Call for papers: “Expertise and its tensions” A Special issue of Science & Technology Studies.

Contemporary societies are permeated by, and depend on, various types
of expertise. Expertise is also commonly contested in various domains,
such as environment, health, medicine and economics. Debates on
expertise commonly involve struggles over propositional power as well
as epistemic authority. These struggles might be about relations
between lay and expert knowledges, but they might also emerge betwixt
scientific experts, or among other forms of expertise and ways of
knowing. Furthermore, inter- or multidisciplinary endeavors create
tensions as scientific experts from various fields need to fit
together their approaches.

Articles can relate to any aspect of expertise, targeting, for
example, to any of the three pre-established topics groups: 1)
expansion of expertise in the public domain, 2) multidisciplinary
expertise and its tensions, 3) experts, politics and policy.

We welcome but do not restrict the scope of articles, on following topics:

Emergence of multiple expertise around distinct phenomena
Multidisciplinary expertise and tacit knowledge
Expertise and wicked problems
Expertise, law and regulation
Socio-materiality of expertise
The place of expertise in social services
Trust in science and/or think tanks
Science-policy dynamics
Triple helix
Expansion of expertise in the public domain
Social media  and expertise
Personal values, stances, and expert knowledge
Expertise of risk
Experience based expertise
Politically and economically motivated dissent in science
Public questioning of medical expertise
NGO’s as policy experts
Participatory expertise
Contingency of the boundaries of public expertise
How information systems and databases affect medical expertise
Big data and expertise
Tensions in the multi-disciplinary expertise
The interfaces of expertise
Semantic difference and loss of context in multidisciplinary scientific work
Emotional tensions in multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary interaction
Multiple ontologies and professional languages
Scientific misconduct
Total quality management of expertise
The efficiency of expertise

The guest-editors of this special issue of Science and Technology
Studies are: Steven Yearley, Maria Åkerman, Otto Auranen, Harley
Bergroth, Ismo Kantola, Sampsa Saikkonen, Jaakko Taipale.

Papers to be submitted should not be published or under review
elsewhere. All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to Science
& Technology Studies guidelines and procedures. For further manuscript
guidelines, please see ‘manuscript submissions’ on Science &
Technology Studies website (
Deadline for manuscript submissions is 15th of February 2017.

For further information, please contact Ismo Kantola (


7ª Escola de Inverno em Avaliação de Tecnologia


O Programa Doutoral em Avaliação de Tecnologia e a Secção Temática Conhecimento, Ciência e Tecnologia da APS anunciam a abertura de propostas para a 7ª Escola de Inverno, que terá lugar no dia 5 de dezembro na Biblioteca da FCT-UNL. As propostas de comunicação (título, resumo, autores, instituição) deverão ser enviadas para até ao dia 31 de Outubro.

As Escolas de Inverno em Avaliação de Tecnologia fazem parte do processo de avaliação do Programa Doutoral em Avaliação de Tecnologia e começaram a funcionar em Dezembro de 2010.

Os alunos de doutoramento, após um ano de actividade lectiva, devem apresentar o seu Plano de Tese. Com base nesse plano, os alunos fazem uma apresentação pública onde também estarão presentes os seus orientadores. Assim, durante um ou dois dias temos um debate intenso sobre o conteúdo desses projectos de investigação e que vai permitir que os alunos avancem para actividades mais avançadas da sua investigação.

Normalmente, os textos elaborados com base nessas apresentações e nos planos de tese revistos, são publicados na colecção IET Working Papers Series, que se encontra nosrepositórios da Universidade Nova de Lisboa e do IDEAS/RePEc.

2016 Annual Conference of the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (EU-SPRI)

2016 Annual Conference of the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (EU-SPRI)

Organized by CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden, June 7-10, 2016

Conference Theme: “Exploring New Avenues for Innovation and Research Policies”

 Submission Deadline for Paper Abstract Proposals: March 15, 2016 (23:59 Central European Time)


Conference Website:

Open Call for Paper Abstract Proposals

You are most welcome to participate in the 2016 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum: ”Exploring New Avenues for Innovation and Research Policies” organized by CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden on June 7-10, 2016.

The key objectives of the conference are to provide a forum for scholars interested and active in the areas of research and innovation policy analysis to exchange ideas and present findings across disciplinary boundaries as well as interaction between researchers and policy-makers/politicians. Participants from all countries and from any relevant disciplines are welcome to submit paper abstract proposals! Accepted proposals will be the basis for presentations at the conference. (Full papers are not to be submitted.) We expect about 150 – 200 participants.

  1. Conference sub-themes

Innovation policy and research policy are understood here as actions by public and semi-public organizations that influence, respectively, innovation and research. Research policy has been examined theoretically and empirically for many decades while innovation policy is gradually becoming established as an independent policy area. As more and more new initiatives are being undertaken in all parts of the world, new innovation policy instruments are being created and new public policy agencies are being established – at international, national, regional and local levels.

