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About the institute

The Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI) is a research network established in 2000 to bring together groups of academics and individual researchers across the University of Edinburgh who are involved in research, teaching and knowledge transfer on social and policy aspects of science, technology and innovation.

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Upcoming Events

6th Dec 2016

Seminar: Speaker: Professor Francesca Bray # The University of Edinburgh ‘The politics of the handloom: craft, technology and the modern nation in China and India’. 15:00 (2 hours)




03 Nov 2016

Social & Political Science Honorary Graduates

We are pleased to announce that Prof Helga Nowotny (Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich) and Prof Bruno Latour (Sociology, Sciences-PO, Paris) will receive an Honorary Degree from the School of Social & Political Science at a ceremony held on Monday 28th November 2016.

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ISSTI News 01 Nov 2016

EASST review features Edinburgh STIS community

The latest issue of EASST Review - the quarterly in-house magazine of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology features the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh

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06 Oct 2016

Edinburgh to host 2nd AsSIST-UK National Conference

AsSIST UK second national conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday, 29th November 2016.

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08 Sep 2016

Welcome Week and STIS welcome meetings

We look forward to welcoming our new cohorts of postgraduate students, from 10.30 on Wednesday 14th September in Old Surgeons Hall.

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ISSTI News 05 Sep 2016

Edinburgh contributes to largest ever STS event

Last week’s joint meeting of the European Association for Science and Technology Studies (EASST) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) (Barcelona 31 August – 3 September 2016), with over 2000 participants, was perhaps the largest ever academic conference in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. Edinburgh made a major contribution. Over 40 colleagues presented papers and ran tracks revolving around the theme of Science and Technology by Other Means. Edinburgh’s Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Subject Group sponsored the conference celebration – the STS Verbena as part of our programme of activities this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Science Studies Unit and its contribution to our field.

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Latest Issue of the ISSTI Newsletter: ISSTI Newsletter Issue 29 - November 2016