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STS organises academic research into three research clusters: (1) Science, Culture, and Democracy, (2) Philosophy of Science, and (3) History of Science.

STS has a wide range of activities supporting our many research programmes. 

STS research clusters

STS organises academic research into three research clusters:

The primary goals of this organisation are to support staff research and find opportunities to expand collaboration. We also have managerial reasons for this organisation. These groups are most likely to have overlapping subject interests, and so we can pool expertise towards improving our performance in securing grants, publishing in high-impact settings, and building a strong reputation in our many specialities.Staff are assigned to one research cluster as a primary association. Assignments are based on descriptions of research activity, likely routes for research funding, and likely REF assignment. The interdisciplinary nature of staff interests means secondary associations are to be expected and encouraged. It also is to be expected that staff research activities will evolve over time, and periodic review of the clusters will be in order. 

STS organises academic research into three "research clusters". The primary goals of this organisation are to support staff research and find opportunities to expand collaboration. We also have managerial reasons for this organisation. These groups are most likely to have overlapping subject interests, and so we can pool expertise towards improving our performance in securing grants, publishing in high-impact settings, and building a strong reputation in our many specialities.

Staff are assigned to one research cluster as a primary association. Assignments are based on descriptions of research activity, likely routes for research funding, and likely REF assignment. The interdisciplinary nature of staff interests means secondary associations are to be expected and encouraged. It also is to be expected that staff research activities will evolve over time, and periodic review of the clusters will be in order. 

STS research seminar series

Upcoming talks in the STS research seminar series are listed in the STS calendar. Seminar series covering all aspects of research in the discipline. Most are open to scholars from any academic field. These normally are research intensive, specialised events, normally of interest only to scholars in the discipline.

The purpose of this series is to provide colleagues with an opportunity to present their latest research results and discuss them within a collegial atmosphere. These are open to all interested parties; however, do keep in mind these are specialised professional presentations and can be quite technical.

JBS Haldane Memorial Lectures

A list of past JBS Haldane Memorial Lectures is provided on the STS website.

STS launched the Haldane Lectures in 2014 in honour of UCL Professor JBS Haldane, a polymath not only in the life sciences but also in science communication and science policy. We aim to Haldane Lectures annually, rotating through our various research clusters. Normally, Haldane Lectures are published as part of the STS Occasional Papers series.

London PUS seminar series

The London PUS (Public Understanding of Science) seminar series has been running since 1991. It provides an academic space in which to discuss the many aspects of science in public from multiple perspectives in a relaxed but rigorous environment. It is an open intercollegiate seminar concerned with the broad range of topics that fall under the headings of public understanding of science, public engagement with science, science communication, and science-in-society.

The original aims of the seminar were (a) to enhance the awareness of useful concepts and research methods for the analysis of the public understanding of science, (b) to invite members and visiting researchers to introduce specific topics and problems, and (c) to provide a forum for researchers in the field. The agenda, along with the field, has since expanded and diversified.  

STS Work-in-Progress seminars (WIPS)

These seminars are intended as an informal venue for research students to present and discuss interesting aspects of their work. The format consists of a presentation of about thirty minutes, followed by about twenty minutes for discussion.

Join the conversation: reading groups

STS staff and research students promote discussion and debate through reading groups, organised by research students and open to all staff and postgraduate students.

Our wider research community

We have an extensive network of honorary appointments and academic visitors from all over the world.  If you are interested in seeking an unpaid fellowship or academic affiliation with us please see our fellowship opportunities page for advice.