UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Events Calendar

EBM+ Conference - 'Your Health, Your Evidence 2017'

Start: May 3, 2017 1:00:00 PM
End: May 3, 2017 5:00:00 PM

EBM+ are holding a conference to mark the end of its School Volunteering Programme, ‘Your Health, Your Evidence’, which has been running in schools throughout the spring term this year.

The event is free to attend, but we that you register on Eventbrite to allow us to gauge the number of attendees. Visit the event page here.


EBM+ is a consortium of philosophers, sociologists and policy experts taking part in a three-year, AHRC-funded research project, 'Evaluating Evidence in Medicine'. This conference provides a fantastic opportunity to find out more about EBM+ and the work we do to engage school students with Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) - from its strengths to its flaws and, most importantly, how it can be improved. We expect over 100 attendees including EBM+ consortium members, various academics, UCL students including our enthusiastic volunteers and the Key Stage 5 school students who participated in the programme.
We are delighted to announce that Professor David Healy (University of Cardiff) and Professor Mike Kelly (University of Cambridge) will deliver the keynote talks at the 2017 conference.
There will be a number of short presentations from each group of Key Stage 5 students who participated in the programme.
There will also a panel consisting of several volunteers who ran the school workshops discussing the topic of volunteering at university.


A 4S Preconference - On The Limits of Knowing: Ignorance, Promises and Political Economy of Knowledge

Start: Aug 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Aug 30, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Website: http://tinyurl.com/jbf8afp
How do we make sense of the increasing role of ignorance or problematic facts in knowledge regimes? The social mechanics of truth and knowledge have been a central concern within Science, Technology and Society (STS). Yet, the engineering of ignorance and the sense of an increasing imperviousness to facts/knowledge show brightly the limits of analytical approaches to science, technology, and innovation that ignore the role of political economy in contemporary knowledge practices. Important questions about the shaky status of facts — and the vicissitudes of knowers — emerge in a panoply of contexts: in the spread and purchase of myths through digital platforms; in the growing acknowledgement of large-scale scientific irreproducibility / unreliability; in the increasingly commercial imperatives placed upon academic knowledge production; and as highlighted in recent anxieties about strategic public ignorance and global democratic politics. In each context, one sees the fragility of approaches that assume that we are all rational actors working with — or even beholden to — uncompromised facts.