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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


31 Mar 2015

Help at hand for Masters students

Scholarships available to prospective UK and EU Masters students.

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ISSTI News 26 Feb 2015

Two exciting presentations on Monday 2nd March

2pm Andrew Clement : March Internet Surveillance after Snowden: 3.30pm Lucy Suchman Immersive simulation and (con)figurations of the other

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ISSTI News 12 Feb 2015

Barry Barnes to give seminar series on Democracy as Disempowermen

Prof Barry Barnes was a core member of the Science Studies Unit before moving to Exeter in 1992. In March 2014 he kindly presented a set of informal talks on Rationality as the Power to Rationalise. We are delighted to announce a further series connected by a single over-riding interest in Democracy as Disempowerment The talks draw upon sketches largely concerned with the general state and condition of the democratic societies in which we now live, or rather with our attempts to describe it and to understand it.

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ISSTI News 26 Jan 2015

Learning lessons from failure

Why did the Ł450 Million Intermediate Technology Initiative not produce the anticipated commercial benefits for Scotland?

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12 Dec 2014

REF 2104 Results: Science, Technology and Innovation Studies research rated 1st in UK by national research assessment

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies research rated 1st in UK by national research assessment

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  • UoE ISSTI : RT @EdSciFest: So #EdSciFest 2015 starts this weekend! Clock in at The Ideas Factory from 4–19 April
  • UoE ISSTI : STIS say goodbye on Emma and Alessandro who move on to new things
  • UoE ISSTI : RT @royalsociety: From classifying the cosmos to tracking bees, citizen science captures the imagination…
  • UoE ISSTI : RT @jamesks: New journal from @CSISP_gold “Demonstrations. Journal for Experiments in the Social Studies of Technology”…
  • UoE ISSTI : Two STIS members lead a new Academic network on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science @jamesks @eug_rodrigues

Latest Issue of the ISSTI Newsletter: ISSTI Newsletter Issue 24 - March 2014