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New Issue EASST Review: Volume 34 (4) 2016 – Now Available

  • Its editorial note by Vicky Singleton reflects on ‘politics by other means’
  • The section ‘STS Multiple’ features the work of the PaSTIS Unit at Padova University.
  • The section ‘Cherish, not Perish‘ presents the Somatosphere Blog.
  • The section ‘STS Events’ includes an interview with Bruno Latour on his exhibition ‘Reset Modernity’
  • A special feature dedicated to the 4S/EASST conference includes more than 20 articles reflecting on the issues shaping some of the conversations at the conference
  • Finally, as usual, we include some important news from the EASST Council about a call for nominations for a student council member closing 13th January 2017

For open access to all articles visit the EASST Review page.

Council Elections – Outcomes from December 2016 Elections

EASST is run by an elected body of eight members, of which one is a student representative. There is additionally an elected president. The role of the Council is described in the constitution. All positions are for a 4 year term.

Elections carried out in December 2016 confirmed Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna, Austria as the President elect. The successful candidates for the 5 council member positions were Justiina Dahl, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; Sarah de Rijcke, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Miquel Domènech, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; Aleksandra Lis, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland; and Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin, Eire. Further details can be found on our council member page. Vicky Singleton, Lancaster University, UK and Attila Bruni, University of Trento, Italy continue for a further 2 years.

Election for Student representative on Council. A separate election closed on 6th February. The successful candidate was Dara Ivanova, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Further details can be found on our council member page.

New Issue Science & Technology Studies: Volume 30 (1) 2017 – Now Available

EASST’s international, peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies now has 4 issues a year.

Volume 30 (1) 2017 is now available. This is a non-themed issue which includes three research articles and book reviews. For contents and abstracts see our journal page. Science & Technology Studies is now a fully open access journal. EASST members will continue to receive alerts via email when a new issue is published.

EASST Fund 2017

The EASST Fund aims to promote national and cross-national community building within EASST, advance new questions, topics and perspectives in science and technology studies as well as enable collaboration with non-academic actors publicly engaged in science and technology. EASST wishes to support a range of activities such as the organisation of conferences, network meetings, seminars or workshops.

The Fund now provides a standard award of €1000 per successful application and there will be an annual call.

Activities are now underway supported by the EASST Fund 2017. These are:

  • Workshop ‘Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences’. This is the first thematic workshop to be organised by the newly founded association, STS Austria. The workshop was held 16-18 February 2017 at IFF, Alpen Adria Universität Klagenfurt-Wien.
  • Workshop ‘What can STS do for Democracy’. To be held 2-3 November 2017 at IT University, Copenhagen.
  • Workshop ‘Making Futures: Green Alternatives and STS Interventions’. 24-25 November 2017 at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Deadline for abstracts of 300 words, proposing theoretical, empirical and methodological interventions, is May 15th, 2017 (full call here).
  • 3 day book sprint ‘Science and Technology on the Periphery: A Manifesto’. 29 September to 2 October 2017 at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.

EASST/4S 2016 Conference

EASST/4S 2016 conference ‘Science and Technology by Other Means’ was held from August 31st to September 3rd 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was attended by nearly 2,000 delegates from more than 50 countries.  The local team were thanked at the end of the conference for their fantastic organisation by Lucy Suchman (4S President) and Fred Steward (EASST President).  (Thanks to Govert Valkenburg for the photograph).

The local website contains full details of the theme, accepted tracks and papers and organising committees.

EASST 2016 Awards Ceremony

EASST Awards for Collaborative Activity were presented at the Barcelona Conference on 3rd September 2016 in a new style final plenary session. The photograph (by Govert Valkenburg) shows EASST and 4S award winners with EASST and 4S presidents at the end of the event.

The Amsterdamska award 2016, for a significant creative collaboration in an edited book or special issue in the broad field of science and technology studies, was made to Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America, MIT Press, 2014, edited by Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques & Christina Holmes.

The Freeman award 2016, for a publication which is a significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation, was made to The New Production of Users: Changing Innovation Collectives and Involvement Strategies, Routledge, 2016, edited by Sampsa Hyysalo, Torben Elgaard Jensen & Nelly Oudshoorn.

The Ziman award 2016, for a significant innovative cooperation in a venture to promote public interaction with science and technology, was made to The Leiden Manifesto ‐ declaration, website and international network, authored by Diana Hicks, Paul Wouters, Ludo Waltman, Sarah de Rijcke & Ismael Rafols.

Download the citations here.
Full details of the awards and their background can be found here.

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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