New England Workshop on Science and Social Change

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
  • 2. Innovative workshop processes
  • 3. Training and capacity-building
  • 4. Repeatable, evolving workshops
  • 5. Tangible outcomes and experiences developed beyond the workshop See Background and Rationale for each objective, including how it will be achieved and evaluated.

    Postponed to date to be determined, and to be hosted by "Open Space Workshops on Scientific and Social Change"

    "Opening up New Directions in Epidemiology and Population Health"

    Applications are sought from researchers (including graduate students) and other professionals who are interested in exploring ways to open up new directions in epidemiological thinking and research. An interest in "not simply continuing along previous lines" (to quote a participant in a previous workshop) means sharing and extending perspectives, problems, tools, connections, and audiences that draw us outside our previous comfort zones. The workshop activities will build on what the participants contribute, but topics addressed might include: The workshop will also introduce participants to tools and processes for individual reflection and group interaction designed to produce insights and deepen the people-connections valuable for putting those insights into practice after the workshop (see 2011 paper on the workshop processes).

    Applicants selected for the workshop will be expected to contribute before, during, and after the workshop in the following ways: Registration is on a sliding scale--$125 (for those with low incomes and lack of travel support) up to $300 (for those with a decent income and institutional/grant support). Registration covers meal costs. Accommodation, at a local, moderately priced motel is extra.
    The funding available to help get people to the workshop is modest, but we have managed to subsidize travel and accommodation in past years according to need (which favors graduate students and independent scholars, but does not count out those with regular positions but no travel budgets). Applicants should let us know what you need to be able to attend.

    Location: Woods Hole MA, USA
    Dates to be determined

    Organizer & Lead Facilitator: Peter J. Taylor, University of Massachusetts Boston, Science in a Changing World graduate track.

    Applications or expressions of interest can be submitted any time. (Application details & arrangements)

    Sections to follow (or to be added in due course) and associated links

    (Much of the working, "in progress" material is developed on a wiki, and only the final products and reports are posted here. Thus some of these links are placeholders for material not yet available.)

    Adjustments relative to previous workshops

    List of participants, short profiles, and webpages (as of 13 Nov. '11))

    Peter Taylor (organizer)
    UMass Boston
    Having worked for many years on ecology and environmental research (Unruly Complexity, U. Chicago 2005), I have been taking my interests in heterogeneous complexities in new directions through engagement with various social epidemiological approaches that address the intersections of environment, health, and development. I direct the graduate programs in Critical and Creative Thinking and Science in a Changing World at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teach a doctoral course on epidemiological thinking for non-specialists. My personal goals in organizing this workshop are to learn more from epidemiologists about what shapes their practice in research and public health while developing my approaches to stimulating creativity and reflective practice among scientists.

    wiki version of program

    Last update 18 February '12