EASST Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop – Torun

Dear PhD students,

We would like to invite you to participate in the Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop at the 2014 EASST Conference in Torun, Poland.

The workshop will take place on 16 September, the day before the main conference starts.

The title of the workshop is ‘Doing STS – within academia and beyond’.

Similarly to previous conference years, the aim of the pre-conference doctoral workshop is to create a platform where PhD students can engage with key issues in being an STS researcher with support and guidance from established STS academics.

The workshop this year has two specific objectives:

  1. To critically engage with what STS researchers practically ‘do’. While postgraduate curricula encompass more and more ‘soft skills’ trainings, wider understandings of these practices are often neglected. The aim is to talk about, for example, the engagements with the academic publishing industry, instead of mere successful publishing strategies.
  2. To address how STS can be used in the context of practitioners, policy-makers, activists or even business consultants. This can be a key issue both for scholars willing to reach beyond academia as well as for those two thirds of graduated PhD students who pursue their career outside of academia.

Some preliminary workshop topics:

  • Civil service and policy-making
  • Activism and NGOs
  • Business consultancy
  • Art and design
  • Publishing industry
  • Academic journals
  • Social media
  • Science communication

Participation in the workshop is free of charge, and includes a dinner at the end of the event in a nice Torun restaurant with senior discussants of the workshop and EASST Council members.

Application is available on this link.

The deadline for applications is 25 August.

We are a bit late with the applications, so we definitely encourage you to apply as soon as you can. We will give feedback on the applications as soon as we receive them in order to allow you time to make necessary travel and accommodation arrangements for both the workshop and the main conference.

We look forward seeing you!

Best regards,

Marton Fabok,

EASST Student representative on behalf of the organisers