This knowledge community is brought together to address a common concern for disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges in the sciences, and in particular the relationships of science to society. The community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round virtual relationships in a weblog, peer reviewed journal and book imprint – exploring the affordances of the new digital media. Members of this knowledge community include academics, scientists, social scientists, university managers, science administrators, policy makers, researchers and research students.
Members of the Science in Society community meet annually at the International Conference on Science in Society, held annually in different locations around the world. In 2009, the conference was held at the University of Cambridge, UK. In 2010, the conference will be held at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
Our community members and first time attendees come from all corners of the globe. The Conference is a site of critical reflection, both by leaders in the field and emerging scholars. Those unable to attend the Conference may opt for virtual participation in which community members can either submit a video and/or slide presentation with voice-over, or simply submit a paper for peer review and possible publication in the Journal.
The Science in Society Community enables members to publish through three media. First by participating in the Science in Society Conference, community members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums – a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of Science in Society provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard.
The second publication medium is through the book series Science in Society, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposals and manuscript submissions are welcome.
The third major publishing medium is our news blog, constantly publishing short news updates from the Science in Society Community, as well as major developments in the field. You can also join this conversation at Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our email Newsletter.