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
In October 2015, Prof. Frank James gave the Wheeler lecture to the Historical Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, on Thomas Beddoes and the Medical Pneumatic Institution in Bristol. We are pleased to announce that this lecture has now been published online as part of the RSCHG Occasional Papers series.
Publication date: 29 November 2016
Sir Joseph Banks accompanied Captain James Cook as a naturalist on Cook’s first voyage around the world in 1768 to 1771. In 1778 Banks was appointed President of the Royal Society and oversaw a global network of collaborators in the sciences until his death in 1820. Among his varied pursuits, Banks initiated the practice of sending naturalists on British voyages of exploration, a practice which continued for decades after his death. He played a significant role in developing Kew Gardens and contributed to the creation of the Royal Institution.
Publication date: 28 November 2016
Launching on Tuesday 1st November, InEDITA is a new initiative established by Lori Coletti Campbell (STS Departmental Manager) alongside Stefanie Anyadi (Psychology and Language Sciences) and Leigh Kilpert (Institute of Child Health).
Publication date: 2 November 2016
STS is pleased to announce that, starting with issue 4, Simon Werrett will be taking over as editor of BJHS Themes from Jon Agar, who has edited issues 1 to 3.
Publication date: 31 October 2016
STS are saddened to announce the death on Sunday, 2 October 2016 of former UCL STS lecturer Professor Mary Hesse ScD FBA. Sir Richard Evans FBA, President of Wolfson College Cambridge, confirmed her passing earlier today, providing the following information:
Publication date: 3 October 2016
The EBM+ project, part of a three-year, AHRC-funded research project, 'Evaluating Evidence in Medicine (EEiM), is looking for enthusiastic student volunteers to take part in their school programme.
Publication date: 29 September 2016
The 2016/17 academic year is off to a flying start - the department now hosts well over 100 students, and to help introduce the new intake, the traditional STS Welcome Party took place. Dr Chiara Ambrosio and Malcolm Chalmers hosted the annual STS quiz, and all agreed that the party was a resounding success.
Publication date: 28 September 2016
He's been doing it since 1993!
Publication date: 19 September 2016
Publication date: 10 September 2016
Each year, the Dean's List awards commendations to the top 5% of graduating students, to recognise academic achievement substantially above the requirements of a first class degree.
Publication date: 21 July 2016
The Royal Rociety's Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal 2016 has been awarded to Professor Jon Agar, in recognition of his work in the history and philosophy of science.
Publication date: 19 July 2016
This week, The Grant Museum held the last ever Film Night in association with Prof. Joe Cain. After nearly 10 years and 40 films, the final event was a showing of the 1959 classic "The Great Behemoth". As usual, Prof. Cain began with a discussion of the merits (or otherwise) of the film, and as can be seen in the picture above, a considerable effort was made in the presentation.
Publication date: 8 July 2016
STS Staff have made several appearances in the media recently.
Publication date: 7 July 2016
Publication date: 18 May 2016
Congratulations to UCL student Mr Michal Stevove, who will give a paper at the 2016 annual conference of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, in Barcelona this summer, in track 044 – By other means: On complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).
Publication date: 3 May 2016
Publication date: 16 March 2016
STS staff and students took part in a book launch and roundtable discussion at the Institute Cervantes in London on 4 February 2016. The event, " Science Policy in the 20th Century in Spain ,Italy and Argentina " marked the publication of an edited collection Science Policies and Twentieth Century Dictatorships by Ashgate Publishing (recently acquired by Taylor & Francis Group). The book is edited by Amparo Gómez and Antonio Canales, from the University of La Laguna, Spain, and Brian Balmer from the STS Department. The contributions to the book discuss the different relationships between science and politics in three countries that suffered considerable political upheaval in the twentieth century. The event was opened by STS’s head of department, Joe Cain and all three editors, together with one of the contributors, Francisco González from the University Complutense de Madrid, each gave short talks about the book.
Publication date: 22 February 2016
Professor Andrew Gregory has just published his work on Pre-Socratic Greek Science, titled:
Publication date: 15 February 2016
STS has hosted the 10th London Ancient Science Conference, an annual conference in London to discuss current research in the field.
Publication date: 15 February 2016
Date: Wednesday 27 April 2016
Publication date: 14 February 2016
Towards the end of 2015, the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee published their report on genetically modified insects. I had been asked to give evidence to the committee in October, not because I knew much about GM insects, but in order to help contextualise their report in previous debates about controversial emerging technologies. Their report, as such reports do, plucked some bits from what I said. But, if it hit some notes, it spectacularly missed the music. The committee’s chair, Lord Selborne, made some balanced comments at the press conference, but the report’s summary and its press release,as Sarah Hartley and I described here, demonstrated a level of blind support that even the scientists involved might be embarrassed by.
Publication date: 7 January 2016