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Web Resources

Updated: December 31 1969

The resources listed below are maintained on a cumulative basis, with   new content added (and outdated links removed) on a bi-monthly basis.   Resources include


STS Wiki

[added: 12/02/2005]
  The STS Wiki provides an advanced, user-extensible environment for STS-related   collaboration and information exchange. Features currently include a world-wide   directory of STS programs and STS scholars, reading notes, book reviews,  bibliographies, working papers, and ongoing intellectual dialogue; however,  users will ultimately determine how STS Wiki evolves. STS Wiki uses the   same software that powers Wikipedia. All STS and affiliated scholars are   warmly invited to join in the conversation.


Networks and News

Belgian Science and Technology Studies Network


The BSTS network consists of young STS scholars based in Flanders/Belgium and links up with international scholars and institutes.

Situating Science: Cluster for the Humanistand Social Studies of Science


The Cluster for the Humanistic and Social Studies of Science (CHSSS) promotes new ways of bringing together scholars studying science and technology from a philosophical, historical, sociological and cultural perspective, along with colleagues in adjacent fields, making that work integrated with and accessible to journalists, museum workers, policy makers and the Canadian public.

Science Studies Search Engine


This custom search engine, implemented using Google Co-op   (http://google.com/coop/), searches across across all sites supporting   or relevant to the scholarly field of STS/Science Studies. Available   for public use without registration, S3E can also be added as a "gadget" to an individual’s Google homepage (for those with a Google   Account). Currently, the search spans:

1) the STS Wiki
  2) the 4S website
  3) all those sites listed under the Web Resources and Professional   Associations sections of the 4S website (these are dynamically updated   to include any sites added to/deleted from those pages).



“Humanities/Policy (H/P) consists of an interdisciplinary group of researchers   seeking to articulate and test the idea that the humanities have important   contributions to make to public policy issues arising at the interface   of science, technology, and human values. As our scientific knowledge   and technical capabilities grow, some of the most pertinent questions   remain those perennially addressed by the humanities. We place these perennial   questions within the framework of how science and technology affect and   have been affected by our public policies and larger societal values.”

The International Calendar of Information Science Conferences (ICISC)

  The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG/III),  the European (ASIST/EC) and the New England (NEASIST) chapters of ASIS&T   (American Society for Information Science & Technology) are pleased   to announce this centralized, master calendar of relevant conferences   being held around the world.


  Science news from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

SciDev.net (The Science and Development Network)

  "The overall aim of the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)  is to enhance the provision of reliable and authoritative information   on science- and technology-related issues that impact on the economic   and social development of developing countries. Our goal is to ensure   that both individuals and organisations in the developing world are better   placed to make informed decisions on these issues. We seek to achieve   this objective primarily through running a  free-access website,  but also by building regional networks of individuals and institutions   who share our goals, and by organising capacity-building workshops and   other events in the developing world."

E & S Network (The Environment & Society Network)

  "A group of social scientists, loosely organized under the umbrella   of the European Sociological Association. Our aim is to share research   findings and social science viewpoints concerning the social dimensions   of environmental care and sustainable development. European scholars interested   in this field are welcomed to join the network (you can send a message   on the page ‘Contact us’). The Network organizes the E&S sessions   at the biannual ESA conferences, as well as workshops in between the ESA   conferences. It is a platform for communication for social scientists   who are active in the environmental field, and it keeps up contacts with   other, related groups, such as the Environment and Society Research Committee   of the International Sociological Association (ISA RC24)."

H-Net (Humanities & Social Sciences Online)

  "H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars   and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential   of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites   publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for   colleagues and the interested public. The computing heart of H-Net resides   at MATRIX : The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online,  Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers   come from all over the globe."

Science & Technology Section, Association of College and Research   Libraries

  "STS, the Science and Technology Section of the Association   of College and Research Libraries, provides a forum through which librarians   in scientific and technical subject fields can achieve and maintain awareness   of the impact and range of information with which they work; and promotes   improved accessibility to and active use of this information."

The Cluster for the Humanistic and Social Studies of Science

  The Cluster for the Humanistic and Social Studies of Science promotes new ways of bringing together scholars studying science and technology from a philosophical, historical, sociological and cultural perspective, along with colleagues in adjacent fields, making that work integrated with and accessible to journalists, museum workers, policy makers and the Canadian public.


