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Citizen science and big data: join a panel at EASST 2018

Paper proposals are invited for a panel on citizen science, data and digital technology, as part of the next EASST Conference at Lancaster University, UK in July 2018. Among the organisers are Valeria Arza and Mariano Fressoli of STEPS América Latina. The panel is entitled Citizen science: active citizenship vs. data commodification. Paper proposals are…

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Remembering Calestous Juma, scholar and champion of innovation

We are saddened to hear of the death of Prof Calestous Juma at the age of 64. Prof Juma had a huge influence on scholarship and public debate about science and innovation worldwide. Among his many achievements was the founding of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in 1995, a pioneering development research thinktank….

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Remembering Geoff Oldham

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news of the death of Professor Geoff Oldham, who passed away on Sunday 1 October 2017 at the age of 88. Geoff’s work on science and technology policy and developing countries is unparalleled. Among his extraordinary achievements was the co-founding, with Chris Freeman, of…

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Call for papers: Platform economy and new collaborative forms of production

The journal Liinc em Revista is inviting submission of articles, subject to double-blind evaluation, for publication in Vol. 14, n. 1 (May 2018). Unpublished articles in Portuguese, Spanish and English are accepted. This issue will present a dossier on “Platform economy and new collaborative forms of production”, organized by Guest Editors Valeria Arza (Cenit/Steps América…

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GM mustard in India: are important questions not being asked?

The Indian researcher Poonam Pandey has written an opinion piece for the Hindustan Times about the latest controversy over GM mustard in India. DMH 11 (Dhara Mustard Hybrid) was recently approved by the country’s biotechnology regulator for commercial release. But the article lists some potential concerns with this development, including the accuracy of claims about…

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Who owns our seeds? Video ‘Intellectual Property and Seeds’ explains the issues

Limiting access to seeds means limiting food production and access, and putting biodiversity at risk. This video explains the importance of intellectual property for seeds. It was produced by STEPS America Latina to inform debates in Argentina about the corporate control and patenting of seeds. The topic is addressed by the Argentina team in the…

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Eu-SPRI Winter School on Innovation for Transformative Change

A call for applications has been issued for a new Eu-SPRI Winter School on Innovation policy for Transformative Change. The Winter School takes place on 16-20 January 2017 at the University of Sussex. The course seeks to familiarise participants with state-of-the-art debates about the ‘transformative change’ frame of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) policy and…

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Transforming Innovation: STEPS members at the SPRU50 conference

As part of its 50th anniversary in 2016, the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) is hosting a major conference from 7-9 September 2016 at the University of Sussex. The theme is ‘Transforming Innovation’. SPRU is one of the two institutional hosts of STEPS (the other is the Institute of Development Studies), and the conference features a…

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‘African Technopolitan’ July 2015 features STEPS work on climate innovation

STEPS thinking on low carbon development is profiled in the latest issue of the African Technopolitan [PDF]the flagship magazine from ACTS (the host of our Africa Sustainability hub). David Ockwell and Rob Byrne’s contribution is an article on ‘Climate Relevant Innovation System Builders’ (CRIBS), previously profiled in a STEPS blog. A peer-reviewed article on this…

Adrian Smith interviewed on Spanish radio about innovation, technology & society

Adrian Smith, convenor of our Grassroots Innovation research, was recently interviewed on Spanish radio about the role that technology plays in social relations. In the interview, for the Spanish station Radio 3, Adrian discussed different types of basic innovations, such as those taking place in agroecology and eco-construction, and how they form part of a…