CFP: "Science in Public Conference" - 20-21 July 2012, University College London (UK) - Deadline: April 2, 2012

Science in Public Conference 2012

Hosted by the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London

20th and 21st July 2012 at UCL


Now in its 7th year, the Science in Public conference brings together those strands of academia which consider the relationships between science and ‘the public’, multiple publics, and the public sphere. This conference provides a wide-ranging platform for discussing and debating emerging cross-disciplinary perspectives, as well as showcasing recent and developing research findings. Delegates come from many disciplines: science and technology studies, history of science, geography, psychology, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, science communication, development studies, English literature, science policy studies and more.

This year, the conference will host the initial meeting of the Science in Public Research Network: an opportunity for academics and others interested in research to meet, discuss the field, and stay in touch beyond the conference.

This year, we invite two main types of submissions:

1) Single presentations – You are welcome to submit an outline for a proposed presentation on any topic falling broadly under the remit described above. Presentations can build on work by multiple authors (e.g. a team of researchers or a graduate student and their supervisor(s)), however it is normally expected that only a single person will present the work on the day. Accepted presentations will be grouped together into similar thematic areas to produce a wider streamed session consisting of multiple linked presentations. Individual presentations will be approximately 15 - 20 minutes in duration, with additional time left within each session for questions and discussion.

2) Panel proposals – Within a panel proposal you should describe the overall theme of the panel, as well as the areas of focus for each of the contributors within the panel. Please also clarify what format your panel will take – e.g. a series of individual (linked) presentations, or a more discursive format. We are particularly keen to encourage interdisciplinary panels from multiple different institutions / research projects on key public science issues e.g. climate change, geo-engineering, energy policy. Panel proposal submissions should include an overarching panel abstract as well as individual abstracts for each of the presentations on the panel. Panel sessions will be allocated a 1.5 hour slot.

Potential contributors should email an abstract of up to 300 words to Yin Au ( by 2nd April 2012. In addition to your abstract(s) please include a presentation / panel title as well as full contact details (name, affiliation, email) of all contributors and session organisers.

All submissions should be emailed to ( For any wider queries regarding the conference or to discuss the suitability of your session ideas please contact either Simon Lock ( or Karen Bultitude (

Successful submissions will be notified by 1st May 2012. We look forward to welcoming you to the conference in July, and to continuing the lively discussions in this area.

The conference website can be found at:

Details of keynote speakers, registration, accommodation and other conference events will be posted here shortly.

Dr Simon J Lock

Teaching Fellow in STS

Global Citizenship Study Abroad Programme Co-ordinator

Department of Science and Technology Studies


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020 7679 3763 (internal: x33763)

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