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SASsy (Science and Society)

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The SASsy (Science and Society) Reading Group provides a forum for discussing the latest developments and publications relating to the broader relationships between science and society. Our remit is wide ranging, covering aspects such as science policy, governance issues, science communication, public engagement etc. Academic staff, graduate students and all other parties interested in such issues are very welcome to join in the lively discussions.

Latest Reading

The next session will be held on Thursday April 25th 12.30 - 13.45 in 22 Gordon Square, room B15 (the basement room within the STS department.  The paper to discuss will be:

Ben R. Martin, Paul Nightingale, Alfredo Yegros-Yegros (2012). Science and technology studies: Exploring the knowledge base.  Research Policy 41(7): 1121 – 1282. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733312000716

Subsequent sessions will be held in the following locations:

  • 9 May: Room G06 in 16/18 Gordon Square
  • 23 May: Room B15 in 22 Gordon Square
  • 6 June: Room B15 in 22 Gordon Square

The SASsy Reading Group will then take a break over the summer period, starting back again in September 2013.

Recent papers and publications discussed

  • Daniel Lee Kleinman, Jason A. Delborne, Ashley A. Anderson. (2011) 'Engaging citizens: the high cost of citizen participation in high technology'. Public Understanding of Science 20: 221-240. Available from: http://pus.sagepub.com/content/20/2/221.abstract

The SASsy reading group normally meets at lunchtimes (12.30 - 13.45) on every second Thursday and enjoys a wide representation of staff and student expertise as well as a range of institutions - external members are very much welcome to join in the discussions. If you have any questions about the group please contact Karen Bultitude.

We also have occasional ad hoc discussions e.g. over a lunchtime to discuss specific issues.  An example of a recent informal meeting focused on what we termed the 'Geekocratic Tendency' - you can see further information about our thoughts on the STS Research Observatory.

If you are interested in being kept informed about the SASsy reading group activities please go to https://www.mailinglists.ucl.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/sts-sassy to join the mailing list.  Be assured that signing up to the mailing list does not create an expectation that you will attend every session! 

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