Journals & Weblogs

Eä Journal


Eä Journal is a biannual peer reviewed open access online publication, publishing papers in the intersection of Health, Science, Technology and Society Studies. The publication gathers a prestigious editorial committee and is registered in several journal indexes and is published entirely in Spanish and English. Eä Journal is edited in Buenos Aires, Argentina.



The CASTAC Blog is the official blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, a sub-committe of the American Anthropological Association. It promotes discussion and exchange on anthropological studies of science and technology as social phenomena. It aims to promote dialogue on theories, tools, and social interactions that explore questions at the intersection of anthropology and science and technology studies.

Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration


Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration is an open access,  peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of   scientific information management and studies of scientific practice,  with a particular emphasis on biomedical laboratory investigations.

Health Innovations In Context Blog


Our goal is to develop a knowledge-transfer platform and foster dialogue between journalists, patient associations, decision-makers and researchers. Each month, a new topic will be featured and various issues raised by emerging and existing innovations (prenatal screening tests, pharmacogenomics, predictive medicine) will be explored. Interviews with scientists will be available online while comments from readers will be posted. This blog is an initiative of Dr Pascale Lehoux, associate professor at the Department of Health Administration (University of Montreal) and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Hodges Health Career - Care Domains - Model


"Originally created in the UK by Brian E Hodges (Ret.) at Manchester   Metropolitan University Hodges’ Health Career - Care Domains - Model [h2cm]can help map health, social care and OTHER issues, problems and   solutions. The model takes a situated and multi-contextual view across   four knowledge domains: Interpersonal, Sociological, Empirical, and Political."


Teknokultura: Journal of Digital Culture and Social Movements resists the assimilation of social studies of technology and cyberculture by hegemonic academic sectors.  Therefore, it also resists the marginalization of research groups which aim for different modes of production and collectivization of cultural capital. As a laboratory for experimentation - hacklab - Teknokultura is a collective effort focusing on contentious aspects of technology, and encouraging increased participation in such alternative domains of work.

Directory of Open Access Journals (Lund University Libraries)

  "The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase   the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly   journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory   aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly   journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In   short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals."

openDemocracy (Science & Technology Section)

  openDemocracy.net is an online global magazine of politics and culture.  We publish clarifying debates which help people make up their own minds.  We seek the finest writing, the strongest arguments, the most compelling   views and truthful voices on key issues, great and small. We use the web’s   potential to build and map intelligent discussions which we accumulate   and index in our back pages which now include over 1,500 articles. Written   by and for people across the world, from South and North, from the powerless   to the influential, we seek to bring together those who are not well-known   with writers and thinkers of international repute.

Public Library of Science

  "The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization   of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific   and medical literature a freely available public resource."

First Monday

  First Monday is one of the first peer–reviewed journals on the Internet,  solely devoted to the Internet. Since its start in May 1996, First Monday   has published 557 papers in 101 issues; these papers were written by 662   different authors. First Monday is indexed in Communication Abstracts,  INSPEC, LISA, PAIS and other services. In the year 2003, users from 816,912   distinct hosts around the world downloaded 5,385,649 contributions published   in First Monday. In the month of October, 2004, users from 73,091 distinct   hosts around the world downloaded 528,434 contributions.

Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (ISTL)

  A quarterly publication of the Science and Technology Section of the Association   of College and Research Libraries, "ISTL publishes substantive material   of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle   for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials   for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions   on topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies   on issues in science and technology libraries, and to communicate in more   depth than the STS-L mailing list. ISTL is indexed in INSPEC, Library   and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), and Library Literature and selectively   indexed by Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)."

Bulletin Boards and Listservs

4S Graduate Student Discussion Group

  Listserv administered by Cornell University (Ithaca, USA).

Archive of CFPs Related to Science & Culture

  UPenn English Department Listserv (cfp@english.upenn.edu)
  CFPs in English & American Literature


  This list is one way to bring together scholars with a common interest   in mobility and how it constitutes the terms for social life. The list   will provide a forum: to circulate information on conferences, calls for   papers, fellowships, etc.; to post essays, reviews, or recommended readings   in the field, and to discuss issues of disciplinarity, “method”, etc.  To subscribe, send a message to majordomo@lists.stanford.edu with “subscribe gomobility” in the body. You will receive a message confirming   your subscription.