The Lund EU-SPRI Annual Conference 2016 welcomes both conceptual/theoretical and empirical contributions that provide scientific underpinnings for innovation and research policies. We welcome papers focusing on policies as the object of analysis as well as papers addressing the policy implications of other related kinds of analyses. Conference paper abstract proposals on the following sub-themes [em>and related ones

  • Knowledge foundations for research and innovation policies
  • The relationship between innovation theory and innovation policy
  • The development of innovation policy as an independent area, and its interactions with other policy areas (education, climate, health, entrepreneurship, employment, growth, industrial policies)
  • The particular relationships between innovation policy and research policy – should they be separate or integrated?
  • The history of innovation policy as a research area
  • Research methods in innovation and research policy analysis
  • Challenges in designing, organizing, governing, implementing and evaluating innovation and research policies (rationales for policy, policy objectives, use of indicators and comparative studies to identify policy problems and their causes, policy development, policy learning, etc.)
  • The practice of innovation and research policies across different countries and regions (both developed and developing countries/regions)
  • Emerging themes and topics such as:
    • Innovation and research policies to solve societal problems, satisfy human needs and mitigate grand challenges, e.g. policies related to sustainability transitions, social innovation, green innovation and smart specialization
    • Tensions between innovation policies based on the linear view and holistic/broad-based/systemic innovation policies
    • The relations between governance and institutions (rules of the game) in innovation and research policies
    • The relationship between innovation policy instruments and functions/activities in innovation systems
    • The development of new innovation and research policy instruments
    • Demand-oriented innovation policies, e.g. innovation-related public procurement
    • The role of the public element in Private-Public Partnerships
    • Financing of innovation and research processes
  1. Invitation to Submit Paper Abstract Proposals

The Local Organizing Committee hereby invites paper abstract proposals for presentations to be delivered at the conference. Note that the full papers shall not be submitted, although the presentations at the conference shall be based on such papers.

The paper abstract proposals will be evaluated by at least two members of the Scientific Committee. This evaluation process will be managed and coordinated by the Local Organizing Committee. Abstracts accepted will be the basis for presentations at the conference by the author(s).

Participants that do not present papers are also most welcome to attend the conference. To facilitate the participation of junior researchers and for those travelling long distances, the early bird registration fee will be as low as 100 euros when registering before 17th of April.

Paper abstract proposals may be submitted as general submissions or submitted to a track theme listed in the Appendix below. Most of the proposals accepted will be general submissions which will then be organized into as homogeneous sessions as possible. The exact balance between the number of general and track themes submissions accepted will depend on the number of high-quality proposals in each category.

Submission Deadline for Paper Abstract Proposals: Extended to March 15, 2016 (23:59 Central European Time)

  1. Contact & other information:

Local Organizing Committee:


  • Charles Edquist, CIRCLE – Coordinator
  • Lars Coenen, CIRCLE
  • Johan Miörner, CIRCLE – Project secretary (
  • Josefina Moe, CIRCLE
  • Jerker Moodysson, CIRCLE
  • Lionel Sack, CIRCLE
  • Sam Tavassoli, CIRCLE
  • Michaela Trippl, CIRCLE
  • Elena Zukauskaite, CIRCLE

The sociological gaze on science and society relations – deadline April 7

Call for papers

The sociological gaze on science and society relations



Organized by Research Network 24 – Sociology of Science and Technology Network (SSTNET) of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal


Keynote speakers

Massimiano Bucchi (University of Trento) and Maja Horst (University of Copenhagen)


20-21 June 2016, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon


Over the past few decades, the (lack of) connections between science and society have often been seen as a ‘social problem’ that needs to be addressed, given rise to specific public policies and the emergence of a new field of scientific enquiry. Under labels as different in meanings and implications as “scientific literacy”, “public understanding of science”, “public engagement with science” or “science with and for society”, the way citizens relate to science and scientists engage with society has been seen as problematic. Scientists tend to see citizens as lacking in scientific knowledge and showing little support for science. The public tends to see science as distant from their interests and concerns. A wide array of undertakings has been developed for bridging this gap, compelling scientists into adding yet another range of skills and activities to an already increasingly demanding profession. Conversely, the expectations of what citizens need to know and have an opinion about are also on the rise, deferring to them in part the responsibility to prevent scientific development with undesirable consequences.

Though this field has attracted the attention of scholars from different disciplines, sociology can offer a unique perspective, based on a plurality of theoretical and methodological approaches. Sociological insights may prove particularly useful for examining the construction of science-society relations as a ‘social problem’ and how this construction depends on changing roles of science in contemporary societies and broader socio-economic and political-ideological contexts, such as neo-liberal governance discourses. Sociological approaches may analyse the plurality of actors involved in science-society relations and the networks they establish, the role of power elites from the political and economic sphere, the impact of such demands on the organisation of research institutions and career development, the particular ways different disciplines engage with the public, or the power relations that underlie encounters between scientists and citizens.

