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Message posted on 21/02/2018


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Dear Colleagues,

we would like to announce the IAS-STS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME 2018-2019,
The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of
the links and interactions between science, technology and society, as well as
technology assessment and research into the development and implementation of
socially and environmentally sound technologies. Broadly speaking, the IAS-STS
is an institute for the enhancement of science, technology and society
The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2018 and
30 June 2019 as a
- Research Fellow (up to nine months); or,
- Visiting Scholar (shorter period, e.g. a month).
The IAS-STS offers excellent research infrastructure. Close co-operation with
researchers at the IFZ (Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work
and Culture; see:, and the Graz unit of
STS (Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies, Klagenfurt
University) guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences provide an
atmosphere of creativity and scholarly discussion.
Furthermore, we can offer five grants, worth EUR 940,- per month, for
long-term Research Fellows at the IAS-STS.
The Fellowship Programme 2018-2019 is dedicated to projects investigating the
following issues:
1. Gender - Technology - Environment
This area of research particularly focuses on gender and queer dimensions in
science and technology. On the one hand, individual perspectives of actors in
the technological field are taken into account; on the other hand,
educational, organisational, societal, environmental, and political issues
(e.g. queer ecology or environmental justice) are gaining more and more
relevance. Queer perspectives on STS are of special interest, including
analyses of the reproduction of sexual binaries or reproductions of
marginalized/hegemonic positions and normalizations in and through science and

2. Life Sciences/Biotechnology
Applications are sought in two thematic areas:
First, following some 20 years of public debate, agricultural biotechnology
continues to be a deeply controversial issue in the EU, partly fueled by
progress in science and technology innovation such as GM industrial and energy
crops, or novel breeding techniques. Research should contribute to a better
understanding of the regulatory, broader policy and governance challenges of
agricultural biotechnology, and/or explore strategies to manage these
Second, in recent years, social studies of the life sciences were bound to
large scale research programmes. In many countries, these funding schemes have
now come to an end. This is an opportunity to review these previous programmes
via collaborative engagement with the life sciences, as well as to explore new
ways of inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues when
analysing the life sciences as a social process.

3. Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign
The supply side policy "Ecodesign", and the demand side policy "Public
Procurement" are used to support the transition towards green, socially
responsible and innovative markets. Nonetheless, scientific research in these
respective fields is still limited. Researchers investigating the following
areas are encouraged to apply:
The environmental impact or the innovation potential of green public
procurement and 'Ecodesign'; the impact of socially responsible public
procurement; the hurdles, success factors, efficacy, and wider implications of
European or national policies for sustainable and innovative public
procurement and 'Ecodesign'.

4. Towards Low-Carbon Energy and Mobility Systems
Based on analyses of social, technological and organisational frameworks of
energy use and mobility systems, projects should contribute to the shaping of
sustainable energy, mobility, climate and technology policies. They should
focus on socio-economic aspects of energy and mobility technologies or on
strategies of environmental technology policy. They should develop measures
and strategies for the promotion of renewable energy sources; for the
transition to a sustainable energy and mobility system; or, contribute to the
field of sustainable construction. Regional governance, climate policy
strategies, innovation policy, participation and the role of users are
important themes. In addition, the Manfred Heindler grant is awarded to
research projects concerning the increased use of renewable energies and the
more efficient use of energy.

5. Sustainable Food Systems
Food security, nutrition, food quality and safety, resource scarcity, carbon
footprints and other challenges faced in urban or rural areas are currently
dominating the industrialized and globalized food systems. Research
applications exploring different forms of sustainable food systems, as well as
related social practices and socioeconomic/technical processes in the
production, distribution, marketing, and consumption of food are encouraged. A
particular focus lies on governance mechanisms, policies, and their
(potential) contribution to a wider transformation towards more sustainable
cities, regions and societies.

Applications must be submitted to the IAS-STS by 31 March 2018 (extended
For application forms and further information:
Please visit our website:
Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)
Attn. Gnter Getzinger
Kopernikusgasse 9
8010 Graz - Austria

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