  "EUROGRAD is a listserv (discussion list) intended to facilitate a European network of PhD students, postdocs and junior scholars interested in Science and Technology Studies."

STS and the Built Environment

"To better network people with an interest at the intersection of STS and the built environment."

Online Exhibits



READ, REVISE, RANT: Some say that Nanotechnology will revolutionize life   as we know it, but what should we really expect from the future of   nanotechnology? CNS developed 6 plausible product descriptions- called   scenes- to provide some structure to discussions about nanotechnology.  These fictional scenes have been evaluated by nanoscale scientists and   engineers for technical plausibility- it is up to you to weigh social,  economic, ethical, environmental and political plausibility-and   desirability!!
  Through an interactive website, the NanoFutures experiment invites citizens,  scientists and engineers, social scientists, policy makers, and others   interested in nanotechnology to assess the potentials and perils of   nano-enabled futures.

American Elements Periodic Table of Elements


If you want information of an element of the periodic table, just click   on the element’s box on the table. Though not an exhibit in the typical   sense, this resource provides plenty of information (like the research   and uses of each of the elements, including properties, safety data and   applications) in a really cool format.

Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA (USA)

  "Established in 1996, the Computer History Museum is a public benefit   organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing   history. It is home to one of the largest collections of computing artifacts   in the world, a collection comprising over 4,000 artifacts, 10,000 images,  4,000 linear feet of cataloged documentation and gigabytes of software."


  Administered by the Science Museum in London.  Contextualises and   presents 30,000 images of pictures and artefacts from the museum’s collections.


  Adminstered by the Science Museum in London.  Presents an animated   history of technology since 1750 and links scenes to educational material   for high school students.

Online Exhibits, Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford

  Virtual versions of exhibitions and other resources.

Non-Profit Organizations and Initiatives

Reach and Teach

  "Provides education resources and development services for individuals,  non-profit organizations, and schools working for peace and social justice   in the world."

Creative Commons


Science Commons


Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility


World Values Survey

  "[A] worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change.  It is conducted by a network of social scientist at leading universities   all around world. The survey is performed on nationally representative   samples in almost 80 societies on all six inhabited continents. A total   of four waves have been carried since 1981 allowing accurate comparative   analysis."


  "Standard Eurobarometer public opinion surveys are conducted on behalf   of the European Commission at least two times a year in all member states   of the European Union. Since the early seventies they have provided regular   monitoring of social and political attitudes in Europe."

European Social Survey

  "The European Social Survey (the ESS) is a biennial multi-country   survey covering over 20 nations. The first round was fielded in 2002/2003.  The survey contains a standard set of questions to be repeated in future   rounds and special topic questions which, in the first round, dealt with   immigration and asylum. The sample size is larger than that of Eurobarometer   and the questions are more standardized than those of used in the World   Values Survey."


  "Afrobarometer is a research project that measures the social, political,  and economic atmosphere in Africa. A standard set of questions is used   to allow comparisons. The intent to track changes over time as two survey   rounds have been completed and a third is planned."

Demographic and Health Surveys

  The Demographic and Health Surveys
  (DHS+) program is a worldwide project initiated by the U.S. Agency for   International Development (USAID) to provide data and analysis on the   population, health, and nutrition of women and children in developing   countries. Its predecessors were the World   Fertility Survey and the Contraceptive Prevalence Surveys.

Regional Inversion

  Website dedicated to economic development, regional change, economic geography,  and regional science.It provides an overview of the concept of regional   inversion, the roles of tangible and intangible infrastructure, innovative   capacity, educational access, and related aspects.

Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development

  "This site is edited with a view to give both professionals and the   concerned public in general a reliable and user-friendly guide to major   instruments and players in the process towards sustainable development.  It presents both systematic reference material and informed evaluations   of international co-operation on environment and development. Through   this combination of facts and analysis, our aim is to demonstrate the   status of collaboration, the main obstacles to effective international   solutions, and how to overcome them. Most of the site’s information is   based on the more comprehensive Yearbook of International Co-operation   on Environment and Development 2002/2003."