We particularly encourage contributions that critically reflect on science and society relationships and the ways in which these relationships are expected to change.


Key dates:

An abstract of up to 500 words, containing an outline of the paper, including methodology as well as the expected contribution of the paper, should be submitted by e-mail to Ana Delicado:

7 April 2016: Deadline for submission

15 April 2016: Notification of acceptance


Workshop Organizing Committee:

Ana Delicado, Committee chair:

Harald Rohracher, SSTNET chair:

Katarina Prpic:

Fabienne Crettaz von Roten:

Inge van der Weijden, SSTNET co-chair:

Bernhard Wieser,

No fees are charged for participation and no funds are available to SSTNET to cover travel or accommodation expenses. Further information about the workshop venue, accommodation and useful details about host-city will be provided later.

EASST/4S Conference. Barcelona 2016: Call for papers and closed sessions

4S and EASST have issued a a call for papers and closed sessions for the 2016 Joint Meeting that will take place from August 31st to September 3rd in Barcelona  The deadline for submission of individual papers and closed session proposals is 21 February 2016.
Titled ‘Science & technology by other means: Exploring collectives, spaces and futures,’ the conference highlights how science and technology are increasingly performed, shaped and developed ‘by other means’; that is, in a variety of exploratory activities that include the articulation of collectives that do not fit with the traditional actors and institutions of science and technology, or in ways that problematize the established hegemonies involved in the production of knowledge and technologies.

This call invites not just traditional papers but also proposals for alternative forms of communication and interaction, including new ways and new media for presenting, sharing, producing and disseminating research projects and outcomes.

Participation in the conference will be limited to a maximum of two interventions per person: only one paper presentation and an optional additional engagement in other activities in the conference (e.g. acting as session chair or discussant).

Paper proposals for open tracks

You do NOT need to be a current member of EASST or 4S to propose a paper (but you will need to provide us with contact details as part of the process, and to register for the conference if your paper is accepted).

All paper proposals must be made to specific open tracks via the ‘Propose a paper’ link placed beneath the track abstract on each open track’s webpage.

Paper proposals should include: a paper title (no more than 10 words); author/co-authors; a short abstract (maximum 300 characters including spaces) and a long one (up to 250 words). The long abstract will be shown on the web and the short one is what will be displayed in the conference programme.

Closed sessions

These are submitted as a set with a number of papers with a shared focus. Closed sessions proposals would ideally comprise one or two 90 minutes slots with around 15 minutes per presentation.

Those interested in submitting a closed session should send an email expressing their interest to <>. They will be informed of the procedure they should follow to submit their proposal and the paper abstracts included in the session.

STS Conference Graz 2016

The 15th STS Conference Graz 2016 will take place on May 9 and 10, 2016.

Abstract Submission

The abstract needs to be submitted online.

It should not exceed 500 words, max. 5 keywords, and the abstract with authors’ contact details should be submitted by using the online form.

Please indicate the number of the session in which your presentation should be included.

Abstracts and full papers (to be submitted after the conference) will be published as online-proceedings (ISSN).

Abstract submission deadline: 29th January 2016

Notification on abstracts by: beginning of February 2016

Conference language: English

See the 2015 proceedings here:

Confirmed keynote speaker:

Andreas Knie, WZB – Berlin Social Science Center

Heather Laube, University of Michigan-Flint, Sociologie and Women´s & Gender Studies

Maria Rentetzi, National Technical University of Athens, Dept. of Humanties, Social Sciences and Law

Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Sociology

S&T Indicators Conference

The 21st S&T Indicators Conference will take place in Valencia (Spain) on
14-16thSeptember 2016.

We invite submission of papers, posters and special sessions to the 21st
edition of the STI conference series.

Deadline: March 14th, 2016

For further details see:

*Theme: Peripheries, frontiers and beyond*

This year, the conference aims to stimulate reflection on the challenges
posed to S&T indicator development and use in geographical, cognitive or
social spaces that are peripheral or marginal to the centres of economic,
scientific or technological activity. We propose to identify, describe and
analyse the problems that emerge in situations and spaces where indicators
are used beyond their scope of validity. The conference aims to offer an
international platform to propose, and discuss, alternative approaches and

*The conference will include Special Tracks on:*

1            Data infrastructure and data quality for evolving research
metrics. Led by *Cameron Neylon* (PLoS One)

2            International benchmarking of innovation: challenges and
adequacy for developing and developed regions. Led by *Luciana Marins* (UNESCO
Institute of Statistics).

