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Programme 7th IAS-STS Annual Conference

8th -  9th May 2008
Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)


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.
Gender –Technology – Environment
Women with their various interests, competencies and potentials play an important role 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.
Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Human Genetics and Biotechnology
A main focus of the conference will lie on research projects providing a critical analysis of human genetic research or of modern biotechnology. Researchers investigating either ethical, legal and social aspects of genetic testing in the medical domain or risk policy and wider governance issues related to agricultural biotechnology are especially encouraged to contribute.
Technology Studies and Sustainability
We invite presentations of research projects contributing to the issue of sustainable development from the perspective of social studies or the history and philosophy of science and technology. Papers on projects studying socio-economic aspects of environmental technologies or strategies of environmental technology policy, such as user participation, strategic niche management or ecological product policy are most welcome. We welcome theoretical analysis as well as empirical case studies and research on implementation to be presented.
We invite all current and former fellows of the Institute for Advanced Studies as well as other interested scientists from the field of science and technology studies to meet with fellows of the IFZ to participate in this conference and to submit abstracts.
Please note that you are also very welcome as a participant of the conference even if you are not giving a presentation.
Preliminary call for session proposals and abstracts
Proposals for specific sessions
Proposals for specific sessions focusing on any issue related to the four threads above are very welcome. If you would like to propose a session, please send us an e-mail containing a preliminary title of the session and possibly interested IAS-STS-alumni or other STS-scholars before the 17th of December 2007.
Abstract submissions should include all contact details, a text of max. 250 words and the corresponding conference thread. Please send your submission to Sandra Karner before the 4th of February 2008.
Please also indicate which of the four conference themes you are relating to.
Positively reviewed abstracts will be included in the conference programme and published as part of the conference proceedings on CD.
A more detailed call for papers – including proposed sessions will be provided at this site and will be circulated by email later in December.
Grants partly covering travel expenses
Participants from central, eastern and south-eastern Europe, who are not able to cover conference fee may apply for any reduction or coverage of this year's conference fee. Please announce your application in the registration form, which will be open until Monday, 23rd March 2009.
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 travel costs up to a maximum amount of 100,- EUR. We will need original tickets in return for the grant (e.g. the one-way ticket to Graz). Please send us an e-mail message in advance of the conference if you want to apply for this grant (deadline 31st of March 2008).
For any further information, please check this website regularly or contact Sandra Karner.

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