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.
Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and agency of STS in emerging worlds.
The next EASST/4S conference was held in Prague from 18-21st August 2020.
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Latest issue of Science & Technology Studies: Volume 34 (1) 2021 is now available
EASST’s international, peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies has four issues a year. It is fully open access with EASST members being emailed when a new issue is published. To view the latest issue view the journal site. For contents and abstracts see our journal page.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30 November 2018.
- 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.
EASST Awards 2018 – congratulations to:
OLGA AMSTERDAMSKA AWARD 2018 for a signiﬁcant creative collaboration in an edited book in ﬁeld of science and technology studies presented by the Council of EASST to Jason Chilvers and Matthew Kearnes for their edited book (2016), Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics, London: Routledge.
CHRIS FREEMAN AWARD 2018 for a signiﬁcant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation presented by the Council of EASST to Marianne Boenink, Harro van Lente and Ellen Moors for their edited book (2016), Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer‘s Disease: Innovating with Care, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
JOHN ZIMAN AWARD 2018 for a signiﬁcant innovative cooperation in a venture to promote public interaction with science and technology presented by the Council of EASST to Citizen Sense Project Collective i.e., researchers and their broader networks, including Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard, Lara Houston, Benjamin Barratt, Khadija Jabeen, Francesca Perona, Adrian McEwen, Sarah Garcin, Raphael Faeh, Lau Thiam Kok as well as participants and community groups from Deptford and New Cross, including Deptford Folk, Deptford Neighbourhood Action, APT Gallery, Pepys Community Forum, Voice for Deptford, New Cross Gate Trust, and Crossfield Estate for the Deptford Data Stories developed in the framework of Citizen Sense Project.
In honour of Olga Amsterdamska this award will be made for a significant creative collaboration in an edited book or special issue in the broad field of science and technology studies. Selection will be based on a substantive contribution to the field; the quality of the editing, as reflected in the quality of the volume as a whole; interdisciplinarity, while not a requirement, will be valued; inclusiveness across career stages will also be valued.
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In honour of Chris Freeman this award will be made for a publication which is a significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation. Selection will be based on the successful development of social approaches to the dynamics of innovation, originality, and better understanding of the pursuit of innovation for societal and environmental goals.
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In honour of John Ziman this award will be made for a significant innovative cooperation in a venture to promote public interaction with science and technology. This could involve, for example, a forum or discussion community, or an interface with non academic users. Selection will be based on originality and influence.
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.