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Programme 8th IAS-STS Annual Conference

4th - 5th May 2009
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. Therefore IAS-STS hosts international fellows and research associates through its fellowship programme. Additionally the institute organizes an annually conference on “Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies”.
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 –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.
Session call: "Participatory technology design: SET (science-engineering-technology) and youth"
Technology plays a major role in the daily life of many young people. However, there are only a few girls and boys who consider to eventually work in this seminal field. This workshop focuses on the one hand on

  • current research in this field of SET and youth and on the other hand on
  • participatory technology projects addressing young people (for instance connecting SET with other youth interests).

We are especially interested in results of research projects using a participatory approach considering gender equality and interdisciplinarity as well.
Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Human Genetics and Agricultural Biotechnology
A main focus of the conference will lie on research projects providing a critical analysis of human genetic research or of agricultural 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.
Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)
SCP seeks to promote social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems. New strategies and concrete tools are needed to change individual and institutional patterns of consumption and to enhance corporate responsibility (CR) of organisations. Researchers investigating patterns of consumption and intervention strategies to promote sustainable lifestyles among both public and private consumers or working within the thematic field of ecological product policy are encouraged to give a presentation. Research projects integrating product assessment tools such as LCA, carbon footprint, MIPS or related methods are also of special interest.
Energy and Climate
Presentations in this field should develop appropriate measures and strategies for the promotion of renewable energy sources and for the transition to a sustainable energy system. Regional governance, climate policy strategies, innovation policy and the role of users in the area of energy technologies should play an important role.
Information and Communication Technologies
The fifth focus of the conference will be put on novel developments based on ICT from an STS point of view. Topics like ICT and agency, ubiquitous computing or ICT and mobility shall be analysed with respect to their wider social and political implications. Further issues of interest are the social shaping of ICT developments, innovation policies, risk management and participatory approaches to the design of ICT systems and applications.
The 8th IAS-STS conference invites all current and former fellows of the Institute for Advanced Studies as well as other interested researchers in the area of science and technology studies. This conference provides a forum to discuss on a broad variety of topics in the STS field and especially papers are encouraged which include some aspects of the above mentioned conference themes.
Abstracts should include no more than 250 words, comprising detailed contact information, affiliation and specification of conference theme you are referring to. Submission of abstracts should please be send to Daniela Freitag, conference@ifz.tugraz.at before Monday, 12th January 2009.
We also appreciate proposals for specific sessions concerning the conference themes. Submissions of session preference have to include a preliminary title of the session, including possible speakers and a short information on issues discussed in this session (less than 250 words) and should be send to the above mentioned email address before Monday, 12th January 2009.
We also welcome participants attending the conference without presenting a paper themselves.
Conference fee
100 € (including conference folder, coffee breaks, lunch sessions)
No Conference fee needs to be paid by current fellows of the IAS-STS fellowship programme 2008/09 and graduate or PhD students.
Grants covering conference fee
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
We are in the position to offer grants partly covering travel expenses for graduate or PhD students up to 50 percent of their travel costs with a maximum amount of 100 €. Additionally we are able to cover partly travel expanses for researchers from central, eastern and south-eastern Europe, who face difficulties to cover their travel expanses. If you want to apply for the partly covered travel grant please checkmark it in the registration form by Mo, 23rd March 2009. Partly Travel Expenses Grant will be paid after depositing your original tickets (eg. train, flight tickets,…) at the IAS-STS office.
Conference Venue
IFZ- Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture
Schlögelgasse 2
8010 Graz, Austria

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