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RN24 - Science and Technology

Interrelations between science, technology and society are in the focus of research interests of RN24 members.

Profile:

More than in other areas, scholars in the field of science and technology studies have made multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary efforts to combine

– theory construction on changing relations and co-constitution of  science, technology and society,
– qualitative and quantitative empirical social sciences,
– sociological, philosophical, anthropological, historical, psychological, economic and political science analysis,
– science, technology and innovation policy studies.

Academic associations have evolved in the USA and Europe which reinforce this development. The field provides a stimulating and challenging environment for sociologists to bring in their disciplinary profile. In this context SSTNET offers a European platform for sociologists to meet, exchange ideas and strengthen their specific profile for interdisciplinary collaboration in order to study questions of science and technology.

The network (RN24/SSTNET – Sociology of Science and Technology Network) aims at

– providing a European forum for the development, discussion and dissemination of research on all social aspects of science and technology,
– ensuring an organizational frame for the organization of workshops at the bi-annual ESA general conferences,
– organizing focused research meetings and conferences between the ESA conferences,
– setting up links to other academic and professional associations in the field of science and technology studies (national, European and international),
– facilitating research collaboration, joint research projects and publication among European scholars,
– providing a platform for the dissemination of research reports, conference papers and conventional publications via the world wide web and electronic mail,
– creating and maintaining a www data base of the members of the network and the network’s activities, and
– promoting the exchange of young scholars of science and technology between European countries.

Coordinator: Harald Rohracher, Linköping University, Sweden, harald.rohracher@liu.se

Co-coordinator: Inge van der Weijden, CWTS, Leiden University, Netherlands, i.c.m.van.der.weijden@cwts.leidenuniv.nl

Board members:

  • Aaro Tupasela, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Katarina Prpic, independent researcher (Croatia)
  • Fabienne Crettaz von Roten, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Ana Delicado, Institute of Social Sciences – ICS, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Marcela Linkova, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic)
  • Bernhard Wieser, Alpen-Adria University – AAU (Austria)
  • Heta Tarkkala (coopted PhD representative & RN24 secretary) (Finland)

Advisory Board:

  • Luísa Oliveira, independent researcher (Portugal)
  • Fred Stewart, EASST President (UK)
  • Nadia Asheulova, RC23/ISA board member (Russia)
  • Ulrich Dolata, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Michel Dubois, National Centre for Scientific Research – CNRS (France)
  • Laura Cruz-Castro, Spanish National Research Council – CSIC (Spain)

For the RN24/SSTNET mailing list, e-mail to Heta Tarkkala (SSTNET Secretary),  heta.tarkkala@helsinki.fi.