This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Science Studies Unit (SSU) at the University of Edinburgh, under the direction of the late David Edge. Ground-breaking work at the SSU, notably by Barry Barnes and David Bloor, established the ‘strong programme’ in the sociology of scientific knowledge. This approach became known as The Edinburgh School’, and has had an enormous influence on the evolving field of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.
The SSU was a relatively small unit and in 2008 it merged with RCSS (the Research Centre for Social Sciences, by then a technology and innovation oriented centre) to create the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) Subject Group (a department on a par with Sociology and others in the School of Social and Political Science).
Through 2016 STIS is organising a series of events and special projects to honour this crucial event in the history of our discipline. Join us as we look not only into the past, but also towards the future of STIS in Edinburgh and globally.