EASST is the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Established in 1981 it is the organization which represents academics and researchers in the fields of science and technology studies, the social analysis of innovation and related areas of knowledge. It brings together a variety of disciplines and many of its members have qualifications in both natural science/engineering and social sciences.
EASST is a registered as a not for profit organisation (Vereniging) in the Netherlands. The registration number with the Chamber of Commerce is 60290250. EASST has a constitution and is run by an elected president and council.
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.
Membership is open to all who support these aims.
It promotes a variety of activities to further these aims.
At the heart of these is a biennial international conference held in different European locations which every 4 years is held jointly with the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Since the first event in 1982 there have been 15 conferences which have involved over 5000 different scholars from more than 1200 different academic institutions from all European countries as well as from every continent.
The EASST Review is a quarterly publication for members that has followed developments in our field for more than 30 years.
A new initiative in 2012 was the launch of our peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies which is available to members.
In our non-conference years we provide financial support to a range of workshops addressing issues relevant to EASST members.
In the current age of increasing disciplinary and institutional competition it plays a vital role in promoting our interdisciplinary field which is of great relevance to contemporary social and environmental challenges. You can contribute to its representativeness and influence by becoming a member.