Mês: Janeiro 2015


8th  European Spring School on History of Science and Popularization


Maó (Menorca), 14-16 May 2015

Institut Menorquí d’Estudis (IME)

Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica (SCHCT)

Institute for the History of Medicine and Science “López Piñero” (CSIC-University of Valencia)

European Society for the History of Science (ESHS)

Organized by: José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez and Ximo Guillem-Llobat

Further details in: http://blogs.iec.cat/schct/2014/10/31/8th-european-spring-school- on-history-of-science-and-popularization/


EU-SPRI 2015 Conference: “Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practice and institutions” – Helsinki, Finland 10-12-6.2015
Call for Papers

Welcome to participate to the 2015 annual conference of the EU-SPRI Forum ([http://www.euspri-forum.eu<http://www.euspri-forum.eu/%5Dhttp://www.euspri-forum.eu<http://www.euspri-forum.eu/&gt;) “Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practice and institutions”, to be held 10-12.6.2015 in Helsinki, Finland

A key objective of the conference is to enable research and innovation policy scholars to exchange views across their usual disciplinary boundaries and engage with policy makers. The theme of the conference addresses the role of innovation policies in supporting broader economic and societal transformation, a theme well timed in the European context but one that allows us to integrate in a novel way also other world regions, such as emerging economies and developing countries struggling to solve economic modernization and pressing social challenges.

Proposals can be made to 1. General Submission 2. Special Tracks or Sessions, and they should be Extended Abstracts of 1000-1500 words.

1.     Call for Papers – General Submission

Submissions are welcome in any area of science and technology and innovation policy, but we especially welcome contributions to the General Submission Track that address the following topics:

*   Research and innovation policies and broad-based, systemic societal transformation;
*   Multi-level governance of innovation and co-ordination.
*   Innovation policy, entrepreneurship, enterprises, and economic change
*   Innovation ecosystems and knowledge practices;
*   Foresight and configuration of systemic change;
*   Evaluation and measuring knowledge and innovation;

2.     Call for Papers – Special Tracks and Sessions
Special Tracks

–  Social innovation futures: Beyond Policy Panacea and Conceptual Ambiguity.

–  The missing links – demand based policy making and instruments in the context of mission orientation: Concepts, impacts, governance challenges.

–  Changing innovation policy and governance for sustainability transitions

–  Innovation and Collaboration to tackle societal challenges and promote development.

–  Smart Policies, Innovation and Transformation of Manufacturing Industries.

–  Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for Academia and Industries: Game Changer of Same Old Rhyme?

Special Sessions

–  Modelling Transitions to Sustainability: Advances in theory and applications for policy.

–  Innovation Capacity Enhancement Policies in Developing Countries

–  Transforming Innovation Policy.

–  The Changing Role of S&T Indicators in the Governance of Science.

–  Opening Up the Innovation System Framework Towards New Actors and Institutions

Complete call text and information is available at: http://euspri-helsinki2015.org/?page_id=161


EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) IRCRES Rome, Italy

Announcement and Call for Papers

EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) IRCRES Rome, Italy

14-15-16 October 2015


The EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) “Crossing boundaries in
scientific knowledge creation and transmission: trends, challenges and policy
implications” will take place in Rome, 14-15-16 October 2015, and is organized
by the IRCRES CNR- Institute of Research on Economic Sustainable Growth
(former CERIS-CNR).

Scientific knowledge creation and transmission have been studied mostly
focusing on institutions, people and domains of expertise, circumscribing them
within geographical, institutional, disciplinary and cultural boundaries
(Akkerman and Bakker, 2011). Today the increasing interest toward boundaries
crossing in knowledge creation and transmission emerges because of the
complexity and heterogeneity which characterize more and more scientific
knowledge. Studies on boundaries crossing represent a new and increasing
strand of literature in different disciplines -social and political sciences,
economics, educational studies, psychology, etc.. (Kaufmann and Tödtling,
2001; Ravinet, 2008). The term boundary crossing refers to the “negotiation
and combination of ingredients from different contexts to achieve hybrid
situations” and it might concern, among the other, the work of scientists,
policy makers’ activities and institutions’ collaborations patterns
(Engestrom, 1995).