Agricultural Market Access Database (AMAD)


UN World Summit on the Information Society

  "The UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed   the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two   phases. The first phase took place in Geneva hosted by the Government   of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase will take   place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November   2005."

The Science Fiction Foundation

  "The Science Fiction Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1041052)  was founded in 1970 by the writer/social activist George Hay and others   as a semi-autonomous association of writers, academics, critics and others   with an active interest in science fiction, with Arthur C. Clarke and   Ursula K. Le Guin as patrons. Our aim is to promote science fiction and   bring together those who read, write, study, teach, research or archive   science fiction in Britain and the rest of the world. We also want to   support science fiction, at conventions, at conferences and at other events   which bring those interested in science fiction together."

Society for the Furtherance and Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction   (SF3)

  "SF3 hosts WisCon, the world’s only Feminist Science Fiction convention,  and other events. We have supported literary and fanzine fandoms in Madison,  Wisconsin for over two decades."

Living Knowledge

  An International Network for Science Shops
  "Science shops mediate or perform research in all disciplines from   sociology to chemistry, largely on behalf of civil society organisations   - for whom the research is often cross subsidised or even free of charge.  Many existing science shops are linked to or based in universities, where   research is done by students under the supervision of science shop staff   and other associated (university) staff. However, many initiatives not   linked to universities—such as community based research centres—are   similar to science shops and do the same type of work. Despite their different   names and differences in operation and organisation, basic principles   and goals are comparable. Through this type of extension and support activity,  science shops attempt to create access to science, knowledge and technology   for social groupings that would not or could not ordinarily interact with   these disciplines."

The Silent Spring Institute

  "[A] non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to identifying   the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast   cancer. We are a groundbreaking collaboration of scientists, physicians,  health advocates, and community activists, and a leading edge research   institution using multi-disciplinary, state-of-the-art approaches."

The Food Ethics Council

  "The Food Ethics Council reports on ethical issues in food and agriculture.  We develop tools to help make ethical thinking a standard practice in   policy, business and everyday life. We work towards a food system that   is fair, humane, secure and sustainable."

United Nations Data Access System (UNdata)

"The new UN data access system (UNdata) will improve the dissemination of statistics by UNSD to the widest possible audience. An easy to use data access system was developed that meets UNSD’s vision of providing an integrated information resource with current, relevant and reliable statistics free of charge to the global community.

Subsequent stages of the development of the UN data access system will extend to UN system data as well as to data of national statistical offices - providing the user with a simple single-entry point to global statistics."

Job Search Sites


  Allows applicants to search on faculty, post doc, library, endowed chairs,  administrative and senior management jobs at colleges, universities and   research institutes anywhere. Applicant can use all their services without   being charged and employers can post a job listing for up to three full   months for US$175. This even includes email alerts to applicants.

Employment Opportunities in International Studies

  International Studies Association


  American Political Science Association
  (NB: free to APSA members only)

Chronicle Careers

  Chronicle of Higher Education

Job Listings

  Business Jobs–Environmental Jobs–Environmentally Responsible   Employers

Funding and Award Sites

U.S. National Science Foundation Programs

Science & Technology Studies Program

Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science & Technology Program

Crosscutting/Interdisciplinary Programs

Funding Opportunities page

  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)

The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology Resident   Scholar Program

  Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  "The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology Resident   Scholar Program, supported by The Dibner Fund, awards stipends of $2,500.00   per month for up to six months for individuals working on a topic relating   to the history of science and technology who can make substantial use   of collections in the Dibner Library. Historians, librarians, doctoral   students, and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Scholars must   be in residence at the Dibner Library during the award period. Scholars   wanting to do research in other areas of SIL Special Collections should   apply for the Baird Society Resident Scholar Program."

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program

  Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  "The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program awards stipends of $2,500   per month for up to six months for individuals working on a topic relating   to the holdings of SIL’s special collections. Historians, librarians,  doctoral students, and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Scholars   must be in residence at the Smithsonian during the award period. Scholars   wanting to do research primarily in the collections of the Dibner Library   of the History of Science and Technology should apply for the Dibner Library   Resident Scholar Program."

