New England Workshop on Science and Social Change
and hosted by the BIOSENSE research group at the University of Coimbra, Portugal
The New England Workshop on Science and Social Change (NewSSC) organizes innovative, interaction-intensive workshops designed to facilitate discussion, teaching innovation, and longer-term collaboration among faculty and graduate students who teach and write about interactions between scientific developments and social change.
Specific objectives of NewSSC
1. Promote Social Contextualization of Science
To promote the social contextualization of science in education and other activities beyond the participants' current disciplinary and academic boundaries.
2. Innovative workshop processes
To facilitate participants connecting theoretical, pedagogical, practical, political, and personal aspects of the issue at hand in constructive ways.
3. Training and capacity-building
To train novice and experienced scholars in process / participation skills valuable in activity-centered teaching, workshops, and collaboration.
4. Repeatable, evolving workshops
To provide a workshop model that can be repeated, evolve in response to evaluations, and adapted by participants.
See Background and Rationale for each objective, including how it will be achieved and evaluated.
Spring 2011 Workshop B
This interaction-intensive and collaboration-promoting workshop
begins from the question: How do we make sense of the growing
attention to the collaborations with the public (or different
selection of the public) in the production of knowledge about health
and environmental concerns? All research is collaborative-even
solitary scientists have to secure audiences if their findings are to
become established as knowledge-so why emphasize collaboration in
health and environmental research? The workshop will consider the
diverse reasons that might be put forward to explain that emphasis.
How are different angles on collaboration related in theory and
practice? In what ways can scientists, science educators, science
shop organizers, and researchers in history, philosophy, and social
studies of science conceptualize, interpret, teach about, and engage
in the collaborative generation of knowledge and inquiry? What can we
learn reflexively from our own experience in an interaction-intensive
workshop around these questions?
"Collaborative production of knowledge: Health, environment, and publics"
Applications are sought from teachers and researchers (including
students) who are interested in promoting the social
contextualization of science through interdisciplinary education and
outreach activities beyond their current disciplinary and academic
For further information or to apply, email the organizer, Rita Serra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates May 21 (Sat, 14:00)-24 (Tues, 13:00), 2011
Lead Facilitator: Peter Taylor, Director of Science in a Changing World
graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, building on his
experience since 2004 organizing the New England Workshop on Science
and Social Change.
See wiki for program and participant list.
Evaluations by participants
Last update 26 July '11