Different types of boundaries are considered: disciplinary and sectoral
boundaries, geographical and collaboration boundaries, organizational and
institutional boundaries.

Disciplinary and sectoral boundaries crossing increasingly characterize
research and higher education policies today through the creation of new
fields of science which pull together traditional scientific fields and let
emerge new “modes” of knowledge production which go beyond traditional
knowledge creation and transmission boundaries and allow reframing the
“conventional hierarchies of knowledge, expertise and practice” (Nowotny,
2007; Kogan, 2005).

Geographical and collaboration boundaries crossing drives the attention on new
mechanisms of delegation and coordination in trans-border and international
collaborations of HEIs and institutions, on transformation of research
networks and mobility trends in education and research. This allows
scrutinizing variable and flexible schemes (Holzinger & Schimmelfennig, 2012)
behind the construction of the Europe of Knowledge today and changes in the
reallocation of powers within and across research structures and research
groups (Klijn, 2008; Hoekman et al., 2010).

Organizational and institutional boundaries crossing considers changes in the
relationship between the State and academic institutions and between science
and society, questioning the nature of public science as a whole (Lascoumes
and Le Gales, 2007) letting emerge different HEIs internal governance
arrangements and relationships with external actors (industries, stakeholders,
State) (Engestrom, Sannino, 2010; Dimitrova, 2010).

The conference aims at fostering wide and in depth discussion on the learning
and transformative potential stemming from disciplinary, geographical and
cultural boundaries crossing as well as on the highly diversified mechanisms
of actions which can take place at boundaries (i.e. coordination and
networking activities and policies). Different developments of the concept and
of properties of boundaries in knowledge creation and transmission will be
investigated. Policies implications of boundaries crossing and its effects on
governance arrangements at the national and EU level will also be discussed.
Consideration of policy implications with respect to the shifts observed in
traditional knowledge creation and transmission boundaries will be at the core
of the conference discussion.
Conference Tracks

We invite early career researchers and junior scholars to participate and
present their research at the conference on the following themes and streams:

T1) Crossing boundaries in Education and Research: patterns and geography of

T2) New concept, role and practice of academic institutions: merging old
mission with new challenges;

T3) Changing patterns of collaboration in research and innovation;

T4) Beyond standardization in knowledge transmission: changing environments
and emerging instruments;

T5) Open track on relevant issues related to main conference themes.

Suggested streams for contributors (although not limited to this list):

ü Universities facing complexity: crossing institutional, geographic and
disciplinary boundaries

ü Crossing boundaries in a context of knowledge transfer and innovation: main
actors and bargaining processes

ü Participation and collaboration in education and research against
specialization and fragmentation

ü Rethinking PhD beyond disciplinary and research practice boundaries

ü Crossing boundaries within systems of innovation: what interactions between
science and industry?

ü Collaborative work and learning environments transformations: from
networking to knotworking

ü Tackling grand challenges through networking: European and international
dimensions in scientific research

ü New instruments and environments for knowledge transmission

ü Opening and widening the access to scientific knowledge: modifying the
concept of knowledge?

Format of the conference

The conference includes plenary sessions, paper presentations in five parallel
paper sessions and one dedicated poster session (10 posters accepted) for PhD
students at the first stage of their programme presenting their work as

Five speakers are invited to deliver keynote presentations related to the
conference theme.

Each paper presentation will be allocated 30 min of time, 20 min presentation
and 10 min comments. Each paper will be assigned a discussant performed by a
presenter in the same session who will provide comments and suggestions on the
work presented. We aim to promote reflection and discussion among the audience
and thus make the conference a more valuable experience for both presenters
and listeners.


The conference aims at involving up to 30 participants working in the fields
of Higher Education and Innovation studies.