The Partington Prize

  Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
"...awarded every three years for an original and unpublished   essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry. The prize   consists of three hundred and fifty pounds (£350). The competition   is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of alchemy   or chemistry who, by the closing date…has not reached 35 years of age,  or if older, has completed a doctoral thesis in the history of science   within the previous three years. Scholars from any country may enter for   the competition, but entries must be submitted in English…"

The Victor and Joy Wouk Grant-in-Aid Program

  California Institute of Technology, Institute Archives

New in 2003, this program offers research assistance up to $2,000 for   work in the Papers of Victor Wouk in the Caltech Archives.  Applications   are reviewed quarterly, on Jan 1, Apr 1, Jul 1 and Oct 1 each year.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

  Council for a Livable World

Established in 1987 to provide college graduates with the opportunity   to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.   Twice yearly, the Fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding   individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington.  Supported   by a monthly stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time project assistants   at the participating organization of their choice.  In the Program’s   first seventeen years, ninety-six fellowships have been awarded.

Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition

  Society for the Social History of Medicine

"This prize will be awarded to the best original, unpublished essay   in the social history of medicine submitted to the competition as judged   by the SSHM’s assessment panel. It is named in honour of the late Professor   Roy Porter, a great teacher and a generous scholar. The competition is   open to undergraduate and post-graduate students in full or part-time   education. The winner will be awarded £ 500.00, and his or her entry   may also be published in the journal, Social History of Medicine."

William Osler Medal Essay Contest

  American Association for the History of Medicine
  Submission Deadline: postmarked by Feb 1

Awarded annually for the best unpublished essay on a medical historical   topic written by a student enrolled in a school of medicine or osteopathy   in the United States or Canada. Essays may pertain to the historical development   of a contemporary medical problem, or to a topic within the health sciences   related to a discrete period of the past, and should demonstrate either   original research or an unusual appreciation and understanding of the   problems discussed. The essay (maximum 10,000 words, including endnotes)  must be entirely the work of one contestant. For details see

Richard Harrison Shryock Medal Essay Contest

  American Association for the History of Medicine
  Submission Deadline: postmarked by Feb 1

Graduate students in the United States and Canada are invited to enter   the Shryock Medal Essay Contest. The essay (maximum 10,000 words, including   endnotes) must be the result of original research or show an unusual appreciation   and understanding of problems in the history of medicine. In particular,  the committee will judge essays on the quality of writing, appropriate   use of sources, and ability to address themes of historical significance.  Students enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs in history or related fields   are eligible to apply only for the Shryock Award. For details see

Singer Prize

  The British Society for the History of Science
  Submission Deadline: received by Dec 15

The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the BSHS every two   years to the writer of an unpublished essay based in original research   into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine. The   Prize is intended for younger scholars or recent entrants into the profession.  The Prize may be awarded to the writer of one outstanding essay, or may   be divided between two or more entrants. The Prize will usually be presented   at the BSHS Annual Conference and publication in the British Journal for   the History of Science will be at the discretion of the Editor. Essays   on offer or in press will not be eligible.

Abraham Pais Award For the History of Physics

  American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics
  Nomination Deadline: May 1

A major new award (initially presented in 2005), the Abraham Pais Award   for the History of Physics will recognize outstanding scholarly achievements   in the history of physics. The award will be given annually and consists   of $5000, a certificate citing the recipient’s contributions to the history   of physics, and funds to travel to an APS meeting to receive the award   and deliver an invited talk on the history of physics. For further information,  see the website of the APS Forum on History of Physics



External Collections of Links

STS Links by Theme 

  Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, North Carolina State University
  [NB: many broken links!]

Worldwide Guide to Science Studies Programmes

  University of Missouri–Kansas City

Maastricht University

Collection of STS Resources

BSHS List of Theses

  "The list exists primarily to give details of theses and dissertations
  currently in progress, or recently completed, in the history, philosophy
  and social studies of science, technology, medicine, mathematics,
  engineering and studies of mind, at academic institutions in the UK and
  Republic of Ireland."

Collection of Medical hisotry links


ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online – Science, Technology,  and Industry


Echo: Exploring and Collecting History Online – Science, Technology, and Industry, a project of the Center for History and New Media, announces   the launch of its redesigned, expanded, and improved Research Center.  Available at http://echo.gmu.edu, the Research Center is the most comprehensive   portal for the history of science on the Web, and now includes a searchable   guide to more than 5,000 websites on the history of science, technology,  and industry, as well as website reviews and annotations, and the latest   science news.