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4S President’s message – August 2016


Infrastructure and Mentoring Award Announcements

It is my great pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2016 Infrastructure and Mentoring Awards.

The first 4S Infrastructure award goes to WTMC, the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture.  Professor Sally Wyatt, WTMC Scientific Director, will accept the award in Barcelona.

Click here for the extended announcement of the Infrastructure Award.

The 2016 Mentoring Award goes to Arie Rip, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Science and Technology in the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente, and the Centre for Studies of Science, Technology and Society.

Click here for the extended announcement of the Mentoring Award.

My warmest congratulations to WTMC and to Professor Arie Rip! 

Please join me as well in thanking 2016 Infrastructure Award Committee members Geof Bowker, University of California, Irvine  (co-chair); Kenji Ito, Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Sokendai, Japan (co-chair); Edward Hackett, Brandeis University, USA; Vivian Lagesen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Gwen Ottinger, Drexel University, USA (Council member); and Jane Summerton, VTI, Sweden, and 2016 Mentoring Award Committee members Kaushik Sunder Rajan, University of Chicago, USA (co-chair); Sharon Traweek, UCLA, USA (co-chair); Sulfikar Amir, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Council member); Kim Fortun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA;  Leandro Rodriguez Medina, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico; Sally Wyatt, Royal Netherlands Academy, Netherlands.

These and other awards will be presented during the EASST/4S Presidential Awards Plenary in Barcelona, the final session of the conference, on Saturday 3 September from 18:00-19:30.  As the number of our joint awards is large, we have worked to develop a format for the plenary that is both congratulatory and substantive, and that invites the recipients to engage with each other in conversation. Please come and celebrate with us, in what promises to be an inspiring close to EASST/4S 2016.

4S Election Results

With thanks to all of you who voted in our recent election, I’m delighted to congratulate our President-Elect, Professor Kim Fortun, new members of Council Gloria Baigorrotegui (Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad de Santiago de Chile), Steve Jackson (Cornell University, USA), and Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA); and our new Student Representative Margarita Rayzberg (Northwestern University, USA). Tremendous thanks as well for all of those who stood for election – Paul Wouters, LiWen Shih, Teun Zuiderent-Jerak, Rosen Bogdanov, and Tim Sacco.  The results made clear that there is community support for all whose names appeared on this very strong slate on candidates, and we look forward to your continuing participation in 4S, including perhaps a future election!

Fourth Handbook of Science and Technology Studies in press – Roundtable at EASST/4S 2016

Thanks to the contributions of many of you who are authors, and the tremendous commitment and diligence of the editorial collective (Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouché, Clark Miller and Laurel Smith-Doerr) the Fourth Handbook of Science and Technology Studies is due out at the end of 2016 from MIT Press. The latest Handbook will be available for purchase as an e-book as well as in hardcopy, either in its entirety or as individual chapters.

The Handbook will be previewed on Thursday 1st of September at EASST/4S in Barcelona, at a lunchtime Roundtable titled ‘The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 4th Edition: Where We’ve Been; Where We’re Going,’ with Kelly Moore as convenor, Editors Ulrike Felt and Laurel-Smith Doerr, and Authors Ignacio Farias, Maja Horst, Javier Lezaun, Logan Williams and Brian Rappert.  Lunch will be provided for the first 40 audience members, sponsored by Arizona State University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Vienna. Consult the program for time/location details. 

For more on the Handbook and an interview with the editors see

Call for interest in program organizing for 4S 2018 in Sydney, Australia

We’re excited to report that we have secured a venue for the 2018 meeting of 4S in beautiful Sydney, Australia.  This is the newly renovated International Convention Centre (ICC), where we’ll be meeting from 30 August to 1 September.  Our thanks to Graham Lucas, who has been invaluable in helping us to secure the venue.  4S Council welcomes expressions of interest in participation in organizing the conference program – please direct them to 4S President Lucy Suchman.

Program for EASST/4S in Barcelona

As a result of the extraordinary efforts of the Spanish sts2016bcn organizing committee, plans are now in place for the EASST/4S 2016 conference ‘Science and Technology by Other Means: Exploring collectives, spaces, and futures,’ from 31 August to 3 September in Barcelona.  A highlight of the conference will be the ‘STS Verbena’, a banquet by other means, including music, dance, and an abundance of typical food and drinks in the main square of Barcelona’s el Poble Espanyol.  Details can be found at

I look forward to seeing many of you (almost 2000 in fact), in Barcelona at the end of this month.  And for those who can’t make it to Barcelona, we’ll hope to see you in Boston next year for 4S 2017.

all best wishes,