New STS Austria Board elected

At the general assembly on December 6, 2022, a new STS Austria board was elected featuring representatives of several Austrian institutions and three early-career researchers. Doris Allhutter was elected as president, and Erik Aarden will resume his position as treasurer. We thank our outgoing board members and president for their service and are looking forward to the new board’s activities in 2023-2024!

The newly elected board (2023-2024)

General Assembly/Business Meeting 2022 & Keynote Ulrike Felt

We warmly invite you to our upcoming business meeting!

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 14:00-18:00
Where: Alte Burse (ÖAW), Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Wien

Annual Meeting STS Austria_agenda_2022

The formal meeting will be followed by a keynote from Prof. Ulrike Felt on the topic of her ERC grant:

Innovation in reverse – How to govern innovation societies differently through engaging with the residues of innovation
Today, scientific and technological innovations are staged as the drivers of societal development; huge promises gravitate around them; citizens are called to assure an innovation-friendly climate; and innovation is presented as key to international competitiveness. What if we disrupt this wide-spread innovation society beliefs and reverse our perspective? The aim of my ERC project is to make the left-behinds, the residues of innovation the main protagonists of our stories of pasts and futures of innovation societies. We will explore how contemporary societies make sense of, live with, and care for residues.
Giving residues voice could make space for alternative imaginaries of our lives in innovation societies. Reading innovation societies through the complex manifestations of these residues promises new insights into the innovation choices we make. It sensitizes us to issues of intergenerational justice and distribution of risk. And it makes visible whose imaginations, values, and knowledges count when venturing into unknown territories. More than anything, it confronts us with the fragile nature of our ways of caring for environmental futures.
Three very different innovation residues and their journeys through our societies will be central — nuclear waste, microplastics and “data waste”.

Ausschreibung zur Förderung von Veranstaltungen/ Call for Event Funding Support

Um die Sichtbarkeit und den Austausch bzw. die Vernetzung von STS Forschung in Österreich voranzutreiben, hat STS Austria die Möglichkeit, 1-2 Veranstaltungen, die im Kalenderjahr 2023 durchgeführt werden sollen, finanziell zu unterstützen. Insgesamt stehen dafür 1500 EUR zur Verfügung. Wir laden daher STS Austria Mitglieder ein, Anträge zur Förderung von Veranstaltungen einzubringen. Antragsberechtigt sind alle Mitglieder von STS Austria, eventuelle Mitorganisator:innen müssen nicht Mitglied sein. Gefördert werden können unterschiedliche Arten von Veranstaltungen (z.B. Workshops, Konferenzen, Vorträge, Diskussionsrunden, Arbeitsgruppen), welche die Vereinsziele von STS Austria unterstützen. Der Vorstand von STS Austria fordert insbesondere zum Einreichen von Veranstaltungen auf, die sich

a) an Nachwuchswissenschafter:innen richten,

b) die in Kooperationen mit unterschiedlichen Institutionen stattfinden und/oder die

c) außerhalb Wiens stattfinden.


Die Anträge auf Förderung sollten folgende Informationen enthalten:

  • Titel der Veranstaltung
  • Abstract der Veranstaltung (300-500 Wörter), das folgende Punkte adressiert:
    • Kurze Beschreibung des Themas der Veranstaltung
    • Kurze Darstellung wie die Veranstaltung mit den Vereinszielen von STS Austria übereinstimmt
    • Art der Veranstaltung (z.B. Workshop, Diskussionsveranstaltung, Vortrag) und Programmelemente (Präsentationen von Workshopteilnehmer:innen, Keynotes, Inputs, Arbeitsaufträge, etc)
    • Informationen über Adressat:innen (an wen richtet sich die Veranstaltung?) & die geplante Größe der Veranstaltung
    • grober Zeitplan der Organisation (z.B. Deadlines bei call for papers)
  • Namen, institutionelle Zugehörigkeit und Kontaktdaten der Organisator:innen
  • Zeitpunkt und Dauer der Veranstaltung
  • Ort der Veranstaltung
  • geplantes Budget (Gesamtbudget und der Anteil der von STS Austria übernommen werden soll, sowie Angabe weiterer Finanzierungsquellen)


Einreichfrist: 30. November 2022.

Kontakt: Bitte schicken Sie den Antrag per E-Mail an

Alle Anträge werden von den Vorstandsmitgliedern von STS Austria begutachtet. Erfolgreiche Antragsteller:innen werden bis 31. Dezember 2022 informiert.


