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Mapping STS in the Asia-Pacific: Building Regional Research Capacity


The newly emergent Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTSN: see: is holding a whole-of network workshop to further build the regional research capacity of the APSTSN through raising better understanding and awareness of the histories, directions and activities of the Network’s participating and diverse STS communities.


‘The State of Latin American STS’ editors and ‘4S/ESOCITE joint conference’ pre-planning meeting


Last year the 4S Latin American Group was granted 4S New Initiatives funds to host a regional meeting during June 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the purpose of (1) developing an edited volume on the state of Latin America STS and (2) to pre-plan a proposed 2014 joint conference in Buenos Aires with 4S and its Latin American counterpart ESOCITE.

The June 17-19, 2011 Buenos Aires workshop featured a balance of about 10 representatives from each association distributed across two sub-committees. Over an opening and closing plenary and various breakout sessions in between, we managed to set out the key objectives that we wanted this 4S/ESOCITE 2014 pre-meeting and book initiative to achieve. First, the sub-committee responsible for the first objective estimated that a 2014 joint conference could attract up to 500 ESOCITE and 700 4S members for a total of 1200 attendees.


Report from the BioStep network meeting at IAS-STS in Graz, 2-4 May 2010


Between 2002 and 2005 fifteen young scholars from various countries and disciplines – all involved in STS research - have participated in the New Genetic /New Society? Integrating Science, Society and Policy Marie Curie Fellowship programme at the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) of the University of York, UK. Having a common interest and a shared experience in York, the Marie Curie fellows decided after the end of the fellowship scheme to gather together in the company of the SATSU staff, to share experiences and current research themes.


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