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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Cain 2004 Exploring the Borderlands
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MSc: Join us on Open Day

Open Day 14 January 2015

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BSc: Seen our campaign? 

Next STS Open Day 04 February 2015

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Challenging Neglect: Perspectives on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Start: Nov 27, 2014 9:00:00 PM
End: Dec 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Upcoming Event: UCL Second Workshop on 'Challenging Neglect': Perspectives on Neglected Tropical Diseases 

Talk: It's Food Not Waste

Start: Dec 8, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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Talk: It’s Food Not Waste 

Two Braggs and their influence on crystallography

Start: Dec 10, 2014 4:00:00 PM

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MAPS Faculty Colloquium on crystallography

Talk: The Topics of Political Economy, a 70-year magazine history

Start: Dec 10, 2014 4:00:00 PM

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In the middle decades of the 20th century, when newsmagazines dominated North American print, Newsweek claimed the distinction of hosting the most authoritative commentary on political economy. Newsweek’s columnists were recipients of numerous journalism awards, and two of them received Nobel Prizes in Economics while writing for the magazine. These opinion columns offer a unique vantage point for the study of public economic knowledge. But, how can one read 2,9 million words covering a period of 70 years? Drawing on methods from computational linguistics, I contend that we should examine the topical structure of this corpus. By tracing the birth and death of topics we are able to identify ontological epochs, where the entities of economic life, the subjects of economic science, and the relationships between the two are remade.

Keep the Candle Burning

Start: Dec 11, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Blaikley Faraday Lecturing at Royal Institution
Michael Faraday's 'Chemical History of a Candle' was a series of Christmas lectures that he delivered three times at the Royal Institution. The final series (1860-1861) was published and became one of the best selling science books ever, still in print in English and translated into many other languages. This lecture, delivered in period costume, including live experimental demonstrations of candles, perhaps with explosions, explores why Faraday's lectures remain as relevant today as in the nineteenth century, and thus provide an exemplar of communicating science.
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