English Version: Funding Support for STS Events

To foster exchange among the Austrian STS community and increase its visibility, STS Austria will financially support 1-2 academic events taking place in 2023. A total of 1500 Euro is available for this purpose. We invite all members of STS Austria to apply for event funding support. Only members of STS Austria are eligible to apply, but potential co-organizers of the event do not need to be members. We will fund different kinds of events (workshops, conferences, lectures, roundtable discussions, working groups) supporting the mission of STS Austria. In particular, we invite applications for events, which

a) address early-career researchers,

b) involve cooperation between different institutions and/or

c) take place outside of Vienna.


Your application should contain the following:

  • Title of Event
  • Abstract (300-500 words), addressing the following:
    • description of the topic/theme
    • how the event relates to STS Austria’s organizational mission
    • the kind of event planned (workshop, discussion, lecture) and elements of the program (presentations, keynotes, inputs, work assignments, …)
    • target audience and expected number of participants
    • a rough schedule of the organizational steps (e.g. deadline of CfC)
  • Names, affiliation and contact info of organizers
  • Date and duration of event
  • Venue/location of event
  • Envisaged budget (budget overview, specific costs to be covered by STS Austria, as well as other sources of funding)


Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2022.

Please send your application via e-mail to

All applications will be reviewed by the STS Austria board members. Successful applicants will be notified by December 31, 2022.

STS Austria_Call Veranstaltungen 2022

Workshop Invitation “STS: Skills, Career Trajectories and Stories” #2

We warmly invite you to a second installment of STS Austria’s workshop “STS: Skills, Career Trajectories and Stories” on career orientation and different professional paths for STS graduates. The workshop will take place ONLINE on Wednesday, Nov 24th, 2021, 14:00 – 17:00, via Zoom.

The workshop presents an opportunity for current students and recent graduates in STS and related fields to learn about the diverse areas and fields of work where STS related knowledge and skills can be applied. Former STS students now working in areas such as research administration and funding, programme management, communications, public health and legal research, will share their professional experiences and stories in a “living books” format, providing room for individual questions and in-depth discussion.

We are happy to announce our workshop will open with our keynote speaker Professor Aristotle Tympas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) who will lend his experiences overseeing and directing multiple masters and graduate level programs in STS and share his perspective on STS career opportunities.

We kindly ask that all participants register for the event via email to Registrations will be accepted until Tuesday 22nd.
We will send out the Zoom link to everyone who registered on the morning before the workshop.


Wednesday, Nov 24th 

14:00-14:05 Welcome
14:05-15:20 Keynote (~45 min, followed by Q&A ~30 min)
15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:45 “Living books” round table discussions with STS graduates (~20min x 3):

Lisa Lehner (Cornell University), Nikolaus Pöchhacker (Institute for Public Law and Political Science, University of Graz), Kay Felder (FFG – Austrian Research Promotion Agency), Dorothea Born (Action for Sustainable Future hub), Valentina Dopona (Leibniz Institute for Media Research, Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), Cylene Souza (essense, Lightkeeper), Robert Herrenbrück (University of Klagenfurt)


This event is organized by STS Austria. All are welcome to join the event – please feel free to forward and share to friends and colleagues!


Workshop “Digital Living, Digital Infrastructuring”: Final Program & Keynote Livestream

Workshop Program:

The final program for our workshop “Digital Living, Digital Infrastructuring”, 1315 September 2021 in Graz is now available:

Download the Final Program


Monday, 13 September, 16:30-18:00 CET
Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (University of Klagenfurt): Digital STS

Tuesday, 14 September, 16:30-18:00 CET
Nina Klimburg-Witjes (University of Vienna): Sensing In/Security: Sensors as transnational security infrastructures 

Both keynotes will be streamed and can be attended via:

We hope to (virtually) welcome many of you there!



Registration Open: ”Digital Living, Digital Infrastructuring”, September 13-15, Graz

We are happy to announce that registration for the STS Austria Workshop ”Digital Living, Digital Infrastructuring” which takes place from 13-15 September in Graz, is now open.
You may download the preliminary program here.
Registration fees are € 50 for regular participants/€ 20 for students and participants with no regular income. There is a € 10 discount for STS Austria members.
Although we will be able to organize the workshop on-site, please note that due to current COVID-regulations, we only have limited spaces available. In addition, Austrian regulations requires participants to carry proof of a recent PCR test, vaccination, or recovery from an infection, as well as to wear a face mask.
In case you would like to participate, please get in touch via for further details.
In spite of the limitations we still have to work with, we hope to be able to welcome you to Graz!
Best wishes
The organizing committee


Call for Papers: “Digital Living, Digital Infrastructuring”

Workshop STS Austria, 13-15 September 2021, Graz:
Digital Living, Digital Infrastructuring

Call for Papers

Science and Technology Studies has repeatedly shown that the social, cultural, technological and political conditions of research, knowledge production and innovation processes are being re-shaped through the digitization of data, the virtualization of communication and collaboration, and the design of underlying infrastructures. The COVID-19 pandemic has, however, drawn new attention to the role of digital infrastructures in private and public life. Politics, work, education, research, and everyday life now rely on virtual spaces and digital online platforms. The increased visibility of our dependence on digital infrastructures has made it clear that access to and control of such infrastructures are unequally distributed, both within Austrian society and internationally. While these infrastructures both contribute to new forms of social change and stabilize existing social relations, they invoke changing forms of individual and collective agency through invitations to participate, collaborate, trade, rate, comment, and share. Yet due to the private nature of digital infrastructures available to the general public, they largely remain outside of democratic control.

