First Belgian STS Network Conference: 30 Sept. 2011 (save the date)

The Conference launching the Belgian STS Network is to be held in Brussels (Royal Academy of Belgium) on Friday 30 September 2011. Program and details will follow shortly. SAVE THE DATE.

The Belgian “Science and Technology Studies” (STS) Network brings
together scholars from a wide range of scientific disciplines, from Belgium and beyond. It provides an open and flexible interface in order to share disciplinary perspectives, foster collaborations and raise the voice of a community of scholars, under the banner of STS.

The Belgian STS Network follows three key goals:

1. Foster learning and genuine cross‐fertilization from multiple
disciplinary perspectives, e.g. through established and less established
methodological reflections or concerns. It focuses mostly on a series of
relevant thematic issues:

a. Energy and sustainable development
b. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
c. New and Emerging Science & Technologies (NEST)

2. Reinforce collaborations and partnerships among the different
academic units, research centres and Technology Assessment (TA)
institutions active in the arena of STS, in Belgium but also on the
international scene. For this purpose, it aims at working on joint
publications of high scientific standards as well as organizing conferences
and workshops open to practitioners and decision‐makers.

3. Strengthen the voice and visibility of the STS community, especially in
the Belgian science‐policy landscape. The Belgian STS Network promotes a research agenda of anticipatory governance of science and technologies: foresight, engagement, integration and reflexivity. For this purpose, it takes positions on societal issues according to the experience of its members, and it has a communication strategy aimed at reaching both the scientific, the industrial and the political community.

The Belgian STS Network brings together scholars from disciplines such as sociology, law, political science, history, philosophy, engineering, economics, anthropology, psychology and environmental policy. It is also open to interested natural scientists, engaged professional bodies or relevant policy actors.
Naturally, it is open to insights and advice from leading international scholars active in STS. Lastly, the Network encourages scrutiny with regard to its own functioning, i.e. the role of scholars from social sciences and humanities in contemporary societies.

Information and contact: François Thoreau (FNRS-ULg-Spirales)
fthoreau@ulg.ac.be

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