Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia CTS

 

RESEARCH GROUP ON SOCIAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE (STS GROUP)

 

ABOUT US

We are a consolidated research group based at the University of Oviedo (Northern Spain), gathering also members from other Spanish and Portuguese institutions (University of Valladolid, Complutense University of Madrid, CIEMAT-Madrid, University of La Laguna, University of Valencia, University Institute of Lisbon, University of Lisbon). We have been working together since the beginning of the millennium in the field of social and philosophical studies on science and technology, making up an interdisciplinary group or around 25 researchers (from the fields of Biochemistry, Economy, Engineering, Journalism, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology).

Our lines of research include:

  • Public Understanding of Science
  • Science Education from an STS perspective
  • Public Participation in Science Policy

The products of our interdisciplinary work have been published in the main academic journals (such as Public Understanding of Science, American Journal of Bioethics or Science, Technology & Human Values) and publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Springer) in the field.  See below for details on publications. Presently we promote one book series in the Spanish publishing house Los Libros de la Catarata and collaborate in the editing of the international journal Revista Iberoamericana de CTS.

Besides our research work, the group has also experience with diffusion activities both in the organization of science communication activities and in the promotion of online postgraduate courses. Concerning this latter point, the group presently promotes, in collaboration with Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Salamanca, an online Master Degree on Scientific and Innovation Culture.

The group has stable cooperation links with other national and international institutions such as FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) and OEI (Organization of Ibero-American States for EducationScience and Culture), and receives regular funding from the Spanish National Programs of R+D and Research Contracts with Spanish and international organizations. We have experience in international consultancy and cooperation in projects such as the global citizen consultation initiative World Wide Views on Climate Change, the development of an Ibero-American Standard for the measurement of scientific culture in collaboration with RICYT (Ibero-American Network of Science and Technology Indicators), and innovation in science education in collaboration with the Ibero-American Network of STS Chairs promoted by OEI.

 

COOPERATION PROFILES

We are looking for partners in a project that combines our previous experience in STS academic research, the measurement and analysis of public understanding of science, the development of teaching materials for science education, and our work on citizen involvement in science and technology in order to advance towards new strategies for science communication and governance.

 

WHAT WE CAN OFFER

Collaboration of an interdisciplinary group with 15 years of experience in the study and measurement of scientific culture in Spain and Latin America, which receives funding from competitive calls and has worked regularly with national (FECYT) and international (OEI) public bodies.

Inter-sector and international linkage with numerous researchers and teachers through the networks promoted by the OEI, within its Network of CTS + I Chairs (more than 100 universities and scientific institutions involved since 2000) or the Iberciencia-Contenedores project (online teaching resources for science education where 5 thousand Latin American teachers participate).

With experience in:

  • academic research, survey analysis and the development of questionnaires on novel aspects of scientific culture (critical awareness, behavior dispositions),
  • the investigation of cases and the implementation of experiences of public participation in science and technology (e.g. Spanish node of the WWW on Climate Change),
  • the research and development of innovative educational materials and techniques for science education ("STS simulations" - based on the promotion of the protagonism of students in the teaching-learning process),
  • science popularization and the development of innovative formats for social dissemination (for example, by promoting bidirectional dissemination initiatives at the Night of the Researchers, within the Horizon 2020 program of the EU).

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

M. Cámara Hurtado, Y. Castelfranchi, S. Daza, J.A. López Cerezo, C. Polino (coord.), M. García Rodríguez & C. Vogt (2015), Manual de Antigua: indicadores de percepción pública de la ciencia y la tecnología, Buenos Aires: RICYT.

Cámara Hurtado, M. & J.A. López Cerezo (2012), "Political Dimensions of Scientific Culture: Highlights from the Ibero-American Survey on the Social Perception of Science and Scientific Culture", Public Understanding of Science 21/3: 369-384.

Cámara Hurtado, M., A. Muñoz van den Eynde & J.A. López Cerezo (2017), "Attitudes towards Science among Spanish Citizens. The Case of Critical Engagers", Public Understanding of Science. DOI: 10.1177/0963662517719172.

González García, M.I. (2014), "Rising from Failure: Testing Drugs and Changing Conceptions for Female Sexual Dysfunction", en: T. Ortiz y M.J. Santesmases (eds.), Gendered Drugs and Medicine: Historical and Socio-Cultural Perspectives, Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 43-61.

Laspra, B. & J.A. López Cerezo (eds.) (2018), Spanish Philosophy of Technology: Contemporary Work from the Spanish Speaking Community, Dordrecht: Springer.

Laspra, B. & E. Muñoz (eds.) (2014), Culturas científicas e innovadoras. Progreso social, Buenos Aires: EUDEBA.

López Cerezo, J.A. & M. Cámara Hurtado (2007), "Scientific Culture and Social Appropriation of the Science", Social Epistemology 21/1 (2007): 55-67.

López Cerezo, J.A. & M.I. González García (2002), Políticas del bosque: expertos, políticos y ciudadanos en la polémica del eucalipto en Asturias, Madrid: Cambridge University Press.

López Cerezo, J.A. & M.I. González García  (2011), "Uncertainty and Local Knowledge in Environmental Policy: Forestry Research and Regulation in Northern Spain", in: : G. Bandr, A. Grunwald, I. Hronszky & G. Nelson (eds), On Prospective Technology Studies, Karlsruhe: Karlsruher Institute für Technologie.

Menéndez Viso, A. & A. Casado da Rocha (2009), "An Engine, Not a Pyramid", The American Journal of Bioethics 9/6-7: 81-83.

Menéndez Viso, A., A. Muñoz van den Eynde, I. Díaz García & E. Lopera (2011), WWViews on Global Warming: resultados y reflexiones de una experiencia de participación ciudadana mundial, Madrid: CIEMAT.

Muñoz, A., C. Moreno & J.L. Luján (2010), "Who is Willing to Pay for Science? On the Relationship between Public Perception of Science and the Attitude to Public Funding of Science", Public Understanding of Science 21/2: 242-253.

Núñez Jover, J. &  J.A.López Cerezo (2008), "Technological Innovation as Social Innovation: Science, Technology and the Rise of STS Studies in Cuba", Science, Technology & Human Values 33/6: 707-729.

Todt,O, M.I. González García & B. Estévez (2011), "Conflict in the Sea of Trafalgar: Offshore Wind Energy and its Context", Wind Energy 14/5: 699-706.

Todt, O., E. Muñoz, M.I. González García, G. Ponce & B. Estévez (2009), "Consumer Attitudes and the Governance of Food Safety", Public Understanding of Science 18: 103-114.

 

CONTACT PERSONS

Marta I. González García (martaig@uniovi.es)

José A. López Cerezo (cerezo@uniovi.es)

Armando Menéndez Viso (amv@uniovi.es)

 

LINKS

http://cts.grupos.uniovi.es/investigacion/proyectos

http://ibercienciaoei.org/

http://www.oei.es/historico/divulgacioncientifica/index.php

http://rdgroups.ciemat.es/web/uicc/