Starting from this heightened awareness of the role of digital infrastructures, this workshop will offer an opportunity to reflect on STS scholarship on the digital and to advance theoretical work on infrastructuring and digital practices. The concept of infrastructuring evokes doing as a metaphor and refers to the phenomenon that digital infrastructures emerge dynamically and surprisingly, and are at the same time stable and fragile. We are interested in conceptual and empirically grounded perspectives on the digital and digital infrastructuring that consider its dynamics in relation to human subjectivities as well as broader questions of politics, power and social order. We propose to address digital practices and infrastructuring around themes such as:

  • The wider sociotechnical networks surrounding digital tools and platforms (including large international platforms such as Google, Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, or Zoom) in fields as diverse as research, social media, public administration, and others;
  • The creation of new global and local realities of governance and communication – ranging from the ubiquitous means of holding online meetings to the increased digitization of government services;
  • The multiple controversies, tensions, and disruptions that are emerging around (private) digital infrastructures, including, for example, privacy and discrimination concerns around facial recognition, or delays in COVID-infection data collection and (online) presentation.We specifically invite contributions that explore such themes from diverse methodological starting points, ranging from ethnographic studies of micro-practices to perhaps more abstract macro studies of (global) power relations.

We invite anyone interested in presenting a paper contributing to STS perspectives on digital practices and infrastructures to send an abstract (max. 300 words) to STS Austria by 6 June 2021. We will send out notifications of acceptance by 30 June.

We aim for a hybrid online/offline format. Although we would prefer participants to be part of the full workshop, a hybrid format allows for participation from people who will not be able to travel to Graz (for Covid or other reasons).

The workshop will be a three-day event, starting in the afternoon of September 13 (CET) and ending in the morning of September 15 (CET), to allow people to travel to and from Graz before and after the workshop.

Interaktives Symposium: Leben mit Corona

Von 29. Juni bis 1. Juli findet am Institut für Höhere Studien das interdisziplinäre Symposium “Leben mit Corona” statt, zu dem Sozialwissenschafter*innen verschiedener Disziplinen eingeladen wurden, um ausgehend von aktuellen Forschungsergebnissen im Dialog mit Vertreter*innen öffentlicher Institutionen zu diskutieren, wie sich das Leben in Österreich mit Corona gestaltet und welche weiteren Forschungsfragen sich in Bezug auf gegenwärtige und zukünftige Herausforderungen der Pandemie stellen.

Das Symposium findet am IHS statt, alle Sessions werden live im Internet übertragen.

Programm, Anmeldung und weitere Informationen



New board members elected & STS Austria Prize awarded at annual business meeting

After a successful two-year period in which STS Austria held its second conference and launched several initiatives supporting students and early career researchers in STS, a new board was elected at the annual business meeting on February 25, 2020.

Max Fochler and Karen Kastenhofer will step down from their positions as president and treasurer after four years of board membership, in accordance with STS Austria’s bylaws. Florentine Frantz and Erich Grießler will also leave the board after this period. We wish to thank all of them for their initiative and dedication in helping to further establish STS Austria during the past years. We are also pleased that a number of new members are taking over positions on the board this year. The members of the newly elected board are:

Erik Aarden (Uni Wien): Kassier/ treasurer
Doris Allhutter (ITA)
Daniel Barben (AAU, Klagenfurt): Obmann/ president
Petra Schaper-Rinkel (Uni Graz): Stv. Obfrau / vice-president
Helene Sorgner (AAU, Klagenfurt): Schriftführerin/ secretary
Shauna Stack (Uni Wien/IHS): Nachwuchswissenschaftlerin/ junior scientist
Florian Winkler (UniWien/IHS): Nachwuchswissenschaftler/ junior scientist

This year’s annual business meeting ended with the celebration of the excellent scholarship of young researchers in STS, as the first STS Austria Prize for Early Career Publications was awarded to Ruth Falkenberg, Nils Matzner and Andrea Schikowitz.

You can read more about their work and other outstanding publications by early career researchers in STS here.

One of the missions of STS Austria is to support and promote events which improve scholarly communication and exchange in the field and integrate junior researchers in STS.

If you have an idea for an event or an initiative supporting these goals, let us know!