STIR seminars 2022
Every last Friday of the month online
8:30–10:00am AZ, 5:30–7:00pm CET
What are the seminars about?
STIR seminars provide opportunities to learn, connect, and grow the STIR community worldwide. Experienced STIR researchers present and discuss STIR studies that are circulated among seminar participants in advance. Recordings of past seminars may be viewed on our Youtube channel.
Who should participate?
The seminar series brings together STIR researchers worldwide. Policy makers and professionals who are interested in STIR and in collaborations with STIR researchers are welcome to join.
Who organizes the events?
Erik Fisher, Cynthia Pickering, Lyric Peate (Arizona State University, US), Mareike Smolka (Maastricht University, NL)Co-organizers:
Michiel van Oudheusden (KU Leuven, BE), Miklós Lucovics (University of Szeged, HU), Alan Tkaczyk (University of Tartu, EE), Mone Spindler (University Tübingen, DE), Alexandra Hausstein (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE), Antonia Bierwirth (Tecnalia Centre of Applied Research and Technology Development, ES), Steven Flipse (TU Delft, NL), Peter Stegmaier (University of Twente, NL)
Who supports us?
The seminar series is supported by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). It received the EASST Fund 2021-22.
Socio-technical integration is any process by which technical experts take into account the societal dimensions of their work as an integral part of that work.SocioTechnial Integration Research (STIR) studies this phenomenon by collaboratively describing it in real-time.STIR seeks to (1) understand expert technical capacities to respond to societal considerations, (2) explore to what extent these capacities can be more robustly exercised and (3) enhance these capacities where possible. It pursues these objectives through guided activities that allow technical experts to systematically exercise their capacities while going about their normal work.STIR has been tested in over 80 studies worldwide.
JAN 28 - Steven Flipse
Flipse, S.M., van der Sanden, M.C.A. & Osseweijer, P. (2013) Midstream Modulation in Biotechnology Industry: Redefining What is ‘Part of the Job’ of Researchers in Industry. Science and Engineering Ethics 19, 1141–1164. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-012-9411-6
FEB 25 - Daan Schuurbiers
Schuurbiers, D. (2011) What happens in the Lab: Applying Midstream Modulation to Enhance Critical Reflection in the Laboratory. Science and Engineering Ethics 17, 769–788. https//doi.org/10.1007/s11948-011-9317-8
MAR 25 - Shannon Conley
Conley, S.N. & Fisher, E. (2019) Developing a Theoretical Scaffolding for Interactional Competence: A Conceptual and Empirical Investigation into Competence Versus Expertise. In The Third Wave in Science and Technology Studies, edited by D.S. Caudill et al., 235–253. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14335-0_13
APR 25 - Mareike Smolka
Smolka, M., Fisher, E. & Hausstein A. (2021) From Affect to Action: Choices in Attending to Disconcertment in Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Science, Technology & Human Values 46(5), 1076–1103. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243920974088
MAY 27 - Erik Fisher
Fisher, E. (2007) Ethnographic Invention: Probing the Capacity of Laboratory Decisions. Nanoethics 1(2), 155–165. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11569-007-0016-5
JUL 29 - Anthony Levenda
Background reading: Levenda, A. M., Richter, J., Miller, T. R. & Fisher, E. (2019) Regional sociotechnical imaginaries and the governance of energy innovations. Futures 109(May), 181–191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2018.03.001.
AUG 26 - Juan Carlos García and Cristian Puga-González
Working paper: García, J. C. & Puga-Gonzáles, C. (2022) Socio-Technical Integration Research in Mexico: Unveiling an Incarceration Triad for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. pdf.
SEP 29 - Miklós Lukovics and Nikoletta Nádas
Lukovics M., Udvari, B., Nádas, N. , & Fisher, E. (2019) Raising Awareness of Researchers-in-the-Making. Towards Responsible Research and Innovation. Journal of the Knowledge Economy. 10(4), 1558-1577. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13132-019-00624-1.
OCT 28 - Paul Ellwood
Panda K. & Ellwood P. (2013) Strategic and ethical foundations for responsible innovation. Research Policy 42: 1112–1125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2013.02.007
NOV25 – François Thoreau
Thoreau, F. (2011) On Reflections and Reflexivity: Unpacking Research Dispositifs. In Quantum Engagements: Social Reflections of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies. Amsterdam: IOS Press. pdf
DEC30 – Robert Pronk
Background reading: Pronk, R. (2018) Modelling Midstream Modulation in Medical Technology: An investigation of communication characteristics and effectiveness. Master thesis, TU Delft. Repository
Every Friday online
9:30–10:00am AZ, 5:30–7:00pm CET To receive the zoom link for the practice lab session, please contact Erik Fisher.
To gain practical experience in using the STIR method, you can join the practice lab. Experienced STIR researchers will facilitate the sessions and answer questions. You can drop in for any practice lab session you like. There is no registration required.
JAN 28 - 9:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
Midstream Modulation in Biotechnology: Redefining what is 'part of the job' of researchers in industry
FEB 25 - 9:30am AZ / 5:30 CET
What Happens in the Lab: Applying midstream modulation to enhance critical reflection in the laboratory
MAR 25 - 9:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
STIRring Forms of Life: Applying STIR Approaches and Sensibilities in Laboratory, Pedagogical, and Interdisciplinary Engagement Spaces
APR 29 - 8:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
Affect and careful engagement in STIR
MAY 27 - 8:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
On being surprised by the practical effects of STIR
JUN 23 - 3:00pm AZ / 9:00am AED (Jun 24)
Contemplating Nanotechnology Waste in an Environmental Engineering Lab: A Waste of Time?
JUL 29 - 8:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
Why can't engineers think about this sort of thing? The importance of reaching out to affected users
AUG 26 - 8:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
Juan Carlos García and Cristian Puga Gonzales
STIR research in Mexico: Unveiling an Incarceration Triad for Responsible Research and Innovation
SEP 29 - 8:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
Miklós Lucovics and Nikoletta Nádas
Lessons from STIR in post-
socialist innovation environments
OCT 28 - 8:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
Socio-technical decision points in a UK nanotechnology lab for commercial applications
NOV 25 - 9:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
On Reflections and Reflexivity: Unpacking Research Dispositifs
DEC 30 - 9:30am AZ / 5:30pm CET
Communication characteristics in Midstream Modulation
Erik Fisher, [email protected]