One of the great meeting events for us folks in the outer provinces of medicine science studies is the joint annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) — this year the theme is “Acting with science, technology and medicine”, and the meeting takes place in Rotterdam, 20-23 August.

As usual dead-line for abstracts and session proposals is tight, viz. 16 February. There are online submission forms on the 4S website. More information on the society websites: http://www.4sonline.org/ and http://www.easst.net/.

These use to be huge meetings with ten or more parallel session. But it is a good chance to get an overview of what is going on in some areas of science, technology and medicine studies. And the fact that this year’s program chair, Roland Bal, comes from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam is an indication of the prominent place that medicine studies has got in the field — what used to be STS (science and technology studies) is now rather STMS (science, technology and medicine studies).

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