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Finalists! Completed the NSS yet?

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The 2012 National Student Survey seeks your views this term
Link: http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/

Science in Public: Call For Papers

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Now in its 7th year, the Science in Public conference brings together those strands of academia which consider the relationships between science and ‘the public’, multiple publics, and the public sphere. This conference provides a wide-ranging platform for discussing and debating emerging cross-disciplinary perspectives, as well as showcasing recent and developing research findings. Delegates come from many disciplines: science and technology studies, history of science, geography, psychology, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, science communication, development studies, English literature, science policy studies and more.

Agar on the BBC

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Want to hear more from Dr Jon Agar after his Turing podcast? You can catch him on the BBC iPlayer taking part in this week's edition of Material World discussing scientists, medics and engineers who have changed the world since Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne. You can listen to to the programme on the BBC website.

Bultitude Represents EU at AAAS

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Dr Karen Bultitude was recently part of a European delegation to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.  For the past few years the European Commission has supported a small number of specialist seminars and workshops showcasing European expertise in science communication; this year Karen contributed to a provocative session entitled Everyone's an Expert but who is listening?.  Karen provided an analysis of international best practice in public participation in research and policy decision-making processes, as well as an overview of existing large scale work in this area within the UK.  The session proved to be one of the most popular strands within the conference, and prompted much discussion and wider interest.

New Podcast: Turing Talk

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If you missed Jon Agar's lunchtime lecture on Alan Turing & the History of the Computer you can now access it online at

New Careers Podcast

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Jake Soper & a friend from the Galapagos

STS alumnus Jake Soper (above) came into the STS radio studio to chat with Careers Officer Karen Bultitude about life after STS. Jake, who studied History & Philosophy of Science at UCL, talks about getting into the Civil Service Fast Stream and gives some great tips about what recruiters are looking for in applications and at interview.

We are Sociology

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STSers participate in UCL's growing "Sociology Network"

For more information about the network and ways to participate, visit the new website:

Volunteers research in the news

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Morris article

The latest issue of the Innovia Foundation's Newsletter (Feb 2012, number 17) features an article by STS's research fellow, Dr Norma Morris, summarising activities from the Research Volunteers Workshop held over summer 2011.

Starter for 20(12)!

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Chiara Ambrosio has previously proven at Bright Club in the Bloomsbury Theatre that staff and students here are very good at cheering their fellow STSers on! And we've just heard we have another fantastic opportunity coming up this September. Science & Technology Studies 1st Year Simon Dennis (also as Dennis Dennis) will be appearing with the UCL Team on BBC University Challenge!

Students Meet Our Alumni

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students and alumni at the event

Current students were treated to expert advice from STS alumni at a special careers event organised by the department on 24 February.  Former students shared their insights on what a degree in STS can do for you in the job market, as well as how to make the most of extra-curricula activities to 'shine up' your CV and make sure it stands out from the crowd.  Careers represented included a trainee solicitor at a top City law firm, science policy advisor at the Royal Society, academic researcher at King's College London, Assistant Curator at the Science Museum, and a current PhD student who had recently successfully obtained studentship funding in a highly competitive environment.

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