The conference aims at involving primarily:

– doctoral students in the last year of their programme

– post-doctoral researchers

– research assistants having obtained the PhD within 5 years

Ten PhD students at the first stage of their programme presenting their PhD
work as poster can also be accepted if the work is directly related to the
Conference theme.

Priority will be given to postdoctoral researchers and to applicants from
EU-SPRI members’ organizations.
Participants from different social science areas are welcome (sociology,
economics, political sciences, public policy, organization studies and
innovation studies). Participants from other fields, such as natural sciences
and life sciences, are also welcome.
Abstract submission and registration

Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract (400-600 words) and
the CV which should indicate PhD dissertation topic and, for research
assistants and post-doctoral researchers, main research projects. Proposals
should be submitted by email to the following address
eccrome@ircres.cnr.it<mailto:eccrome@ircres.cnr.it> as PDF file. Deadline for
submitting the abstract is 1st April 2015. Registrations also open 1st April

Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, the coherence with the
conference theme and CV of presenters. Notification of acceptance will be
notified by mid May 2015.

Selected authors should confirm their participation by 30th June 2015. Full
papers (5000-7000 words) are due by 15th September 2015.

It will be possible to submit a Poster proposal for very preliminary studies,
works in progress, or early-stage research projects for which consolidated
results are not yet available.

Conference fee

The conference is free of charge for participants from EU-SPRI forum
organizations. The organization will cover accommodation for two nights,
lunches, conference material and the conference dinner.

The conference fee for participants from outside EU-SPRI forum is Euro 250
(includes conference material, lunches and accommodation up to two nights).
The fee does not include the cost of the conference dinner (euro 30
approximately). Payment of the fee should be made by bank transfer during
registration or by 30th June 2015 at the latest.

All participants should cover their own travel costs.

Conference location and main deadlines

Conference will take place in Rome, 14-15-16 October 2015, at IRCRES CNR-
Institute of Research on Economic Sustainable Growth (former CERIS-CNR) Via
dei Taurini 19, Rome Italy.

Further details on conference arrangements can be found on the IRCRES
dedicated web pages http://www.ircres.cnr.it/index.php/it/call-for-papers

Main deadlines

Call open

beginning January 2015

Registrations open

Abstracts submission

1st April 2015

Due by 1st April 2015

Notification of acceptance

By mid May 2015

Registration (and payment of the fee)

By 30th June 2015

Full papers

Due by 15th September 2015


The “European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation”
(Eu-SPRI Forum) aims to strengthen the vibrant but dispersed interdisciplinary
community of researchers focusing on interdisciplinary dimensions related to
policy and governance in the field of knowledge creation and innovation. The
Eu-SPRI Forum was founded in Paris in June 2010 and has presently 15
member<http://www.euspri-forum.eu/our_members/&gt; institutions.

Contact person

Emilia Primeri


Local Organising committee

Dr. Emilia Primeri

Dr. Giovanni Cerulli

Dr. Emanuela Reale

Dr. Bianca Potì

Dr. Antonio Zinilli

Dr. Andrea Orazio Spinello

Dr. Lucio Morettini

V Encuentro de la Red esCTS – Llamada a la participación

¿Me lo dices o te lo cuento? Desbordes de los límites de la academia

Madrid, 1-3 de julio de 2015

Vivimos tiempos intensos, instalados en un presente dramático y expectantes ante un futuro esperanzador. La Universidad atraviesa una profunda transformación que se extiende de un lado a otro del globo: precarización de sus condiciones laborales, una educación cada vez menos accesible, medios insuficientes para la investigación y unas ciencias sociales acorraladas por unas políticas ciegas a su valor social. La situación que la academia atraviesa es un indicador de la crisis generalizada que asola nuestra sociedad. Los encuentros previos de la Red han dado cuenta de este proceso, en ellos hemos tratado de visibilizar la sensibilidad epistémica de los estudios de la ciencia y la tecnología (Madrid 2011) y hemos intentado trascender los diagnósticos agoreros para alumbrar una ciencia social esperanzada y esperanzadora (Oviedo, 2012). En las dos últimas ediciones hemos invocado un ejercicio de escepticismo crítico frente a las instituciones convencionales (Barcelona 2013) y dado cuenta de la diáspora generalizada de muchas de nosotras dentro de la academia (Salamanca 2014).

