Friday, December 1

STS in the World


This page provides a list of selected STS organizations, programs, and journals. You may reach further resources related to STS research, training, and professional development through the websites of these organizations.


4S — Society for Social Studies of Science

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is an international, nonprofit scholarly society founded in 1975. 4S fosters interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship in social studies of science, technology, and medicine (a field often referred to as STS).

EASST — European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

Established in 1981 it is the organization which represents academics and researchers in the fields of science and technology studies, the social analysis of innovation and related areas of knowledge. It brings together a variety of disciplines and many of its members have qualifications in both natural science/engineering and social sciences. 

ESST — European Studies of Society, Science, and Technology International Master Programme

The Master’s programme European Studies of Society, Science and Technology (MA ESST) aspires to train students in such a way that they are able to explore and understand the interrelated worlds of society, science and technology in Europe and the world at large. The relationships between society, science and technology play a crucial role in shaping European and global challenges and prospects. These relations have changed significantly in the last 20 to 30 years and they are increasingly on the agenda of politicians, academics and other professionals. This growing awareness of the complex interrelationship between science, technology and society has resulted in a burgeoning theoretical and policy literature (broadly defined to include courses of action open not only to governments but also to public and private sector organisations, trade unions, activist organisations, etc.). The overarching aim of the MA ESST is to provide future researchers, innovation consultants, research managers and policy-officers with a profound and critical understanding of the relation between research and innovation, as well as of the specific socio-historical context from which they emerge and today’s European socio-economical context in which they take place.

SKAT— Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (American Sociological Association)

The purpose of the Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT) is to promote scholarly research and professional activity relating to sociology, science, knowledge, and technology.

SHOT — Society for the History of Technology

The Society for the History of Technology is dedicated to the historical study of technology and its relations with politics, economics, labor, business, the environment, public policy, science, and the arts. Founded in 1958, the society now numbers around 1500 members. An international society, SHOT meets annually in North America or Europe and also sponsors smaller conferences focused on specialized topics, often jointly with other scholarly societies and organizations.

HSS — History of Science Society

The History of Science Society is the world’s largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. Over 3,000 individual and institutional members across the world support the Society’s mission to foster interest in the history of science and its social and cultural relations (Established in 1924).

PSA — Philosophy of Science Association

The Philosophy of Science Association promotes research, teaching, and free discussion of issues in the philosophy of science from diverse standpoints. To this end, the PSA engages in activities such as: the publishing of periodicals, essays and monographs; sponsoring conventions and meetings; and awarding prizes for distinguished work in the field (Established in 1933).

APSTSN—The Asia-Pacific Science, Technology & Society Network

The Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTSN) formed in late 2008. It offers an Asia-Pacific regional identity for STS scholars to complement their local, national and sub-regional STS networks, which recognizes the Asia-Pacific as the third largest grouping of STS scholars outside Europe and the USA.

STS-Africa — Network for Science and Technology Studies in Africa

The Network for Science and Technologies Studies in Africa (STS Africa) connects scholars from all over the world working with Science and Technologies Studies on historic and present processes of techno-scientific innovation, governance and related processes of signification in Africa. It wants to create a space in particular for African scholars to strengthen their positions by using approaches from STS. By doing so the network does not only promote Science and Technology Studies in Africa, but rather enables encounters of STS and African scholars and issues, that, hopefully, also provoke a critique and decentering of contemporary STS and its Euro-American origins. Out of this critique STS Africa generates tangible knowledge that might help to improve science and technology policy and practice in the region. STS Africa is complementary to existing STS organizations but distinguished by its regional focus on Africa.

STS Italia — The Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies

The Italian Society for Social Studies of Science and Technology was founded in 2005 to build up an Italian network of researchers oriented to study Science and Technology starting from the social dynamics which characterize and interweave science and technology themselves.

STS Austria — The Austrian Association for Science and Technology Studies

STS Austria is the Austrian Association for Science and Technology Studies, a scholarly field dedicated to the analysis of the complex and multi-layered interactions of science, technology, and society. Established in 2015, STS Austria represents academics and researchers active in this field in Austria. The organisation brings together a variety of disciplines, and its members are based in a range of research institutions. It is part of a vivid international STS community represented by supra-national associations, such as EASST and 4S, as well as a number of national sister organisations in Europe and beyond.

BSTS — Belgian Science, Technology and Society

The WOG Science Technology and Society (STS) Network is a scientific research network financed by the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders. The research community coordinates and stimulates national and international cooperation in STS and sociological research. The BSTS network consists of young STS scholars based in Flanders/Belgium and links up with international scholars and institutes. Since 2010, postdoctoral researchers from the universities of Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Brussels, and Liège regularly convene to discuss STS topics and exchange research findings.

AsSIST-UK — Association for Studies in Innovation Science and Technology

AsSIST-UK was established in 2015 and currently has 320 members from across the UK and internationally. AsSIST-UK supports transdisciplinary collaboration across the social sciences, humanities and sciences in the field of science, innovation and technology. It supports the training of new scholars in the field, engagement with civil society, government and industry within the UK and globally.


