UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.

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SASsy (Science and Society)

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The SASsy (Science and Society) Reading Group provides a forum for discussing the latest developments and publications relating to the broader relationships between science and society. Our remit is wide ranging, covering aspects such as science policy, governance issues, science communication, public engagement etc. Academic staff, graduate students and all other parties interested in such issues are very welcome to join in the lively discussions.

Latest Reading

The next session will be held on Thursday October 23rd 1-2 in 114 Foster Court.  The paper to discuss will be:

Alan Irwin (2014) 'Risk, science and public communication: Third-order thinking about scientific culture' in Massimiano Bucchi and Brian Trench (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, 2nd ed., London: Routledge, 160-172

For a copy of the reading please contact Oliver Marsh or Jean-Baptiste Gouyon.

Subsequent sessions this term will be held at 1-2 in Foster Court 114 on November 6th, November 20th, and December 11th.

The group enjoys a wide representation of staff and student expertise as well as a range of institutions - external members are very much welcome to join in the discussions. If you have any questions about the group please contact Oliver Marsh.

Recent papers and publications discussed

  • Daniel Lee Kleinman, Jason A. Delborne, Ashley A. Anderson. (2011) 'Engaging citizens: the high cost of citizen participation in high technology'. Public Understanding of Science 20: 221-240. Available from: http://pus.sagepub.com/content/20/2/221.abstract

We also have occasional ad hoc discussions e.g. over a lunchtime to discuss specific issues.  An example of a recent informal meeting focused on what we termed the 'Geekocratic Tendency' - you can see further information about our thoughts on the STS Research Observatory.

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If you are interested in being kept informed about the SASsy reading group activities please go to https://www.mailinglists.ucl.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/sts-sassy to join the mailing list.  Be assured that signing up to the mailing list does not create an expectation that you will attend every session! 

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