Los desafíos a los que nos enfrentamos parecen desbordarnos, por ello queremos explorar en este encuentro cómo sería una respuesta común en alianza con quienes se ubican más allá de la academia. Los estudios sociales de la ciencia y la tecnología llevan décadas mostrándonos que el conocimiento sólido y fundado no es únicamente elaborado por las instituciones científicas ni por los expertos tradicionales. Aficionadas, colectivos activistas, asociaciones ciudadanas, nuevas infraestructuras digitales, grupos de pacientes concernidos, espacios híbridos para la producción de conocimiento… son todos ellos actores cada vez más relevantes en la producción de conocimiento y en el alumbramiento de nuevas prácticas epistémicas. Habilitar interfaces entre ellos y la universidad es un tema de creciente interés para los estudios sociales de la ciencia y la tecnología y a ellos se ha aproximado la Red esCTS en los últimos años. En nuestro quinto encuentro queremos explorar cómo podríamosrelacionarnos con quienes ponen en práctica otros modos de hacer investigación y producir conocimiento.

El lema de este encuentro ‘¿Me lo dices o te lo cuento?’, es una interpelación imaginaria de quien antes era parte de nuestro objeto de estudio y ahora se ha tornando en la contra-parte de nuestras investigaciones. Alguien que, más que esperar una descripción del mundo para entenderse está dispuesto a mantener con nosotras una interlocución en los mismos términos. El lema intenta explicitar un cambio en la relación con quienes antes tratábamos como sujeto de nuestras investigaciones o como oyentes pasivos de nuestras lecciones. Una transformación que nos obliga a re-aprender a escuchar de manera convencida a quienes quizá se convierten ahora en nuestros colaboradores. No renunciamos a las experticias propias de la academia, pero reconocemos otras con la cuales es posible articular fructíferas relaciones. En estas circunstancias quizás debemos comenzar a reconsiderar quién debería integrarse en una Red como la presente y quiénes deberían sentirse interpelados por un encuentro como el que convocamos. Mil y una oportunidades se abren para renovar el repertorio de nuestras ciencias sociales en la hibridación con esos otros actores, ¿me lo dices o te lo cuento?

V Encuentro de la Red esCST, llamada a comunicaciones (pdf).

El encuentro está dirigido a personas o colectivos interesados en los estudios de la ciencia y la tecnología, cualquiera que se sienta interpelado por la llamada está invitada a participar. La asistencia es gratuita.

Comunicaciones y formatos
La presente convocatoria es una llamada a comunicaciones individuales y a formatos de intercambio de conocimiento. Las comunicaciones deben tener una extensión máxima de 250 palabras; debe figurar en ellas el nombre del autor/a, dirección de correo electrónico y filiación institucional si fuera el caso. Enviar la propuesta a: es.cts.es@gmail.com

Los encuentros de la Red se han caracterizado por estar abiertos a cualquier tipo de formato experimental, por ello además de formatos tradicionales (paneles, mesas redondas, seminarios…) el encuentro admite otros formato que puedan tener acomodo en términos de tiempo y espacio (talleres, performances…). Os conminamos a dejar volar la imaginación.

Plazo de envío: Enviar las propuestas a es.cts.es@gmail.com antes del 14 de febrero de 2015.
Comunicación de resoluciones: 9 de marzo de 2015.
Consultas: Para envíos de propuestas o consultas escribe a: es.cts.es@gmail.com

Red de Estudios de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (esCTS)
La Red esCTS es un espacio académico para discutir y compartir conocimiento producido en el ámbito de los estudios sociales de la ciencia y la tecnología. El objetivo de la Red es generar contextos que permitan esa circulación del conocimiento y que habiliten para el desarrollo de relaciones y proyectos compartidos.