Catalyst: Feminism Theory Technoscience

Catalyst serves the expanding interdisciplinary field of feminist science and technology studies (STS) by supporting theoretically inventive and methodologically creative scholarship incorporating approaches from critical public health, disability studies, sci-art, technology and digital media studies, history and philosophy of science and medicine, and more. (first issue published in 2015)

East Asian Science, Technology and Society

Sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS) aims to bring together East Asian and Western scholars from the fields of science, technology, and society (STS). Examining issues such as human embryonic stem-cell research, family and reproductive technologies, and the globalization of Chinese medicine, the journal publishes research on how society and culture in East Asia interact with science, technology, and medicine. EASTS serves as a gathering place to facilitate the growing efforts of STS networks from Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe to foster an internationally open and inclusive community. (first issue published in 2007)

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

The centrality of science and technology in social life means there is a vital space for scholars of science, technology, and society to intervene in meaningful ways in discussions of the most crucial issues of the day. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society is intended as a vibrant, double-blind peer-reviewed venue for these conversations. The journal is interested in publishing informed and rigorous work that takes risks, insightfully challenges established conceptual orientations and methods, and speaks boldly. (first issue published in 2015)

ISIS: A Journal of the History of Science

Since its inception in 1912, Isis has featured scholarly articles, research notes and commentary on the history of science, medicine, and technology, and their cultural influences. Review essays and book reviews on new publications in the field are also included. An official publication of the History of Science Society, this is the oldest (and most widely circulating) English-language journal in the field.

OSIRIS: History of Science and the Emotions

Founded in 1936 by George Sarton, and re-launched by the History of Science Society in 1985, this annual thematic journal highlights recent research on significant themes in the history of science. Recent volumes of Osiris include Music, Sound, and the Laboratory; Chemical Knowledge; and Scientific Masculinities.

Public Understanding of Science

Understanding of Science is a fully peer reviewed international journal covering all aspects of the inter-relationships between science (including technology and medicine) and the public. Topics Covered Include: surveys of public understanding and attitudes towards science and technology; perceptions of science; popular representations of science; scientific and para-scientific belief systems; science in schools; history of science education and of popular science; science and the media; science fiction; scientific lobbying; evaluative studies of science exhibitions and interactive science centres; scientific information services for the public; popular protest against science (‘anti-science’); science in developing countries and appropriate technology. (first issue published in 1992)

Science and Public Policy

Science and Public Policy is a leading international journal on public policies for science, technology and innovation. It covers all types of science and technology in both developed and developing countries. (first issue published in 1974)

Science, Technology and Human Values

Science, Technology, & Human Values is a peer-reviewed, international, interdisciplinary journal containing research, analyses and commentary on the development and dynamics of science and technology, including their relationship to politics, society and culture. The journal provides you with work from scholars in a diverse range of disciplines across the social sciences. Among the disciplines you will find in Science, Technology, & Human Values are: Political Science, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Literature, History, Economics, Philosophy (first issue published in 1976)

Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal Devoted to Developing World

Science, Technology & Society enhances our understanding of the way in which advances in science and technology influence society and vice versa. Launched in 1996, it is an international journal devoted to the developing world and published from the region. It covers areas like history, sociology, philosophy, economics, political science, psychology, technological forecasting, science policy, R & D management, health & nutrition, agriculture, ecology & environment, and quantitative studies.

Social Science and Medicine

The journal publishes material relevant to any aspect of health from a wide range of social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, policy, psychology, and sociology), and material relevant to the social sciences from any of the professions concerned with physical and mental health, health care, clinical practice, and health policy and organization.

Social Studies of Science

Social Studies of Science is an international peer-reviewed journal that encourages submissions of original research on science, technology and medicine. The journal is multidisciplinary, publishing work from a range of fields including: political science, sociology, economics; history, philosophy, psychology; social anthropology, legal and educational disciplines. (first issue published in 1971)

Technology and Culture

Technology and Culture, the preeminent journal of the history of technology, draws on scholarship in diverse disciplines to publish insightful pieces intended for general readers as well as specialists. Subscribers include scientists, engineers, anthropologists, sociologists, economists, museum curators, archivists, scholars, librarians, educators, historians, and many others. To illuminate important debates and draw attention to specific topics, the journal occasionally publishes thematic issues. Technology and Culture is the official journal of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). (first issue published in 1959)


AustriaUniversity of Vienna – Department of Science and Technology Studies
BelgiumLeuven Interdisciplinary Platform for the Study of the Science
CanadaUniversity of Toronto -Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
CanadaYork University
DenmarkAarhus University – Center for STS Studies
FranceIFRIS-Institute for Research and Innovation in Society
GermanyMax Planck Institute for the History of Science
GermanyTU Berlin – Center for Technology and Society
IndiaCentral University of Gujarat – Centre for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
IndiaJawaharlal Nehru University – Center for Studies in Science Policy
MalaysiaUniversity Malaya – Department of Science and Technology Studies
IsraelBar-Ilan University – Graduate Program in Science, Technology & Society
NetherlandsMaastricht University – Science, Technology & Society Studies
SwedenLinköping University – Technology and Social Change
UKUniversity Collage London – Department of Science and Technology Studies
UKUniversity of Edinburg – Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
UKUniversity of York – Science and Technology Studies Unit
UKUniversity of Sussex – Science Policy Research Unit
UKUniversity of Oxford – Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
UKUniversity of Nottingham – Institute for Science and Society
UKLancaster University – Center for Science Studies
USAArizona State University – Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
USACornell University – Department of Science and Technology Studies
USAUniversity of California Davis – Science & Technology Studies
USAUniversity of Chicago – Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
USAGeorgia Institute of Technology – Program in History & Sociology of Technology & Science
USAUniversity of Michigan – Science, Technology and Society Program
USAHarvard University – Program on Science Technology and Society
USAUniversity of British Columbia – Program in STS
USAUC Berkeley – Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society
USAMIT – History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society
USAJohns Hopkins – Department of History of Science and Technology
USARensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Science and Technology Studies
USARochester Institute of Technology – Department of Science, Technology, and Society
USAVirginia Tech – Department of Science and Technology in Society
USAUniversity of Pennsylvania – History and Sociology of Science