OVERVIEW Session Tracks

The 18th Annual STS Conference Graz 2019 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.



Thematic Tracks

Digitalization of Society                                                                                                  

S1 Technical standardisation and STS
S2 The politics of algorithmic governance. Data subjects and social ordering in the digital age
S3 Socio-technical challenges of health technologies
S4 Applying artificial intelligence on vulnerable target groups: chances and challenges
S5 Technology and the promise of decentralization
S6 Exploring critical and engaged approaches for investigating the complexities of digital health
S7 Humans & machines in healthcare contexts: interdisciplinary perspectives


Digital transparency for more sustainability on the business level


Effects of sociotechnical systems that generate virtureal workspaces


Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign                             

S10 Food water energy nexus and sustainable urban governance
S11 STS - Design - Sustainability

Towards Low-Carbon Energy and Mobility Systems                                            

S12 Towards a second stage of energy transition? - Socio-technical dimension of sector coupling
S13 The social pillar in the transition to a sustainable society/industry
S14 The spatialities of waste
S15 Aviation and shipping. Blind spots within the debate over sustainable mobilities
S16 STS perspectives on China´s low-carbon energy and mobility systems
S17 The role of users in energy transition: What do we know, what should we know?
S18 Is the Circular Economy able to transform the built environment in cities?

Gender - Technology - Environment                                                                           

S19 It´s time for structural change, sister!
S20 ´Queering diversity` - in search of the queer and the class in academia and research


Teaching STS                                                                                                                    

S21 Engineering education and STS: cources and teachnig/learning units on the social and ecological responsibility of engineers
S22 Engaging with the diversity of pedagogical experiences beyond the analysis of controversies
S23 Teaching STS: a call for workshop participation
S24 Mainingful science and technology education for kids

Life Sciences / Biotechnology                                                                                      

S25 Genome editing: revolution or another incremental step in the life sciences?
S26 Governing life science in the age of globalization: security, ethics, and emotions


Science and Society Relationships revisited                                                             

S27 Valuing and knowing: studying the entanglement of valuation and knowledge practices
S28 The uptake of open science
S29 Institutionalizing Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): structural change as a means to institutionalize RRI


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
online form.

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

Notification of selected abstracts by: February 2019

Conference language: English