Bruno Latour and Environmental Governance

*Call for Papers: submit abstracts by 16 March 2015*
*Workshop: 18-19 May 2015, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK*

Since the 1980s Bruno Latour has attempted to supplant the prevailing image
of science by proposing a pragmatic and anthropological perspective.
According to Latour, scientific practices forge ‘objective’ and ‘accurate’
knowledge that speaks on behalf of the world. Latour has written
extensively on climate change and ecological politics, and on the
challenges posed by the figure of Gaia for thought and for scientific and
political practice. However, he has made limited reference to the specifics
of the work carried out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) and similar institutions involved in mobilising knowledge for
environmental governance.

The IPCC is the leading international authority for the assessment of
climate change. Formed in 1988 by the United Nations Environmental
Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the IPCC
produces reports that assess and summarise scientific literature on the
physical science of climate change, adaptation and mitigation.

The two-day workshop takes as its starting point the idea the Latour’s work
can be used to explain and understand the workings of environmental
governance, using the IPCC as a prime example.

– *Download full introduction and related reading (pdf)*

Open Call and Special Issue

The outcome of the workshop is a special issue of Science and Technology
Studies <http://www.sciencetechnologystudies.org/> to  be published in
2016. A list of key deadlines can be found below. We invite authors to
investigate and explore the following questions:

– How does the IPCC function, and how can Latour’s ideas about ‘science
in the making’ provide an understanding of the IPCC’s role as an institute
invoved with climate change?
– How can Latour’s concerns about diplomacy be used to consider public
and political trust attributed to the IPCC?
– What to Latour’s ideas about science and diplomacy imply for the
researchers who wish to involve themselves with the IPCC and climate change
more generally?
– How might the framework of the ‘Modes of Existence’ project of
Latour’s other ontological inventions be used to understand the work of the
IPCC or other institutions of environmental governance?
– To what extent does Latour’s reading of democracy, and his attempt to
bring non-humans into democracy, help us to understand the politics of
environmental governance?
– How do the different actors involved in the work of the IPCC
interrelate, and what forms of translation take place between them? How
successful are these translation
– How does the organisational praxis of the IPCC relate to broader
networks and forms of action?
– How does climate change, or environmental change more generally,
unsettle our ontologies and require new forms of thinking?

Attending the workshop

A two-day workshop will be held on 18-19 May 2015 at Cumberland Lodge
<http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/aboutus>. The workshop will be structured
to maximise discussion and review of the papers submitted in April
(participants will be asked to review each other’s papers). A full
programme for the workshop will be posted here when available.

The workshop and special issue project are organised and funded jointly by
UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL
STEaPP) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Local costs
and some travel costs will be covered.
Key deadlines

– *16 March 2015:* deadline for abstracts (500-1000 words). Submit your
proposal by email to Matthijs Kouw (matthijs.kouw[at]pbl.nl)
– *30 March 2015: *invitations will be sent out to participate in the
workshop and to submit short papers
– *30 April 2015: *deadline for short papers (2000-2500 words)
– *18-19 May 2015:* workshop at Cumberland Lodge
– *28 September 2015: *deadline for full papers and commencement of peer
review by the journal

The organisers are Professor Arthur Petersen
<https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/people/petersen>, Dr Theo Lorenc
<https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/people/lorenc>, and Dr Matthijs Kouw
<http://www.matthijskouw.nl/blog/>. Please direct all enquiries to Matthijs
Kouw (matthijs.kouw[at]pbl.nl) in the first instance.

24th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe conference

15-17 June 2015, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Authors wishing to present their work at the SRA-Europe conference 2015 in the form of an oral presentation, poster or symposium are requested to submit an abstract no later than 20 January 2015.

