Association for Studies in Innovation Science and Technology

As many in the STS/Innovation Studies - STIS - community in the UK know, since an initial meeting in York in June 2014, a small development group (DG) has been set up to develop a new national association, to be called AsSIST-UK (Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology)

The proposal to establish the Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology-UK (AsSIST-UK) received full support from almost 100 delegates attending the launch event at the University of Sussex on August 25 2015, which was kindly hosted by SPRU, and supported by a number of sponsors, including the European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST). Delegates represented over 30 academic organisations and included senior staff from Nature, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Wellcome Trust, Palgrave Macmillan and the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS).

The meeting received the Statement of Foundational Principles which establishes the aims, organisation and broad values of the Association. Four break-out sessions discussed core themes that inform the broad interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), and how these help define the priorities and practice – including policy goals – of the Association. A closing plenary session captured the principal ideas emerging from the sessions and provided an opportunity to suggest and agree on strategy and practical steps for the future.

A full report on the launch event held on 25 August is now available and can be found AsSIST-uk Report Launch (PDF , 711kb).

A copy of the programme can be found here (PDF , 364kb) and background documents on the earlier development of the Association can be found here (PDF , 272kb)

Should you wish to join please contact with your institutional email stating whether you are a staff member or doctoral student. 

ASIST Form (MS Word , 21kb)