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Call for Applications for the Annual EASST Fund (2020)

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We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the EASST Fund 2020. Several successful applications will be awarded with €1000 funding.

The scheme 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 publically engaged in science and technology. EASST wishes to support a range of activities such as the organisation of conferences, network meetings, seminars, workshops, summer schools, etc. EASST is particularly keen on providing funding for dissemination of such activities, e.g. through social media or other means, like short movies.

We welcome Network and Community-building activities organised by, or leading to, the creation of national and regional academic associations or other academic and non-academic initiatives committed to the promotion of scholarly and public engagements with science and technology in the European region. Examples of activities supported in previous rounds: STS Austria launch event in Vienna, Spanish STS network (esCTS) annual meetings, Technosciences of Post/Socialism conference in Budapest, Mattering Press open-access STS publishing initiative.

We similarly encourage the organisation of Workshops and Small conferences within Europe with the potential of making significant theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the field.

Examples of supported activities from previous rounds: STS Perspectives on Energy conference in Lisbon, Does History Matter? Techno-sciences and their historically informed policies conference in Athens, STS and Development workshop in Amsterdam. Activities should start between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

EASST especially invites applications from parts of Europe where EASST activities and membership are under-represented (Southern and Eastern Europe). There is a total budget of €5000 for this call. By default, we offer € 1000 for successful applicants, but we also accept applications for smaller sums. The proposed activities can be fully or partially funded by EASST. There are no quotas for the announced support categories.

How to apply?

  • Applications can be submitted only by EASST members.
  • Applications should specify the category they apply for and include a description of the proposed activity, addressing the criteria below. They should also include the proposed venue, date, organisers and expected number and profile of participants (when applicable) along with a budget specifying how the funds requested will be allocated.
  • Applications should be on our application form which can be downloaded here:

Application-Form-for EASST-Fund 2020  and submitted to admin@easst.net no later than 10 December 2019.

Assessment of applications

The key considerations in assessing the applications are the following:

Community building on the national and cross-national level and reaching to a European   audience. Particular emphasis is given to novel network initiatives, especially in countries under-represented in EASST (Southern and Eastern Europe). Novel academic questions, new collaborations, and reaching beyond academia. Innovative   initiatives   in   academia (e.g.,   open   access   publishing) and   public engagement in science and technology. Open activities accessible for a wide array of participants and reaching a broad audience. Feasibility and value-for-money. We particularly welcome initiatives with limited access to other potential sources of funding.

Communication of award is expected by late December 2019/early January 2020. Recipients should notify the Council their acceptance of award within 15 days after the awards communication.

Funding requirements

Since only a small number of EASST members will benefit directly from the activities, an approx. 2,000 words report will be required from those receiving awards which will be considered for publication in EASST Review. Beyond this, EASST also encourages applicants to pursue further strategies to address or involve the EASST membership more widely (such as a video from the activity which can appear on the EASST web-site or an online discussion or a web-exhibition, Twitter hashtag #EASST). EASST support should be recognised in the public dissemination of the funded activity. This could involve the use of the EASST logo or a short statement on publicity or event materials. The awarded amount will be transferred against invoices after the event. In exceptional cases, full or partial pre-funding can be provided.

For further information please contact Aleksandra Lis at aleksandra.ola@gmail.com or EASST administrator at admin@easst.net .

Annual EASST Fund 2019

The scheme 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 publically engaged in science and technology. EASST wishes to support a range of activities such as the organisation of conferences, network meetings, seminars, workshops, summer schools, etc.

We welcome network and community-building activities organised by, or leading to, the creation of national and regional academic associations or other academic and non-academic initiatives committed to the promotion of scholarly and public engagements with science and technology in the European region. Examples of activities supported in previous rounds: STS Austria launch event in Vienna, Spanish STS network (esCTS) annual meetings, Technosciences of Post/Socialism conference in Budapest, Mattering Press open-access STS publishing initiative.

We similarly encourage the organisation of workshops and small conferences within Europe with the potential of making significant theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the field. Examples of supported activities from previous rounds: STS Perspectives on Energy conference in Lisbon, Does History Matter? Techno-sciences and their historically informed policies conference in Athens, STS and Development workshop in Amsterdam.

EASST especially invites applications from parts of Europe where EASST activities and membership are under-represented (Southern and Eastern Europe). There is a total budget of €5000 for this call. By default, we offer € 1000 for successful applicants, but we also accept applications for smaller sums. The proposed activities can be fully or partially funded by EASST. There are no quotas for the announced support categories.How to apply?

  • Applications can be submitted only by EASST members.
  • Applications should specify the category they apply for and include a description of the proposed activity, addressing the criteria below. They should also include the proposed venue, date, organisers and expected number and profile of participants (when applicable) along with a budget specifying how the funds requested will be allocated.
  • Applications have to made using the application form which can be downloaded here: https://easst.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Application-Form-for-EASST-Fund-2019.docx and submitted to admin@easst.net no later than 30 November 2018.

Assessment of applications The key considerations in assessing the applications are the following:

  • Community building on the national and cross-national level, and reaching to a European audience
  • Particular emphasis is given to novel network initiatives, especially in countries under-represented in EASST (Southern and Eastern Europe)
  • Novel academic questions, new collaborations, and reaching beyond academia.
  • Innovative initiatives in academia (e.g., open access publishing) and public engagement in science and technology.
  • Open activities accessible for a wide array of participants and reaching a broad audience.
  • Feasibility and value-for-money. We particularly welcome initiatives with limited access to other potential sources of funding.

Activities supported by the EASST Fund 2018

  • Workshop ‘Participant Observation and Collaboration in STS Ethnography: Generating Methodographic Sensibilities for Science & Technology Studies’. To be held in April 2018, Berlin, Germany.
  • Workshop ‘How can Science and Technology Studies help to reflect on the political crisis associated with refugees and asylum seekers?’. To be held on 27- 28 September 2018, jointly hosted by the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra and the ERC-project EXCHANGE, University of Minho, Portugal.
  • Workshop ‘Precision Medicine in a Changing Population: The Italian Context’. To be held in March 2018, Campus Ifom-IEO, Milan, Italy.
  • Workshop ‘STS/HTS Research: Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Medical Technologies’. To be held on 19 – 20 April 2018, Historical Archive of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Athens, Greece.
  • ‘A Walk on the Edge: Collaborative ethnography of Câmara de Lobos’. To be held on 10 – 20 May 2018, Câmara de Lobos, Madeira.

Activities supported by the EASST Fund 2017

  • 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. The programme can be downloaded here.
  • Workshop ‘What can STS do for Democracy’. Held 23-24 November 2017 at Aalborg University, Copenhagen.
  • Workshop ‘Making Futures: Green Alternatives and STS Interventions’. Held 24-25 November 2017 at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
  • 3 day book sprint ‘Science and Technology on the Periphery: A Manifesto’. Revised dates: 19-21 October 2017 at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.
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