Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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The Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) has established a number of important international collaborations. These have produced generous support for the Program’s work, student exchanges, summer schools, joint research projects, public outreach efforts, and workshops or other programmatic events. Collaborations currently exist with:

Bassetti Foundation, Milan

The Bassetti Foundation generously supports the outreach and dissemination efforts of the Science and Democracy Network (SDN). Further details are provided at the SDN website.

European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

In 2008, the STS Program together with EMBL and the European School of Molecular Medicine in Milan hosted the European Science & Society Summer School (E4S) on Deconstructing and Reconstructing Life: From Classification to Design. It is hoped and expected that these events will become a regular part of EMBL’s training activities.

European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan

The STS Program collaborates with SEMM in joint teaching and training activities through SEMM’s Ph.D. program in “Foundations of the Life Sciences and Their Ethical Consequences.” Highlights include occasional seminars by STS director Sheila Jasanoff at SEMM, visits to Harvard by SEMM doctoral students, and joint collaboration with EMBL on the European Science & Society Summer School (E4S).

University of Cambridge, Department of Geography

In 2005-2007, the Departments of Geography and History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge jointly sponsored Sheila Jasanoff’s appointment as Leverhulme Visiting Professor. That visit initiated ongoing discussions with the Geography Department about STS teaching and training activities. Subsequent collaboration has included student exchanges from Cambridge to Harvard, as well as joint workshops and conferences. The 2007 SDN Annual Meeting was held in Cambridge, with co-sponsorship by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

University of Sussex, STEPS (Social, Technical, and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre

STS collaborates with the University of Sussex through Jasanoff’s membership on the STEPS Centre Advisory Board, through jointly designed projects (see in particular the Knowledge Society Debates held in India in January 2009), and through varied scholarly exchanges between the STS Program and the STEPS Centre.

University of Vienna, Department of Social Studies of Science

The STS Program collaborates with the Department of Social Studies of Science at the University of Vienna through teaching and research. Products of this collaboration include the 10th Summer School at Raach (2009), in which Sheila Jasanoff served as instructor and resource person. In addition, department head Professor Ulrike Felt and Jasanoff participated in the European Union project that led to the report Taking European Knowledge Societies Seriously.