5th STS Italia Summer School | Expertise at stake: technoscience and public participation in the post-truth age | 1st– 5th July, 2019 Pisa, Italy

Schermata 2019-02-11 alle 10.13.22

STS-Italia, the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies and the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pisa organize the 5th Summer School Expertise at stake: technoscience and public participation in the post-truth age, to be held in Pisa, on 1-5 July 2019.

All the activities of the Summer School will be held at the Department of Political Science, Via Filippo Serafini, 3, in the very city center of Pisa.



Goals and main topics

Science, technology and related expertise have taken an increasingly prominent role in society. Public unease with and controversy over the way science and technology progress and expertise is applied to address societal needs, expectations and demands have however grown proportionally. Institutions such as the European Union have recognised this as a major question, leading to what has been sometimes depicted as a crisis of trust in science and, more recently, a crisis of rationality in addressing public issues. A number of theoretical frameworks and approaches have been developed along the years. Though these may differ considerably as to how the origin of the problem is diagnosed and the answer is conceived, there is a widespread agreement that any simplistic view of the interface between science and society is to be abandoned, and that more inclusive approaches have to be worked out. As a result, there has been a vast increase in awareness, conceptual frameworks, tools and skills in communicating science, gauging public responses and involving people in science-related policy-making. Yet, public issues (re)emerge continually as science, innovation and industrial policies proceed, challenging the capacity to fruitfully apply scientific expertise in a socially unsettled context.

The summer school aims at providing an updated outline of this problematic, with a focus on frameworks,
approaches, methodologies and experiences.
The main themes that will be addressed are:
  • Science-society interface approaches from public understanding of science to post-truth
  • Participatory innovation, with special reference to Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Investigating and communicating environmental risks
  • Public health and trust
  • Mapping techno-scientific controversies
  • Expertise and public deliberation

Confirmed speakers

  • Rita Biancheri (Department of Political Sciences, University of Pisa)
  • Fabrizio Bianchi, (Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR, Italy)
  • Liliana Cori (Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR, Italy)
  • Ulrike Felt (Institute for Scientific and Technological Research, Vienna University)
  • Pierluigi Lopalco (Department of Translational Research and New Medical and Surgical Technologies, Pisa University)
  • Tommaso Venturini (Internet and Society Center, CNRS, France)
  • Brian Wynne (Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University)

The fee for participation is 250 €. The fee includes:

  • access to all lectures and workshops
  • coffee breaks
  • a social dinner

Accommodation is not included in the fee. Some information about budget accommodation can be found at: https://www.unipi.it/index.php/accommodation. An additional possibility is the following: http://www.istitutolanteri.it/?page_id=73

Important dates

  • March 30th, 2019 // Applications deadline.
  • April 19th, 2019 //    Confirmation of the school, notification for participation and for scholarship eligibility.
  • May 11th, 2019 //      Registration deadline. |——–> EXPIRED

How to apply
Instructions on how to apply and on how to pay the school fee are available on the University of Pisa website: https://bit.ly/2B8jrjs. In addition to the standard documentation, a statement of purposes (maximum 500words) is mandatory only for scholarship applications. The statement of purposes for applications must be
sent to Professor Luigi Pellizzoni, Coordinator of the School, at: luigi.pellizzoni@unipi.it

For further details, costs, scholarship and how to apply read the extended PDF call.


Scientific and Organizational Committee

Luigi Pellizzoni, University of Pisa & Coordinator of the School
Simone Arnaldi, University of Trieste
Rita Biancheri, University of Pisa
Stefano Crabu, Politecnico di Milano
Marina Maestrutti, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paolo Magaudda, Università di Padova
Federico Neresini, Università di Padova
Assunta Viteritti, Sapienza University of Rome

Teaching Staff


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