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The Past, Present and Future of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

Hosted by: Prof Robin Williams # The University of Edinburgh; Hosted by: Matjaz Vidmar # The University of Edinburgh

29th Nov 2016

09:00 - 17:00

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, Edinburgh

AsSIST-UK 2nd National Conference

In 2016, to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Science Studies Unit at The University of Edinburgh and other path-breaking research institutes in this field (notably the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex), we propose a workshop to take stock of achievements in the dynamic and heterogeneous field of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS).

We plan to revisit some of the foundational debates between the various conceptual frameworks and methodologies in History and Sociology of Science, Technology and Innovation in order to understand the relationship between techno-science and society. The goal however is to throw light upon current analytical tensions and debates, and look for ways forwards. We hope to address a broad range of topics and with contributions from across the growing range of disciplines and research traditions that have engaged with these key concerns. 

Programme Outline

The morning session will examine how different disciplinary traditions and currents have contributed to Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and its strengths today.

The afternoon will go on to address what might be called "future challenges” and  also attempting to look at the strategies and practices of STIS which bridge analytical research in various disciplines with producing outcomes accessible to a wider audience – for instance policy makers and civil society at large.

Keynote Speakers:  Prof Bruno Latour, Prof Helga Nowotny

Registration mandatory and is free of charge for members of the UK Association for Studies of Innovation, Science, Technology (AsSIST-UK). For more information see Conference Programme.