.
Role of industry and their associations (especially SMEs) in standardisation.
Emergence of social norms in society and their impact on science
and technology.
Ethical issues in standardisation.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, have up to 5 keywords and provide authors' contact details. They should be submitted through the conference's submission system via

Abstracts and full papers (to be submitted after the conference; optional) will be published as online-proceedings (ISSN). Particularly good and relevant papers will be fast-tracked to the Int. Journal of Standardization Research

Further information about the conference may be found at:

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 19 January 2017
Notification: Mid-February 2018

Organised by
Henk de Vries, Erasmus U. Rotterdam, NL ,
Kai Jakobs, RWTH Aachen U., DE (corresponding proposer),
Niclas Meyer, Fraunhofer ISI, DE
Ivana Mijatovic, U. of Belgrade, RS ,
Anne Mione, U. Montpellier, FR,
Cesare Riillo, STATEC, LU


Kai Jakobs

RWTH Aachen University
Computer Science Department
Informatik 4 (Communication and Distributed Systems)
Ahornstr. 55, D-52074 Aachen, Germany
Tel.: +49-241-80-21405
Fax: +49-241-80-22222

EURAS - The European Academy for Standardisation.

The International Journal of Standardization Research.

The 'Advances in Standardization Research' book series.

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