XClose

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies

Home
Menu

STS News

UK Integrated HPS Network Workshop - 20/21 June 2018

The annual IHPS workshop is hosted by an informal network of UK academic departments with a programmatic commitment to practicing and promoting history and philosophy of science.

Publication date:

MSc Virtual Open Day - Tuesday 22nd May

Following on from our successful Virtual Open Days for undergraduate applicants, we're happy to announce our first Virtual Open Day for Masters courses.

Publication date:

UCL Press Book Launch - Histories of Technology

UCL Press have just released their most recent collection "Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain", and to celebrate, held a book launch with the two editors: STS Senior Lecturer Prof. Jon Agar, and STS PhD Jacob Ward.

Publication date:

Student Choice Award - nomination

This year, UCL's Student Choice Awards have undergone a restructure. In previous years, a lengthy list of nominations was released, with hundreds of different staff members receiving nominations. This year, while the number of categories increased, only three nominees were announced for each category shortlist.

Publication date:

New publications from STS's Jack Stilgoe

Following his recent appearances on both BBC and ITV to discuss self-driving cars, STS's Jack Stilgoe has two new pieces available to read - both publicly accessible!

Publication date:

STS Virtual Open Day - success!

The Department of Science and Technology Studies held another Virtual Open Day on Wednesday 28th March. 

Publication date:

STS on TV

We're always happy to see STS staff in the media. With another large-scale volcano eruption hitting the news, STS's Dr Carina Fearnley was well placed to offer her insights. She was featured on Channel 4 News (see below) as well as recording pieces for ITV and other broadcasters. This follows on from Prof. Jon Agar's appearance on ITV News last month, discussing Jodrell Bank's recent UNESCO status.

Publication date:

STS commended for NSS results

For the third time in recent years, STS received a score of 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS). On Wednesday 22nd November, UCL held a ceremony to congratulate various departments on their NSS and PTES results, and STS were congratulated by the Provost for the highest results within UCL.

Publication date:

STS workshop on "scale" is big success

The Department hosted a one-day workshop, “On Being the Right Size: Science, Technology and Scale” on Wednesday April 29, exploring issues of scale in science and technology studies. With contributions from scholars in Philosophy of Science, History of Science, Science Policy, Materials Science, Architecture, Photography and Science Communication the event presented a variety of perspectives on the question of scale.

Publication date:

STS PGTAs Shine at the Teaching and Learning Conference 2015

Current STS PhD students Elizabeth Jones and Harriet Lloyd received a strong reception at UCL’s recent Teaching and Learning conference https://www.ucl.ac.uk/calt/events/tlconference15.   Speaking as part of a session bringing together innovative teaching practices across UCL, Hattie and Liz focused on their experiences of being PGTAs (Post-Graduate Teaching Assistants) on the department’s first year module HPSC1008 Fundamentals of Science Communication  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/study/hpsc/2014-15_syllabi/HPSC1008_Module_syllabus_2014-15.  Led this year by STS tutors Karen Bultitude and Steve Miller, this interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to key concepts in science communication, and is open to students from a wide range of disciplines including human sciences, chemical engineering and of course our own STS cohort.

Publication date:

STS Invited to the UN in Geneva

In the Department of Science & Technology Studies, Brian Balmer, Professor of Science Policy Studies, and Alex Spelling, Research Associate in Cold War History, are working on a project:  ‘Understanding Biological Disarmament: The Historical Context of the Biological Weapons Convention’, in conjunction with STS alum (1996) Dr CaitrÍona McLeish at the Science Policy Research Unit - University of Sussex, and the Harvard-Sussex Programme. The three year project overlaps with the 40th anniversary of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (known as the BWC) entering into force on 26th March 1975. From this date, biological warfare was banned under international law. The anniversary is of particular significance as the BWC has been called the world’s first genuine multilateral disarmament treaty: it prohibited an entire class of weapons from development, production and possession, rather than merely limiting or preventing nations acquiring certain weapons or provisions relating to use. Review conferences for members have been held every five years since it entered into force and work continues from Geneva to strengthen and develop its provisions.

Publication date:

London Ancient Science Conference

The London Ancient Science Conference, run from STS@UCL by Prof. Gregory has received a British Society for the History of Science Strategic Conference Grant for the next two years.

Publication date:

Toxic World

STS first year PhD Student, Alex Mankoo, has won a competitive award to attend the 8th European Spring School on History Of Science And Popularization.  This year’s theme is “Living In A Toxic World  (1800-2000), Experts, Activism, Industry And Regulation”  and will be held at Maó (Menorca), 14-16 May 2015.   There will be talks by a number of experts on all aspects of the history of toxic environments, as well as poster and workshop sessions on the same theme. Alex’s doctoral research is on the history tear gas, which fits well with the general theme of the Spring school.  

Publication date:

Student article on science funding

Congrats STS MSc student Dewi Safari for publishing a commentary in The Jakarta Globe for publishing a commentary on the need to boost science funding in Indonesia (link).

Publication date:

Prof Frank James elected

STS congratulates Professor Frank James on his election as Membre Effectif (full member) to the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences. He was previously a Membre Correspondant.

Publication date:

Job: Research Associate in Evaluation of Science Communication

STS currently is seeking a Research Associate for a project aimed at using the inspiration of space to interest children and teenagers in science and technology, broaden their minds and stimulate European and global citizenship. Led by the University of Leiden, EUSPACE-AWE is a €2million multi-national collaboration funded by the European Commission which will draw on the excitement of space and achievements of European space science. 

Publication date:

STS research seminars Term 2 announced

We are delighted to announce the STSUCL seminars for next term. These will all take place in Darwin B15, starting at 4:30pm, with tea and coffee available from 4pm.

Publication date:

STS's Stilgoe speaks to Parliament

STS includes experts in science policy and public engagement who influence policy makers in the real world. In this video, Dr Jack Stilgoe (one of our lecturers) delivers testimony to the UK House of Parliament's Committee on Science and Technology.

Publication date: