4-6 May 2020
Europe/Vienna timezone

Overview Session Tracks

The  STS Conference Graz 2020 invites interested researchers in the areas of Science, Technology and  Society Society Studies (STS) and Sustainability Studies to give presentations. The conference provides a forum to discuss on a broad variety of topics in these fields – especially abstracts are encouraged which include some aspects of the above mentioned conference themes or special sessions.

To read the session abstracts, please click on the link of the respective session track.


Thematic Tracks

A - Open Science: Rethinking the science and society relationship

A.1 Governance, Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Transitition

A.2 Using Indigenous Knowledge to Promote Sustainable Development in Africa: Towards Decolonizing Development Science

A.3 In- and Outside Open Science

A.4 How responsible is your research? RRI in making and doing

A.5 Open Science: Closing the Gap between Scientific Expertise and Policy-Making?

A.6 Open and collaborative forms of organisation for the production of knowledge and material artefacts in the developing world

A.7 Citizen science as a way to the social research democratisation

A.8  Sociotechnical Imaginaries and open science: Art as method and film as medium


B - Digitalization of Society

B.1 Social Innovation cha(lle)nging Digital Urban Governance

B.2 Digitalisation of higher education: revolutionising education or the digitalisation of traditional solutions?

B.3 Putting the Netizen at the Center of Data Protection and Privacy

B.4 Standardisation and the Digital Society

B.5 The Digitalisation of Markets and Big Data as a Threat to a Democratic Society

B.6 Digital Platforms and the Transformation of Public Communication

B.7 Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning - a Challenge for the Social Studies of Technology (?)

B.8 Robots and the (Dis)simulation of the Human World

B.9 Digitalisation and Work: Perils and Promise

B.10 Models, Simulations & Algorithms - Policy Support in the Digital Age

B.11 Algorithmic inequality. Intersectional divisions in the digital society


C - Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems

C.1 Just transitions, whole systems, and the lived experiences of decarbonisation pathways

C.2 Effective use of Stakeholder Management Technology to stimulate system innovation: a multiple case study of Energy Transition in NW Europe

C.3 Incumbent enterprises and sustainability transitions

C.4 Energy policy advice: What kind of scientific advice is needed to support the sustainability transition of energy systems?

C.5 Frames, imaginaries, and storylines in European shale gas futures

C.6 Interventions and policy mixes focusing on individual factors and structure to change household energy consumption

C.7 Taking care of energy infrastructures


D - Gender, Technology and Society

D.1 Queer-feminist and crip technoscience

D.2 Inequalities in Higher Education: (intersecting) theoretical, empirical, and practical examinations

D.3 Beyond Subservient Femininity: Troubling Conversational Agents

D.4 New Materialist Perspectives on Love, Sex, and Desire

D.5 Strategies to overcome inequalities in science and research: How can academia become a social gender just place?

D.6 Playing with a Politics-of-How: Sensuous Practices-in-the-Making


E - Mobility: A socio-technical system on the way to sustainability?

E.1 Electric mobility and vehicle-to-grid in transition(s)

E.2 Student mobility scross bordering countries and sustainability: an appraisal


F-  Life Sciences - Biotechnology

F.1 What’s new in the New Plant Breeding Techniques?

F.2 Socio-economic relevance of novel genetically modified organisms


G - Predicting, Promoting and Shaping socio-technical Change

G.1 Cultures of Prediction

G.2 STS & Design – Design for Sustainability, Design for Society

G.3 Returning Earth to men and men to Earth: an ecosystem approach to public policy, advocacy and education


 H - Sustainable Food Systems


H.1 Transforming the food system: theoretical and practical perspectives



Poster Session

We also appreciate proposals for poster presentations.

The accepted posters will be presented in an open plenary session during which every presenter will have about 2-3 minutes to present their poster. The audience will then have the opportunity to ask or engage in one-on-one discussions.

For submitting a proposal for a poster please use the online form and indicate poster as your presentation type.



Abstract Submission

The abstract needs to be submitted online.

It should not exceed 500 words, max. 5 keywords, and the abstract with authors’ contact details should be submitted by using the LINK

Please indicate the number of the session in which your presentation should be included.

Notification of selected abstracts:

Conference language: English