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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Archive of STS news

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STS reunion plans - announced

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It's official!


STS is organising a reunion to celebrate 20 years of our undergraduate programmes. Set your diaries. 

Philosophy of Medicine: New Article

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The evidence that evidence-based medicine omits

Not one, but three STS staff have collaborated with colleagues from the University of Kent on a new a article which has just been published in the Journal Preventative Medicine. Dr Brendan Clarke, Dr Phyllis Ilari and Prof Donald Gilles worked with Dr Federica Russo and Prof Jon Williamson from the University of Kent on the article "The Evidence that Evidence Based Medicine Omits"

STS Staff and Students at Landmark Conference

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STS Staff at Conference

Several staff and postgraduate students from the STS department attended an important conference in Copenhagen, Denmark that took place last week (October 17-20th 2012).   With around 1800 delegates, the conference, Design and Displacement – Social Studies of Science and Technology, was the largest ever joint meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST).   The picture shows UCL STS-ers Kajsa-Stina Magnusson, Melanie Smallman, Brian Balmer, Simon Lock and Christine Aicardi just before the conference reception in Copenhagen Town Hall.   During three days of lively discussion and debate, the UCL STS party presented papers on topics as diverse as scientists' experience in public dialogue; a suspicious outbreak of anthrax and the role of scientific expertise; the conspicuous absence of STS work on science and sexuality; and neighbourhood, moral economy, and dissident interdisciplinary research.   Simon Lock also chaired a panel discussion of senior STS academics on the theme of 'Why Should We Promote Public Understanding of Science?'  The session – organised with STS’s Jack Stilgoe – was an extremely popular event, with standing room only.    “I found there was a wealth of impossible-to-attend-them-all excellent sessions on an amazing variety of topics” said STS postdoctoral researcher, Christine Aicardi after the conference, “ it was a terrific conference, as surprising and interesting as the New Nordic cuisine we got to thoroughly sample”.

Higg's Boson Podcast!

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The Discovery of the Higg's Boson with Jon Butterworth

The third episode of the "Thinking About Science" Podcast series is now available on the STS Website: at http://tinyurl.com/chyd325

Going, Going, Ghent

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STS people includes honorary research fellows and honorary research associates. These are a diverse group, with many notable names. (more)

On the winning team!

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Congratulations to UCL University Challenge team (including captain, STS student Simon Dennis) on their magnificent win last night. The UCL team went through to the second round beating a valiant University of Exeter team with a whopping final score of 240.

University Challenge

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STS Student Simon Dennis, who is studying with us for a BSc in History & Philosophy of Science, will be joining his UCL University Challenge team-mates on BBC2 tonight. The UCL Team face Exeter University in their first round fixture of the BBC's long running quiz. We'll be cheering him on!

New Careers Podcast

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Now the term is underway attention is turning to careers planning. The latest in our series of careers podcasts is now online. The podcasts are aimed at students planning their next steps but also provide useful insights to anyone interested in our degrees about life after STS.

New Book! Managing Privacy Through Accountability

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STS is pleased to announce the publication of a new book co-edited by STS Lecturer Dr Inga Kroener

Engaging Teachers in Gender-Aware Practice

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Irish physics teachers with STS's Karen Bultitude at Trinity College, Dublin.

Within STS we're always keen to ensure that the findings from our research are able to benefit people outside of academia.  To this end our Director of Research, Karen Bultitude, was delighted to be invited to Dublin recently to work with Irish teachers to share her expertise in gender-aware teaching practice.  Building on the results from the Girls into Physics Action Research programme, the session incorporated interactive 'myth busting' exercises as well as practical top tips and academic research evidence to encourage greater take-up of physics by both boys and girls.

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