At the 40th anniversary of EASST, we want to reflect upon what STS means for us as researchers in and around the discipline as well as what future we imagine for it. We invite participants to a meeting focused on early-career researchers (ECRs; defined broadly) to discuss STS and our role within it as the field moves forward. If you are early in your academic career, regardless of your age or rank (PhD postdoc etc.) you are welcome for an informal discussion about your engagements, position, and experiences within and around STS. 

We will discuss such questions as: How do we as ECRs want to engage with the discipline? What do we want from our education and professional development? What should career in STS look like? How do you situate yourself (primarily) towards STS and how do you use it? What kinds of expertise do you bring to research, and what are the typical/expected kinds of expertise in STS? How do different people want to engage with the discipline? What are the political implications and motivations of STS research? How can we make what we do matter for the current world and its various crises (climate change, migration, etc.)? What future(s) do we want for STS and its role within efforts to address such crises?


James Besse

James Besse is a PhD candidate in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His research examines the implementation of the EU Settlement Scheme and its impacts on vulnerable groups and the development of British e-government. Apart from his PhD James works as a training fellow for the Center for Data Culture and Society and is the Editorial Assistant for the EASST Review.

Sarah Rose Bieszczad

Sarah Rose Bieszczad is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University. Her research examines how European deep-sea researchers navigate changing governance and evaluation systems and the subsequent constitutive effects these larger transitions have on their daily research practices.