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Web Resources

The resources listed below are maintained on a cumulative basis, with new content added (and outdated links removed) on a bi-monthly basis.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 (, 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 (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) 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 (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
CFPs in English & American Literature


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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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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, 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.

Web Resources - Last edited: February 01 2015