CfP: Science in Public 2018, 17-19 December, Cardiff

The call for papers for this year’s Science in Public conference, due to be held at the University of Cardiff from 17-19 December 2018 has just gone live!


Science in Public 2018: Call for Papers

Intersecting Science

12th Annual SiP Conference, 17-19 December 2018, Cardiff University, UK



Keynote speakers:

Professor Barbara Prainsack (University of Vienna)

Professor Alice Mah (University of Warwick)

(Third international keynote TBC)

Science in Public 2018 is a conference centred on the multiple ways that scholars have sought to intervene in, understand, talk about, and co-produce with, the natural sciences – whether from the perspective of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, Medical Sociology, the History of Science, Social and Cultural Theory, Science Journalism or some other intellectual inheritance. Intersecting Science is an explicit invitation to all scholars, practitioners, public engagement and communications specialists, and anyone else with an interest in Science in Public, to contribute. But it is equally an invitation for contributors to make intersection a problem in itself. Together, we ask: what is it that holds these different points of intersection together, beyond institutional convenience or historical legacy? What might be learned from making different trajectories, practice and politics of intersection explicit? What might be productively drawn forth from making intersecting science a problem as well as an ambition?

The conference situates itself in Cardiff School of Social Science’s long tradition of STS, science communication, and studies of public engagement, including its history of training practitioners and professionals in science communication and engagement. It seeks proposals for single papers, full panels, roundtables, and other forms of scholarly communication that engage with the theme Intersecting Science under its most generous interpretation. Contributions are invited in one or more of the following 15 streams:

  • Disability, science, and technology
  • Environments, sustainability, and toxicity
  • Expertise and the nature of scientific knowledge
  • Histories of science and technology
  • Medicine, science, and laboratory life
  • New developments in the life sciences and bioethics
  • Non-humans and post-humans: animals, AI, robotics, and enhancement
  • Public understanding of / participation in science
  • Race, gender, and class in science
  • Risk, technology, and governance
  • Science education, communication, and engagement
  • Science journalism, media, and literature
  • Science policy and public relations
  • Scientific imaginaries in science fiction, art, and film
  • Space, place, and geographies of science

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for regular papers should be no more than 250 words. We also welcome proposals for diverse formats of presentation and encourage people to suggest their own panels, practical workshops, roundtables, author-meets-critics events, and other alternative session formats. Please make this clear in your submission (the website has further information, but you can also email the SiP team to discuss further).

All abstracts should be submitted by Friday 18th May by 5pm via the following portal Some funds may be available to support proposed alternative format sessions. Notification of acceptance is expected to be given by mid-June 2018.


SiP 2018 will be a low-cost conference, with bursaries available to early career, student or low-income scholars. Delegates will be asked to book their own accommodation (recommendations will be available on the website).


We are committed to ensuring the conference is accessible to everyone. If you have any accessibility needs for attending the conference and/or for presenting, please let us know.

Contact and further Info

Any questions, please contact the SiP team at For more information, you can join our mailing list via our website, follow us on Twitter (@SiP2018), and check out our website at

New Issue of JCOM: feat. 7 commentaries inspired by SiP 2017!

The new issue of the Journal of Science Communication (JCOM), includes a set of seven commentaries, inspired by discussions held at the Science in Public Conference in Sheffield in July 2017.


logoWe are pleased to announce that the third issue of JCOM for 2017 is now online.

Go to to find all articles, available open access.

The new issue features four original research papers on the use of humour in popular science articles, RRI exhibits in science museums, narratives as a mode of research evaluation in citizen science, and a content analysis of media framing of hydraulic fracturing and Oklahoma earthquakes.

A set of seven commentaries, inspired by discussions held at the Science in Public 2017 Conference (University of Sheffield, UK) and coordinated by Editor in Chief Emma Weitkamp, focuses on contemporary issues in science communication and how science and technology are shaping what it means to be human.

You can also subscribe to receive the table of contents of upcoming new issues on the JCOM website.

Follow JCOM on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all JCOM latest publications.

Welcome to Sheffield and SiP 2017

Welcome to this year’s Science in Public conference! You can find the main conference website here and the programme here. The conference hashtag on twitter is #SIPsheff17 if you would like to follow the conversation online.

The SiP Network AGM will be held on Monday 10th July, 12.30-1.30pm, High Tor 3. Grab your lunch and come along – all delegates are welcome.

Links to Science in Public 2017 AGM Agenda; Science in Public 2016 AGM Minutes and the Science in Public Constitution.

For details of previous meetings, please see this page.

NEWS: SiP plans for 2017

NEWS: Summer Conference Registration Open!

Science in Public’s 11th Annual Conference will be on the theme of  “Science, Technology and Humanity”

It will be hosted by the University of Sheffield, July 10-12th, 2017, in association with iHuman.

Registration is now open – click here to book

sipyellowblackEARLY BIRD RATES (May 1st-31st)
Conference fee: £199
Student fee: £139
Single day rate: £125

STANDARD RATES (June 1st-10th)
Conference fee: £259
Student fee: £179
Single day rate: £165


NB: the British Society for the History of Science will be holding their annual conference on 7-9th July in York. Why not stop by before joining us in Sheffield?

NEWS: STEM and Beyond fully booked

A Science in Public workshop – “STEM and Beyond? Informal Science Learning Across Disciplines” will be held at Brunel University, May 19th, 2017

The programme for the day is now online.

Welcome to Science in Public

The Science in Public Research Network is for anyone involved with or interested in academic research about ‘Science in Public’ in the broadest sense.  It provides a central point of contact for the research community that has grown out of the ongoing UK based conference of the same name, which has been running annually since 2006. Our Committee is simply composed of those people who have been, or plan to be, involved in organising SiP activities. If you’d like to get involved, drop us a line!

What is ‘Science in Public’ anyway?

We believe that ‘science in public’ research is any work which considers the relationships between science and technology; ‘the public’; multiple publics; or the broader public sphere. This includes work on, for example, science in mass media, museums or online spaces; public engagement and participation; popular science and its histories; science, publics and policy; and science in fictions, art and cinema. Rather than forming another new interdisciplinary field, the SiP Network aims to foster cross-disciplinary discussion and debate between researchers across the many disciplines which address this topic, including science and technology studies, history of science, geography, psychology, cultural studies, media and communication studies, sociology, development studies, English literature, policy and political studies, to name a few.

Because SiP research is relatively ‘young’, we have a strong presence from early-career researchers: however, we strongly encourage participation from academics at all stages of their career.  Similarly, while the Network is UK based, we welcome involvement from and interchange with scholars and other networks anywhere in the world.

What are our aims?

  1. To provide long term continuity for the annual Science in Public conference.
  2. To give SiP research a more visible online presence via this web portal.
  3. To facilitate conversations between researchers and practitioners in the area.

In the longer term we would like to build more extensive shared resources such as accessible introductions,  course syllabi, reference lists, training resources and online discussion spaces.  Given the nature of the topic, it’s really important that we start thinking more about how we do and communicate our own research ‘in public’.

Ultimately, it’s up to us. If you’re interested in making the Science in Public research network happen, have a suggestion, or just want to find out what’s going on, join our mailing list, or get in touch!