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Programme 6th IAS-STS Annual Conference

24th – 25th May 2007 in Graz


The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, technology and society, technology assessment, as well as research on the development and implementation of socially and environmentally sound technologies. To achieve this aim we offer our fellowship programme, organize courses, workshops and the annual conference on “Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies”:
Conference Themes in 2007
1. Gender – Technology – Environment
Women with their various interests, competencies and potentials play an important part in the process of shaping socially sound and environmentally friendly sustainable technologies – be it as users and consumers, or as experts. Contributions should focus on research in the field of women in traditionally male fields of engineering, on ways of creating cultures of success for women engineers (students, graduates), and on masculinity and the culture of engineering.
2. Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Human Genetics and Biotechnology
A main focus of the conference will lie on presentations of research projects providing a better understanding of human genetics or biotechnology in the context of fabrication, application and regulation. Researchers investigating socio-cultural aspects of genetic testing or risk and wider policy issues of agricultural biotechnology are especially encouraged to contribute.
3. Technology Studies and Sustainability
We invite presentations dealing with issues of sustainable development from the perspective of social sciences and especially science and technology studies. We encourage both theoretical analysis as well as empirical case studies and implementation research.
Hence socio-economic aspects of environmental technologies or strategies of environmental technology policy are of major interest.
We intend to host special sessions on several focus points:
a) The sustainable transformation of electricity systems and other infrastructure systems. The role of public policy, guiding visions, user participation and windows of opportunity.
b) Institutional preconditions for sustainable building, e.g. aspects of spatial planning, ecological building design, sustainable building materials and domestic energy systems versus heat networks – as well as hurdles in the dissemination of sustainable building concepts, strategies for the market penetration of sustainable building design and the role of users in all these fields.
c) In the field of production and consumption, matters of life style, sustainability communication, sustainability assessment of products and product service systems (PSS) are of major interest.
4. Information and Communication Technologies
A fourth focus of the conference will be put on novel developments based on information and communication technologies (ICT) from an STS point-of-view. Topics like embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, robotics or ICT applications in traffic systems shall be analysed with respect to their wider social and political implications. Further issues of interest are the social shaping of new ICT developments and participative approaches to the design of ICT systems and applications.
We invite all current and former fellows of the Institute for Advanced Studies as well as other interested scientists in the field of science and technology studies to meet with fellows of the IFZ to participate in this conference and to submit abstracts.
Conference Proceedings
Slides, abstracts, full papers etc. related to the conference will be published on a CD, registered with an ISBN-Number.
Contributors are kindly requested to send their 'ready to print' contributions before the 30th of June to Philipp Spaeth.
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Grants partly covering travel expenses
For PhD-students and researchers from central, eastern and south-eastern Europe who have difficulties to cover travel expenses, we might be able to offer a travel grant which covers 50 percent of the ticket costs up to a maximum amount of Euro 100,- . We will need original tickets in return for the grant (e.g. the one-way ticket to Graz). Please send us a separate e-mail (deadline: 31st of March 2007 if you want to apply for this grant.

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