Program and Invitation to “2 Days of… B.STS!” Ghent, Feb. 10-11 2015

A two-day workshop for predoctoral and postdoctoral Belgian researchers in Science and Technology Studies.

Aims & Scope:
During these 2 Days of… B.STS! the Belgian Science, Technology and Society Network aims to gather researchers working in Science and Technology Studies at all Belgian universities. The event aims to provide an ideal opportunity to get to know, and present your work to, the community of emerging and established researchers in the field, to share ideas, to get thorough feedback, and to build a stronger community.

When & Where:
This first edition of the 2 Days of…B.STS! will be organized by the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science of Ghent University (UGent).
When: Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 February 2015.
Where: The workshop will take place at the convention centre Het Pand, in the city centre of Ghent.

The program and all further information can be found here:

Invited Speakers:
We invited Rob Hagendijk (UVA, Amsterdam) and Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter, Exeter) as experts in the field. They will both give a lecture, and will rely on their expertise to give feedback to presenters.

Rob Hagendijk is Dean Emeritus of the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences (ISHSS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He has been trained in sociology, political science and philosophy and he has been studying problems in science, technology and society since the early 1970s. He has a special interest in STS and social theory and has done research on public controversies over science and technology, public engagement and participation, EU science policy and governance, innovation, science and technology for development, and developments in various fields of science (ecology, 19th century biology, psychology, sociology, water management, rare diseases). Since 2012 his research focuses on rare diseases, pharmaceutical innovation, EU health policy and solidarity as transnational phenomena. He is one of the founding members of the Amsterdam Department for Science and Technology Dynamics (1982) and of the Netherlands Graduate School for STS (WTMC) of which he is still a member. From 1992 – 2000 he was Treasurer and President of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). In 1998 he was cofounder of the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences at the UVA of which he was also the dean till 2008. With Sheila Jasanoff and others he established 2002 the Harvard-based Science, Technology and Democracy Network (SDN) in 2002. Currently he is a member of the editorial board of the journal Science, Technology and Human Values and the SDN Council. He remains based at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and the UvA’s Political Science Department since his formal retirement in 2014.

Sabina Leonelli is currently associate professor in philosophy and history of science at the University of Exeter, serves as the Associate Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis) and as the Associate Editor of the journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. She is a member of the executive committees of the European Philosophy of Science Association, the UK Network for the Integrated History and Philosophy of Science, the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice and the European Advanced School for the Philosophy of Biology. Further, she is an elected member to the Global Young Academy (until 2016) and she coordinates the GYA positions on open science and globalisation of research. Her current work focuses on the philosophy, history and sociology of data-intensive science, and the implications of the current emphasis on Open Science and Open Data.

Attendance to the meeting is free of charge for all interested people who want to join. But please send an e-mail to to register by January 30th 2015.

Organizing Committee:
Ine Van Hoyweghen (KUL)
Gert Verschraegen (UA)
Erik Weber (UGent)
Leen De Vreese (UGent)

Author: B.STS

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