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The Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL 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.
At UCL, the academic mission is paramount. Our ambition is to achieve the highest standards in our teaching and research.
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STS Alumnus Publishes Policy Report
Publication date: 22 November 2013
Interested in a career in science policy? Take a leaf out of Abbi's book!
Abbi Hobbs graduated from STS in 2004 with a Bsc in HPSSS. Abbi has been involved in producing an independent study into science and technology related induction needs in the House of Lords, which was commissioned by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in 2012. It was published last week and is publicly available at:
MSc prize winner
Publication date: 14 November 2013
Congratulations to Mr Samid Hamdoud, MSc student 2012-13. He has been awarded the London Centre's MSc Dissertation Prize for his work, "Creating Racially Responsible Parents of the Future: Eugenics, Sex-Hygiene and Education in Early Twentieth Century Britain".
PlosOne for Stilgoe: new paper
Publication date: 14 November 2013
Sleepwalking in Middle Ages
Publication date: 30 October 2013
This week, STS historian Dr William MacLehose publishes a study on how Medieval thinkers understood the medical phenomenon of sleepwalking. Why did people do it? What did it mean?
New book: Presocratics and the Supernatural
Publication date: 15 October 2013
STS Research behind EPSRC Statement
Publication date: 14 October 2013
Following a piece of research conducted by Jack Stilgoe and colleagues, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has just published a statement outlining their 'framework for responsible innovation'. http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/framework/Pages/framework.aspx. The statement says that 'innovation can raise questions and dilemmas, is often ambiguous in terms of purposes and motivations and unpredictable in terms of impacts, beneficial or otherwise".
STS Summer Internships
Publication date: 11 October 2013
STS ran a very successful internship programme over the summer. A number of our undergraduate students were successful in applying for the internships. The students have written some personal reports about their summer experiences taking part in the STS internship scheme. We are hoping to run a similar programme in 2013/2014 and details will be available shortly. If you think you might be interested keep an eye on the careers webpage!
Responsible Innovation Article
Publication date: 10 October 2013
Jack Stilgoe has a comment article in Research Fortnight, discussing the idea of 'responsible innovation'. He argues that 'Responsible innovation is not about slowing down innovation or rejecting ideas or technologies. It is about asking scientists and other innovators to imagine, in conversation with society, different possibilities'. The article is open access, available here…
"quite simply the best"
Publication date: 2 October 2013
STS scores massively well on the 2013 NSS student survey. In reply to every question, STS scores, on average, nearly 13% above UCL-wide results.
New Careers Podcast: Louis Stupple Harris.
Publication date: 27 September 2013
This is the first in our series of Careers Podcasts which we will be uploading for you over the coming academic year.
In this first podcast, Emma Tobin talks to Louis Stupple Harris about his career path after studying History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science at STS and his new job as Press Officer at the British Science Association. Louis gives lots of useful tips on applications, interview technique and getting internships during your degree as well as how to sell an STS degree to land you that dream job! Produced in the STS studio by our very own Sophie Osiecki in 3rd year during her summer internship.
Check it out in the podcasts section of the careers website:
Publication date: 28 August 2013
Simon Werrett spoke at the annual meeting of the European Society for Environmental History held in Munich last week. Werrett, who was a fellow of Munich's Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in 2011, gave a commentary on a session on the role of glass in making fragile and elusive marine species accessible and observable in nineteenth-century science. In the session, Christina Wessely (Humboldt University) argued that the use of glass aquaria in this period prompted new ecological ways of thinking about marine and other environments, while Florian Huber (University of Vienna) explored the way the extraordinary glass models of the Blaschka family simulated inaccessible marine environments.
100 Hours: 25 Days To Go!
Publication date: 28 August 2013
The 100 Hours project is an interdisciplinary investigation of material culture and history that will take place throughout 2013-14. Participants from STS include Simon Werrett, and Matthew Paskins, and history of science will be a key focus of 100 Hours events. A brand new website for the project is now online, and you can access it here:
STS PhD students publish
Publication date: 21 August 2013
STS PhD students publish scholarly work in history and philosophy of science.
August 2013 sees publication of papers from the 2011 conference, The Harmony of the Sphere: Kant and Herschel on the Universe and the Astronomical Phenomena. The conference featured a unique musical programme (link).
Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in Sociology of Technology
Publication date: 20 August 2013
UCL's Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to appoint a full time Teaching Fellow in Sociology of Technology for the 2013-14 academic year.
