3-5 May 2021
Europe/Vienna timezone

Session Tracks

The STS Conference Graz 2021 invites interested researchers in the areas of Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS) and Sustainability Studies to give presentations. The conference provides a forum to discuss a broad variety of topics in these fields. Abstracts are especially encouraged which include aspects of the above-mentioned conference themes or special sessions.

To read the session descriptions, please click 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 Transition

A.2 In- and Outside Open Science

A.3 How responsible is your research? RRI in making and doing

A.4 Open Science: Closing the Gap between Scientific Expertise and Policy-Making?

A.5 Connecting.Ideas4Research


B - Digitalization of Society

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

B.2 Digitalization of Higher Education: Revolutionizing Education or the Digitalization of Traditional Solutions?

B.3 Digitalization as a Transformational Force for Transcultural Communication

B.4 Standardisation and the Digital Society

B.5 The Digitalization 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

B.12 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Tackle Societal Issues in the Realm of Artificial Intelligence

B.13 Open and Collaborative forms of Organisation for the Production of Knowledge and Material Artefacts in Global South

C - Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems

C.1 Just Transitions, Whole Systems, and the Lived Experiences of Decarbonisation Pathways

C.2 The Use of Situational Grounded Theory: a Research Method to Understand the Development of Energy Transition in Transition Areas in Dutch Cities

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 Sustainability Transitions and Institutional Change

D - Gender, Technology and Society

D.1 Inequalities in Higher Education: (Intersecting) Theoretical, Empirical, and Practical Examinations

D.2 Beyond Subservient Femininity: Troubling Conversational Agents

D.3 Let´s talk about money, sister! - Governance strategies for structural change in science and research

D.4 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)


F -  Life Sciences – Biotechnology

F.1 New Techniques for Plant Breeding and Genetic Engineering: Epistemic Issues, Qualitative Changes and Socio-economic Aspects


G - Predicting, Promoting and Shaping Socio-technical Change

G.1 Cultures of Prediction

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


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 indicate "poster" as your presentation type.