3            Measuring diverse research ?qualities?: indicators of societal
impact, engagement, participation, and local relevance. Led *Judith
Sutz* (Univ.
Rep?blica, Uruguay)

4            Collaborations, mobility and internationalization. Led by *Rigas
Arvanitis* (IFRIS, IRD, France)

5            Social sciences and the humanities. Led *Thed van Leeuwen *(CWTS,
Leiden University).

*Other topics include:*

1            Data infrastructure for research metrics

2            Social media and alternative metrics

3            Visualisation for policy and evaluation

4            How do indicators shape research agendas?

5            Evaluation of mission-oriented research

6            Science participation and communication

7            Inclusive innovation and grassroots innovation

8            Indicators for sustainable development in socio-economic

9            Gender and gendered research and innovation

10      International benchmarking of innovation: challenges and adequacy

11      Innovation, creativity and culture

*Submissions types:*

1            Short paper with a description of a completed study (max 3,000

2            Research in progress paper (max 1,500 words)

3            Special session: proposal of 90 or 180 min. panel discussions,
round tables or a coherent set of papers (2,000 words max.)

4            Poster (max 1,000 words) with an abstract of the study

Papers accepted will be published in an open access proceedings book
(including a doi number per paper). Editors of the journals ?Research
Evaluation? and ?Science and Public Policy? will be on the lookout for
thematic clusters of potential papers.

3rd Energy & Society Conference – Transforming Energy for Society

3rd Energy & Society Conference Transforming Energy for Society

12-14 September 2016

Leipzig, Germany

Call for Papers

The third conference of the Energy & Society Network will take place in Leipzig, Germany, from 12th-14th September 2016. It aims to bring together social scientists from Europe and beyond working on energy related topics. We wish to offer an opportunity to exchange ideas and create new collaborations. We invite papers from all social sciences and interdisciplinary networks.

We encourage submissions on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to the following:

?         Local, regional, national and international energy strategies, pathways and policies

?         Theoretical approaches to energy transitions research

?         Energy, vulnerability and poverty

?         Public participation, democracy and justice in ?old? and ?new? energy provisioning

?         Spatial and geo-political dimensions of energy transition pathways

?         Communities, grass roots and self-organisation in energy transitions

?         Dynamics and patterns of energy use practices

?         Smart meters, smart appliances, smart grids, smart everything?

?         Economics of energy transitions: Green/blue economy, degrowth, divestment, and other concepts

?         Research at the nexus of energy-environment-water-food-mobility

?         Methodological approaches to energy research

We encourage submission of abstracts for presentations and posters. Workshop proposals are also welcome.

Sessions and Submissions

?         Abstracts (oral and poster presentations): 150-200 words. Please indicate your preference regarding the format (presentation in a session, poster, round table) and session topic

?         Workshops (90 min.): proposals are invited in different formats with a focus on thematic, methodological, and/or theoretical discussions. They can include up to four presentations. If the workshop is planned to include individual presentations, the workshop organizer also needs to include a title and abstract of each presenter?s paper (150 words and affiliations).


Selected abstracts will be allocated by the conference organisers to roundtable sessions. Roundtable sessions are where a number of presentations are given simultaneously at separate tables within a single room. Each table will have a session chair and the papers allocated to it will be grouped by themes. Each of the papers within the roundtable will be allocated a 20 minute slot (15 minutes presentation followed by 5 minutes questions). Computers and PowerPoint are not used during the roundtable sessions giving presenters an opportunity to think more creatively about their presentation. These are particularly useful sessions for presenting work in progress and early stage ideas for discussion with peers. If you would like to be selected to present in the roundtable session please indicate your preference on your submission.

Key Information

Authors cannot present more than one paper but can be co-authors of other papers. Abstracts must be submitted in English.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts and workshop proposals is January 10th 2016. Authors will be informed whether or not their abstract or workshop proposal is accepted by 1st of March 2016.

The fees for the conference are to be for early bird registration 50 Euro for ESA members, 60 for non-members, 30 for students. Registration will open from March to July 2016.

We look forward to welcoming you to Leipzig!

43rd Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology – Porto, Portugal, 26-30 July 2016

The ICOHTEC, International Committee for the History of Technology has the pleasure to announce the open of the Call for Papers for the 43rd Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology’s in Porto, Portugal, 26-30 July 2016
Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability: historical and contemporary narratives
is the main theme which  aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the multilayer cultural and material built meaning of innovation and sustainability and on the various roles played by technology in enabling or preventing such interplay .
All proposals must be in English, and should be submitted electronically by 25 January 2016 via our For suggestions about preparing your submission and the conference presentation, please consult the guidelines on
Any questions related to the scientific programme, paper, poster or session proposals, please, do not hesitate to contact Sławomir Łotysz, the chair of the programme committee, at