The closing date for applications is Friday 4th September 2013.
Job Description and further information
View the UCL job advertisement, HR information and apply online
Steph McGovern to speak at MAPS Faculty Graduation Ceremony
Publication date: 13 August 2013
BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern is to be one of the speakers at this year’s UCL Graduation Ceremonies. Steph, who is the main business presenter for BBC t.v.’s early morning news and current affairs show, is an alumna of the Department of Science and Technology Studies and former winner of the Faculty Prize of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS) Faculty (2005).
Professor Steve Miller, who was STS Head of Department during Steph’s time at UCL, said: “It’s great that Steph is coming to our Graduation Ceremony. She was a terrific student and made an enormous contribution to the intellectual and social life of the Department. I’m sure that her contribution will be an inspiration to graduands from across the Faculty.”
Steph will be speaking at the MAPS Faculty Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, September 5, at 2:45pm, in Bedford Square Garden. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/graduation/ for details
STS is holding its 20th Anniversary Celebrations on Friday, October 18. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/sts-publication-news/2013_06_20_reunionbooking for details.
A Science Fit for the Future?
Publication date: 8 August 2013
STS's Melanie Smallmen writes on environmental campaigners attitudes to science in The Guardian's Political Science blog.
Vacancies: Teaching Fellows
Publication date: 5 August 2013
UCL's Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to appoint a number of Teaching Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.
Publication date: 2 August 2013
UCL News has put a "spotlight" on Prof Joe Cain in their weekly UCL newsletter (link). Anything surprise you? Tweet @stsucl
3 STS staff promoted
Publication date: 2 August 2013
Now the news has been made public, we can formally announce what are, no doubt, some of the worst kept secrets at UCL.
Publication date: 1 July 2013
STS's Dr Simon Werrett has been awarded a
grant from the new UCL Centre for Humanities
Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP) headed by Prof. Lisa Jardine, as a
contributor to Leonie Hannan and Kate Smith’s project “100 Hours”. The project will involve nineteen
participants from universities and museums across the UK and USA and see five
seminars take place over 2013-14 exploring a series of objects from
interdisciplinary perspectives. A blog and website will offer opportunities to
follow the progress of the group.
Recognition for STS public engagement training
Publication date: 28 June 2013
The STS department, in collaboration with UCL's Public Engagement Unit and UCL Outreach, has recently developed a suite of new training courses for postgraduate students relating to public engagement skills. The courses, run as part of the Graduate School's Skills Development Programme, were piloted for the first time this year, to great acclaim by the participants involved. Feedback from the courses included:
Book now for STS20 reunion
Publication date: 20 June 2013
Booking is now available for STS20, celebrating 20 years of our undergraduate programmes.
- 18 October 2013, in the evening, at UCL. Booking is now up and running: www.stsreunion.eventbrite.co.uk
MSc Application Deadline - 2nd August
Publication date: 18 June 2013
Applications for our brand new MSc courses in Science, Technology and Society and in the History and Philosophy of Science, starting September 2013, have been coming in thick and fast all of this year. For those who are considering applying but haven't yet done so there is still time to apply with the last date applications can be submitted this year being the 2nd August 2013.
Both MScs can be studied full or part time and Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma options are also available.
For more information on the content and application processes go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/prospective/msc/uclmastersdegrees
Nobel Debate in Nature
Publication date: 14 June 2013
Jack Stilgoe was quoted in a feature in Nature this week, talking about the recent proliferation of new prizes for science. The article was sceptical of the importance of such prizes. Here's what Jack says “The suspicion is that these provide more benefit to the egos of the founders than to science… The idea that anyone would make a career choice based on the minuscule chance of winning, say, a Nobel, is ridiculous. Scientists, on the whole, are not in it for the money — and I am not sure we should want them to be…The prizes reinforce the mythology of science in which lone geniuses come up with brilliant ideas on their own.”
Sites of Chemistry
Publication date: 28 May 2013
Simon Werrett’s article “Green is the Colour: St. Petersburg’s Chemical Laboratories and Competing Visions of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century” will appear in the journal Ambix this month, in a special issue devoted to “Sites of Chemistry” (Vol. 60 No. 2 (May 2013): 122–138). Werrett will also be speaking in Leuven, Belgium, on May 31, on the history of recycling in chemistry.
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