Programme: 2nd STS Austria Conference – “Innovation and Societal Transformation: Science, Democracy, and Sustainable Futures”

STS Austria-Conference Programme

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Programme (Room Z.1.08)

Monday, 17 September 2018

11:30 Pre-conference workshop for early career researchers and students

Registration; lunch break (self-organised)

14:30 Welcome

14:45 – 16:45 Session 1: Social innovation and social change

Matthias Weber, Doris Schartinger, Wolfram Rhomberg (Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna), Dieter Rehfeld (Institut für Arbeit und Technik, Gelsenkirchen):
Sociotechnical innovations as drivers of social change: Towards a typology

Gerhard Fuchs (University of Stuttgart):
Theorizing social innovations: Netdom switchings, mechanisms and innovations

Astrid Mager (Institute of Technology Assessment, Vienna):
Social innovation: Alternative search engines as drivers for social change?

Bernhard Wieser (University of Technology, Graz):
Repair and reuse as social innovation

Coffee break

17:00 -19:00 Session 2: Participation and citizen engagement

Saheli Datta (King’s College London):
Emerging dynamics of evidence and trust in online user-to-user engagement: The case of ‘unproven’ stem cell therapies

Anja Bauer (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Alexander Bogner (University of Innsbruck), Daniela Fuchs (Institute of Technology Assessment, Vienna):
“If you have a hammer everything looks like a nail“: Technology bias in invited participation on emerging technologies

Niklas Gudowsky (Institute of Technology Assessment, Vienna), Aaron Rosa (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe):
What to fund? Comparing expert- and citizen-based research directions

Franz Seifert (Vienna):
Nanotechnology: Democratizing a hyped-up technology?

19:30 Dinner (option for common dinner at a nearby restaurant, self-pay)

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote lecture and discussion

Luigi Pellizzoni (University of Pisa):
Foreclosing Future? Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) and Open Science & Innovation (OSI) as pre-emptive politics

Coffee break

10:15 – 12:15 Session 3: Relevance and responsibility across academic cultures

Ulrike Felt, Max Fochler (University of Vienna):
Between visibility, impact and relevance. How social scientists conceptualise the relation of their research to society

Erich Griessler, Tamara Brandstätter (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna):
Responsible research and innovation in basic research: Chance or threat?

Andrea Schikowitz (Vienna University of Economics and Business):
Constituting ‘Societal Relevance’ in Transdisciplinary Collaborations

Ulrike Felt, Maximilian Fochler, Lisa Sigl (University of Vienna):
“I am primarily paid for publishing …”: Ascribing and assuming responsibility in academic life science research

Lunch break (self-organised); early career researchers and students’ lunch

14:15 – 16:15 Session 4: Governance and the science-policy interface

Anna Schreuer (University of Graz), Jenan Irshaid, Daniel Barben (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt):
Climate scenarios at the science-policy interface: A reflexive governance perspective

Pouya Sepehr (University of Vienna):
Urbanizing Poverty: Mapping assemblage and the making of urban poverty

Tim Seitz (University of Technology, Berlin):
Governing through experiments – Nudging and the reconfiguration of science and politics

Franc Mali (University of Ljubljana):
The need to create open innovation models for the new emerging technologies: The case of human genome editing technology

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:30 Session 5: Innovation pathways

Nils Matzner (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt):
Where should CE innovation go? Epistemic communities shaping innovation pathways of climate engineering

Ingrid Metzler (University of Vienna):
Making futures by infrastructuring the past? The emergence of cell free fetal DNA testing in Austria

Beate Friedrich (Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Miriam Boyer (Free University of Berlin), Daniela Gottschlich (diversu e.V.), Sarah Hackfort (Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung, Berlin):
Contested agricultures – contested futures. How are sustainable futures (un)made in the debate on GMOs and New Breeding Techniques (NBT)?

Jan-Christoph Rogge (Social Science Research Centre, Berlin):
Framing electric vehicles in Germany and the UK – Driving or impeding innovation?

18:45 STS Austria Mitgliederversammlung

20:00 Drinks & Sandwiches (provided by STS Austria)

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

09:00 – 10:30 Session 6: Innovation and cross-sectoral transformation

Michael Ornetzeder (Institute of Technology Assessment, Vienna):
Towards a new framework for studying socio-technical implications of energy transitions

Daniel Barben (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt):
Ambiguities of emerging bioeconomy: Innovation patchwork or comprehensive transformation strategy?

Fred Steward (Imperial College, London), Midori Aoyagi (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba), Ritsuko Ozaki (University of Winchester):
Infrastructure and lifestyle in sociotechnical networks of transformative innovation

Coffee break

10:45 – 12:15 Session 7: Politics of technological and social transformation

Alexander I. Stingl (Collège d’études mondiales, Paris):
Bioeconomy as cognitive culture and organization: Cognitive capitalism, ecosystem services, transnational jurisprudence

Claus Seibt (Transformation and Futures Research, Lörrach):
Transformation and innovation – Schumpeter and Polyani as political counterculture?

Petra Schaper-Rinkel (Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna):
Triggering transformative change through innovation? New approaches in innovation policy and the limits of future change

Coffee break

12:30 – 13:30 Final discussion: Conclusion and outlook

Option: Post-conference activities (tbd)




Conference Planning Committee:

Daniel Barben

Maximilian Fochler

Michael Ornetzeder

Petra Schaper-Rinkel

Helene Sorgner

Lisa Sigl

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