Call for Abstracts: IAS-STS-Conference 2018 Graz: S7: Future potentials in scientific career development beyond gender and disciplinary stereotypes

Call for Abstract is open now for the

17th annual STS-Conference Graz 2018

Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies; 7-8 May 2018, Graz

We like to invite you to contribute to our session for the conference theme „Gender – Technology – Environment“

S7: „So, you’ve got talent?“ Future potentials in scientific career development beyond gender and disciplinary  stereotypes

Researchers in early stages of their career have to navigate in a demanding and highly competitive environment and are increasingly faced with precarious working conditions and limited contracts. In order to successfully pursue an academic career, excellent research and a respective track record is expected, which is enhanced by a clear scientific focus.

At the same time, inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration is considered necessary to tackle complex societal, environmental and technical challenges. However, recognition for an interdisciplinary scientific focus is still lacking in the scientific communities (e.g. lack of publication possibilities) and therefore often perceived as a barrier for career development. Biases towards different research interests are often interrelated with sex and gender issues and other socio-economic factors. Hence, an intersectional approach is needed to foster equal opportunities.

Instruments to support young researchers and underrepresented groups in academia in their career development often focus on an individual level and disregard structural change. Therefore, they have been criticized for reproducing traditional organizational cultures, impeding power relations and stereotypes.

The aim of the session is to stimulate an open discussion and feedback to identify  improvements and creative options towards a more inclusive academia embracing different talents and disciplines.

This session invites researchers and practitioners to present. . .

. . . processes, methods and instruments designed to overcome biases and to support equal opportunities by developing mutual appreciation for the diversity of talents and different scientific approaches, e.g. for juries, peer review and recruitment, for inter/transdisciplinary collaboration and academic career development on organizational and team level.

The session will offer an interactive format with short trigger talks by the presenters followed by a structured reflection and interactive discussion. The final setting and format will be targeted according to the specific interests and questions of the contributors.

In case you have any questions, please contact us:,

Abstracts can be submitted online:

Deadline: 19 January 2018

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