Over the past several years, the Asia-Pacific has experienced disasters on various scales and severity, often compounded by technological system failures, such as the 311 earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Sowel ferry disaster in Korea, and the propene explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In addition, recent scandals regarding food safety in Taiwan and China have created a sense of urgency. These disasters and threats have brought major controversies over how to ensure a safe future in a risk society, and they have also drawn people from different sectors to participate in the discussion. Most importantly, the public has become even more critical in shaping the climate of civil and policy making opinions. Confronting these disasters, how do we mobilize and empower the public to engage in the improvement of a technological society in order to increase our resilience in the face of giant disasters?
Deborah Bird Rose, University of New South Wales, Australia
Tadashi Kobayashi, Osaka University, Japan
Kuei-Tien Chou, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Hee-Je Bak, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Sulfikar Amir, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Science and technology in society has an important role to play in investigating disasters wherever they arise. We would therefore like to invite scholars and activists to exchange ideas and findings on the topic of disasters, controversies and public engagements in the Asia-Pacific region.
STS topics are welcome, including but not limited to:
Food & Agriculture
Finance & Markets
Gender & Technology
Modeling & Numbers-work
Normativity & Normalization
Citizenship & Activism
Information & Media
Science & Law
Environment & Ecology
Government, Policy & Politics
Theory & Method
Disability & Assistive Technology
Knowledge & its Limits
February 1st , 2015 Submission opens
April 15th, 2015 Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals
May 30th, 2015 Acceptance Notification
July 31st, 2015 Early Bird Registration closes
(All presenters must register to be included in the program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.)
Individual submission abstract:
Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session. You may choose to submit your paper abstract to one of the topics listed above where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can leave panel selection to the program chairs.
Session proposal abstract:
Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 200 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be designed to fit one-and-half-hour time slots. A typical session will contain three papers with a discussant. A maximum of four paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session.
TO SUBMIT, please visit http://apstsn.tw-sts.org/
Presentation time: A feature of APSTSN conferences is that adequate space and time is provided for presentations and questions. For each presentation, we will arrange 20 minutes for the delivery of the presentation and 10 minutes for questions as a minimum.
Program Participation: To ensure there is adequate time for the above we request that individuals may be listed for only one paper presentation as the presenter and one other role (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances. That is, we request one single authored paper and one co-authored paper as the limit with regard to abstracts and presentations.
STS Fair (Oct, 3rd Saturday afternoon 3:00~5:30pm)
Science, Technology and Society (STS) researches have always paid special attention to social involvements of academic findings. The 2015 APSTSN conference will hold an interactive STS FAIR session, to encourage networking between scholars, social activists, policy makers, government agents, industrial managers, designers and representatives from communities, NGOs, NPOs, and more. We hope participants will gain insights for developing projects and future collaborations. This fair is thus intended to nurture STS networking and research that integrates social practices and academic advances. (Please see website for details)
Early bird (by July 31st)
Regular (after July 31st )
Delegates with paper presentation
Non Taiwan STS member
1st Table free, 2nd and more 15 USD
Taiwan STS member after support
Non Taiwan STS member
15 USD per table
Taiwan STS member after support
15 USD per table
(1) APSTSN offer financial support for students, unsalaried APSTSN members, and members whose salaries are insufficient to support the registration fee. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with requesting reason for a partial fee waiver.
(2) Taiwan STS Association will make support to their members by 100 USD for the delegates with paper presentation, and 40 USD for the audience. Please contact Taiwan STS association about the financial support.
Venue: Garden Villa, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Special room rate available for conference delegates, see website for details.
Traveling to Kaohsiung: http://khh.travel/en/default1.asp
Conference Website: http://apstsn.tw-sts.org/
The Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTSN) was formed in 2008. It offers a new regional identity for STS scholars to complement their local, national and sub-regional STS networks. In 2015, the APSTSN biennial conference will be held in Taiwan for the first time. (http://apstsn.org/)
Contact: email@example.com for the conference
STS FAIR Invitation
2015, Oct, 3rd Saturday afternoon 3:00~5:30pm
Science, Technology and Society (STS) researches have always paid special attention to social involvements of academic findings. The 2015 APSTSN conference will hold an interactive STS FAIR session, to encourage networking between scholars, social activists, policy makers, government agents, industrial managers, designers and representatives from communities, NGOs, NPOs, and more. We hope participants will gain insights for developing projects and future collaborations. This fair is thus intended to nurture STS networking and research that integrates social practices and academic advances.
The format of the fair exhibition can be one or many of the following, but not limited to:
A. related to a paper presented in the conference, ex: citizen environment monitoring projects, assisted technology, board games designed from an STS issues, etc.
B. new topics looking for academic back-up or potentially interesting STS research.
C. film showing and discussions.
D. other interesting ways to encourage STS discussions.
For registered presenters, each person can sign up for one table free of charge.
For all other participants, reservation of a table is 15 USD.
*Table size to be announced later
Conference Website: http://apstsn.tw-sts.org/ | Contact: +886-7-3617141 # 3424; firstname.lastname@example.org