The theme of the conference will be “Science, Policy and Society”.  Authors are invited to reflect on critical directions in risk science as well as the promises and challenges of developing science-informed policy.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Marjolein van Asselt, Dutch Safety Board

Prof. Claude Fischler School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris

Ms. Sharon Gesthuizen MP, Dutch House of representatives

Ms. Julie Girling MEP, Chair of the Risk Group at the European Parliament

Prof. Erik Lebret, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Prof Ellen Peters Ohio State University

Prof. Sybe Schaap, Senator, Dutch Senate

Dr. Bernhard Url, Executive Director, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


*   Science-informed risk decisions
*   Evidence and risk
*   Risk policy and regulation
*   Risk Governance
*   Decision-making and uncertainty

–         Risk perception at individual and institutional level

–         Risk communication and participation

–         Economic loss estimation and insurance

–         New paradigms in risk assessment and risk reduction

–         Safety and security issues

–         International and cross-border collaborations in risk reduction

–         Ethical dimensions of risk
Abstracts may be presented orally or in a poster session. Authors are furthermore invited to submit full-length papers which will be assessed for publication in a special issue of Journal of Risk Research (optional). The submission of a full paper is optional; it is possible to present an abstract without writing a full paper. Deadline for submission of full papers is 1 June 2015.
Abstracts for individual papers, posters and symposiums must be submitted to the organizing committee by filling out the abstract submission form<https://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/login/A8f1051ed-a89f-47a5-b66c-7aded79adedf> by 20 January 2015. Oral presentations will last 20 minutes. The abstract of an oral presentation or poster should not exceed 400 words and include specific field of interest, issues addressed, methodology applied and results achieved or expected.
We encourage submissions of symposium abstracts. A symposium is a conference session composed by 3 to 6 presentations/abstracts on a common topic, lasting for 90 minutes. In some cases symposia may be extended to last over 2 consecutive sessions, involving 7-8 speakers. Symposium proposals must be submitted to the organizing committee (sra2015@maastrichtuniversity.nl<mailto:sra2015@maastrichtuniversity.nl>) by 20 January 2015. The symposium proposal must contain:

1.  Title of symposium;
2.  Name of person (and his/her email address) responsible for planning and arranging the symposium;
3.  Short description of the topic and contents of the symposium (max 200 words);
4.  List of the presentations in the symposium (title of abstract and author names).
Please notice that each abstract in the proposed symposium needs to be submitted individually to the organizing committee by filling out the abstract submission form<https://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/login/A8f1051ed-a89f-47a5-b66c-7aded79adedf>. Symposium organizers and presenters must pay participation fee similar to other conference participants.
Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be expected to attend the conference and present their work in person.
Abstracts and proposals will be reviewed by the Technical Program Committee. Upon acceptance the Maastricht organizing committee will notify authors by email. The conference program schedule will be available mid-May 2015.
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 20, 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 13, 2015
Early Bird registration: until April 15, 2015
Late Bird registration: until May 15, 2015

All questions can be addressed to sra2015@maastrichtuniversity.nl<mailto:sra2015@maastrichtuniversity.nl>

CALL FOR OPEN PANELS – 4S Meeting Denver 2015

Deadline: January 18, 2015
The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is now inviting proposals for open panels for its 2015 Annual Meeting, November 11-15 in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of open panels is to support the formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S community.
Like any meeting session, an open panel is a paper session with a theme and a responsible chairperson(s). In contrast to traditional session proposals, it is not submitted already filled up with papers. Rather, open panel topics, once accepted by the program chair, are subsequently included in the call for papers, and authors nominate their paper for one or more panels. An open panel may extend across up to three sessions of five papers each (i.e. a total of maximum 15 papers).
Proposers of open panels are volunteering to chair a session of papers related to their topic. Open panel chairs will be informed of the submissions to their panel, and will be consulted in determining the panel’s composition. But because of the need to distribute paper submissions over many sessions, the program chair has final authority over which papers will be included in the panel.
For pre-organized sessions, with papers already selected, please submit a conventional session proposal during the February 4 – March 29 submission period.