The details of the UCL STS Seminar Series 2017-18 have now been confirmed. STS Seminars are our opportunity to feature the most recent research in the field, with some highly regarded figures visiting to talk to us. Talks are aimed at researchers in the relevant field, but are open to all, and we welcome visitors from outside of the department.
Publication date: 29 September 2017
The 2017-18 academic year has begun, and as always, the department celebrated with the STS Welcome party. Attendance was even higher than in previous years, and after an introduction from Prof. Cain - and a goodbye to departing Teaching Administrator Kayt Newman - the infamous STS quiz took place.
Publication date: 27 September 2017
STS congratulations our Class of 2017.
Publication date: 6 September 2017
The first results of the UCL Green Impact audit have been released, and STS have been rewarded with a Platinum grade. This is the second highest possible (below 'Excellence') and puts us on a level with the Office of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) and above a large number of departments.
Publication date: 16 August 2017
For the third time in five years, STS has received a perfect score on the National Student Survey, receiving 100% overall satisfaction from students completing their degree in 2017. This is the highest result in their Faculty and one of the highest results across the whole of UCL. Though critics (including academics in STS) urge caution when interpreting these results, this survey is used in the Higher Education sector as a general performance indicator.
Publication date: 9 August 2017
Last year, UCLU announced their 'Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment' campaign, which STS registered for.
Publication date: 26 July 2017
Taking place at Kew Gardens from the 14-16th September, this conference is the culmination of an 18-month AHRC-funded Network
project exploring the intersections of Enlightenment science, culture,
commerce and empire through the figure of Joseph Banks, his
correspondents, circles and networks. The ‘Joseph Banks Science, Culture
and the Remaking of the Indo-Pacific World’ Network is a collaborative
partnership between the National Maritime Museum, University College
London, the Royal Society, Natural History Museum and the National
Portrait Gallery. For further information on the Network project, see their webpage: www.rmg.co.uk/josephbanksnetwork
With Keynote Speakers Professor David Igler (University of California, Irvine) and Professor Kapil Raj (Centre Alexandre-Koyré, Paris), and other speakers from a range of disciplines, the conference reflects new research on the global contexts of Banks’s interests, influence and legacies.
Booking for the Conference is now open. To book, follow this link to the Royal Society’s website where full information can be found:
For queries on the conference or Joseph Banks Network project, please contact the Network coordinator Sally Archer firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 27 June 2017
Publication date: 12 June 2017
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies has published our catalogues for modules in the 2017-18 session. These cover undergraduate and taught postgraduate HPSC modules.
Publication date: 12 June 2017
STS is delighted to announce the appointment of two new lecturers to academic posts within the department:
Publication date: 1 June 2017
UCL will be holding summer open days on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July. The Open Days offer a variety of activities including admissions talks, general talks on topics such as accommodation, finance and careers.
Publication date: 31 May 2017
On Saturday 10th June, UCL will be holding the first 'It's all Academic' festival, featuring free events run by staff and students, including talks on Smart Magnetic Materials, controversial books, alien intelligence and a huge range of other topics.
Publication date: 24 May 2017
Visitors to the Grant Museum will have noticed a new display, courtesy of students on STS's HPSC3003 Communication of Scientific Ideas module. The new display, entitled 'Sexual Selection: How to choose a mate', features stag beetles, tree frogs, and several other examples of animal attractors.
Biosciences student Robyn Webb, one of the group who designed the display, explained the thinking behind it:
Publication date: 22 May 2017
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to appoint a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Medicine for the 2017-18 academic session to deliver taught undergraduate and master’s modules, supervise undergraduate dissertations, and undertake related academic support duties. The appointment will be made on the grade 7 scale, plus London Weighting (pro rata) available from 19 September 2017 through 10 June 2018.
Publication date: 17 May 2017
On Tuesday 4th April, Prof. Jon Agar gave his Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture at the Royal Society, on 'The curious history of curiosity-driven research'.
Professor Agar was awarded the 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in recognition of his work as a leading figure in the history and philosophy of science. Created in 2005 by the merger of the three previously existing medals, the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar medal had previously been awarded to such luminaries as Lord Melvyn Bragg, Professor Hasok Chang, and Dr Jeremy Butterfield.
Publication date: 5 April 2017
On Thursday March 30th the Westminster Library “Salon for the City” hosted by Stephen Coates enjoyed a sold-out salon on “London’s Natural Histories” with UCL’s Simon Werrett and the Guardian’s Martin Rowson. Werrett’s talk, “Crawling King Caterpillar: Portraying Joseph Banks in the Eighteenth Century” discussed the impact of portraits and satirical caricatures of Banks that circulated during his lifetime. Next up was Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson who spoke about the history of London Zoo and the value of zoos for London life. Discussion then followed, lubricated by gin, on subjects ranging from pygmy hippo poo to the value of thrift in science and what animals would be good for caricaturing politicians today.
Post-talk tweets were very positive:
@phoebeceehaitch wrote “Brilliant talks from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson for #SalonForTheCity Natural Histories at Westminster Arts Ref Lib. Wonderful!”
@SuzyHaller wrote “Had no idea Westminster Reference Library hosts amazing talks. Definitely recommend. Great ones this eve from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson”
Publication date: 4 April 2017
On Monday 20th March, at 6pm in the AV Hill Lecture Theatre, Prof. Ludmilla Jordanova will present the first STS Haldane Lecture of 2017, on Institutions, Identities and Historical Practices in Science and Medicine.
Publication date: 15 March 2017
This Monday, 13th February, Professor Andrew Gregory will be holding his Inagural Lecture on "The Study of Ancient Science". This will take place in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre from 5.15pm, followed by a reception in the Petrie Museum.
Publication date: 8 February 2017
Today, STS launches Alchemy. Part annual report, part seasonal newsletter to family and friends, Alchemy offers a means for highlighting student successes, staff comings and goings, recent developments in our research, the arrival of new programmes, and so much more.
Publication date: 24 January 2017
In preparation for next month's OneBook talk with author Philip Ball, the STS Department held a group seminar, with representatives from various STS reading groups coming together for a combined reading session.
Publication date: 18 January 2017
STS is pleased to announced that Prof. Steve Miller has been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in Science Communication and Planetary Science, following his retirement last month.
Publication date: 13 January 2017
On March 30th 2017, STS's Simon Werrett will take part in a double-bill alongside renowned Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson as part of the Westminster Arts Reference Library's 'Salon for the City', exploring the career of Sir Joseph Banks under the theme of 'Natural Histories'.
Publication date: 6 January 2017
--from the RRI Team
Publication date: 20 December 2016