Research Center Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies conducted The 1st Annual International Conference «STS in the Changing World: Politics of Co-production of Science and Technology» (13-14 September 2013, National Research Tomsk State University, Russia.

Conference program.

The First Annual Conference of the PAST Center seeks to promote the development of social studies of technology in the Tomsk State University and in the Siberian Region. In the contemporary world, socio-technical change takes place under conditions of uncertainty: many social and material actors participate in the innovation process and their interests enter into complex multiple relationships. Science and Technology Studies brings together scholars from many disciplines whose research can explore these relationships from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The field of STS is growing rapidly in Russia and Russian STS network is being formed. The main purpose of the 2013 PAST STS conference is to create a regional platform for initiating a dialogue between those scholars who are interested in the STS approaches. The Tomsk State University is an excellent place for being such a platform due to its long-standing history as a prominent academic and scientific center. Today Tomsk is one of the biggest scientific, technological and educational centers in Asian Russia.

Friday, September 13

  • 9.30 – 10.00 —  Participant registration
  • 10.00 – 10.15 -  Conference Opening

Eduard Galazhinskyi, Provost of Tomsk State National Research University. Evgeniya Popova, Director of PAST-Centre, Tomsk State National Research University; Welcome Speech.

  •  Session One «Politics of Innovation»

Chair: Artem Rykun, TomskStateNationalResearchUniversity.

10.15 – 11. 05. Key Speaker: Arie Rip, The University of Twente, The Netherlands. Reinventing Innovation.

11.05 – 11.40. Ivan Tchalakov, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.The (post) communist legacies and economic development: assessing Russian and Chinese capacities for innovation.

 11.40 – 11.55. Coffee Break.

11.55. – 12.30. Mikhail Sokolov, European University at St. Petersburg. Meta-Expertise and Academic Power: New Old Themes in Studies of Politics of Cultural Authority

12.30 – 13.05. Anatoly Ablazhej, Institute of Philosophy and Law, SB Russian Academy of Sciences; Novosibirsk State University. Innovation Politics in the Research Centers of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.

13.05 – 13.25. Lloyd Akrong, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Democratizing Science & Research Governance: Giving Voice Through Public Engagement and Participation in Clinical Trials.

 13.25 – 14.00. Valentina Polyakova, National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Human Stem Cell Legitimation in Russia.

  •  14.00 – 15.00. Lunch.
  • Session Two «Sociology of Technology».

Chair: Ivan Tchalakov, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

15.00 – 15.50. Key Speaker: Victor Vakhshtayn, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow. «In search of existential objects: technology, toys and dangerous things».

 15.50 – 16.25. Andrei Kuznetsov, Volgograd State University. ANT и SCOT: Two Ways of Colonization of ‘Tehchnology’ by Sociology of Science.

 16.25 – 17.00. Artem Rykun, Tomsk State University. To stand, I must keep to the roots: underappreciated masterpieces of Czech automotive industry

 17.00 – 17.35. Alina Kontareva, European University at St. Petersburg. Computer communication in the scientific community: data, knowledge and social mobility

17.35 – 17.50. Coffee Break.

  •  17.50 — 20.15. Round Table “Science and Technology Governance: Role of International Forums and Financial Institutions”

 Moderator: Steve Fuller, University of Warwick, UK

Topic of discussion:

— The dynamics of science funding in Russia

— Intermediaries, or boundary organisations, and the funding mechanisms

— Market values and the scientific enterprise: examples of commercialization of science in Russia

— Governance in the context of globalization


Elena Simakova, University of Exeter, UK; Evgeniya Popova, TomskStateUniversity; Dmitrii Galkin, TomskStateUniversity; Nikolay Tarabanov, TomskStateUniversity.

  • 20.30. Banquet

Saturday, September 14

  • Session Three «Expert Knowledge».

Chair: Mikhail Sokolov, EuropeanUniversity at St. Petersburg

10.00 – 10.50. Key Speaker: Andrey Kozhanov, National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow. «Street-level Expert Knowledge», reflexivity and online-communication: online-deliberation methods for studying “scientific opinion” formation and understanding process of Scientific Knowledge Expertise done by Non-Experts.

 10.50 – 11.25. Marfuga Iskandarova, University of Exeter, UK. The Politics of Expertise: Wave Hub as a focus and source of expert knowledge.

11.25 – 12.00. Marina Zagidullina, Chelyabinsk State University. Forming of Expert Societies in Russia: Mechanisms and Scope.

12.00 – 12.15. Coffee Break.

12.15 – 12.50. Roman Abramov, National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Scientific Journalism in Russia: Dilemmas of Expertise.

12.50 – 13.25. Maria Abramova, Olga Mel’nikova, Tomsk State National Research University. Production of public experts in a local community: Tomsk case.

13.25 – 14.00. Irina Chernikova, Tomsk State National Research University. Convergent Technologies and Social Expertise.

14.00 – 14. 35. Li Wan, University of Exeter, UK. The Evolving Repertoires of Societal Relevance of Nano, a Case Study of China.

  • 14.35 – 15.35. Lunch.
  • Session Four «Technology Assessment»

Chair: Dmitry Galkin, TomskStateUniversity

15.35 – 16.25. Key Speaker: Elena Simakova,University of Exeter, UK.  «Post-positivist Governance of Technovisionary Sciences through the lens of STS TA conversation»

 16.25 – 17.00. Gotthard Bechmann, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Germany. Социальная оценка техники и оценка воздействия на окружающую среду в Германии.

 17.00 – 17.35. Dmitry Efremenko, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Technology assessment between normative ethics and systems approach: The case of converging technologies

17.35 – 17.50. Coffee Break.

17.50 – 18.25. Olga Zvonareva, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Production of Global Scientific Knowledge: Clinical Trials and Bioethics Discourses in South Africa and Russia.

18.25 – 19.00. Natalia  Bukovskaya, Tomsk State University Models of  communication of science and politics: ways of democratization

 19.00 – 19.35. Anna Trahtenberg, Institute of Philosophy and Law, Russian Akademy of Science, Ural Branch, E-Government Concept Shaping: How IT makes Administrative Ideology and how Administrative Ideology makes IT?

19.35 – 20.15. Conclusions and Closure of the Conference. Steve Fuller, University of Warwick, UK

  •  20.30. Dinner.

The keynote speakers of the conference are:

Arie Rip, Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology in the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente;

You can read his paper «Reinventing Innovation» (published in: Maarten J. Arentsen, Wouter van Rossum, and Albert E. Steenge (eds.) The Governance of Innovation. Firms, Clusters and Institutions in a Changing Setting) from our website.

Victor Vakhshtain, the Head of Department of Theoretical Sociology and Epistemology, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration;

Elena Simakova, Lecturer at the University of Exeter, Academic Adviser of the Research and Educational Center ‘Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies’.

Conference Committee: Eduard Galazhinskyi, Provost of Tomsk State National Research University. Evgeniya Popova, Director of PAST-Centre, Artem Rykun, senior researcher of PAST-C, Olga Stolyarova, researcher of PAST-C, Katerina Guba, researcher of PAST-C, Daria Kuznetsova.

Languages of the Conference: English and Russian.