2022 AusSTS workshop

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The Call for Applications for the 2022 AusSTS workshop is now open: https://aussts.wordpress.com/aussts2022/

It will be a multi-sited event, with in-person nodes in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Wellington NZ.

The workshop will take place on the 28th and 29th of July 2022.

Theme: Generation

Plenary: Anne Pollock (King’s College London)

Intergenerational Plenary: Hana Burgess (UoA), Mythily Meher (UoA), Billy van Uitregt (VUW)

Please do spread the word to HDR candidates and ECRs that you think may be interested in applying. Applications close 30 May.

Thank you all

Very Best,

Roberta Pala, coordinator for AusSTS

Postdoctoral Fellowships at Yale – Climate Change

Yale University

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication invites applications for 2 full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellows to contribute to our ongoing research on the public's climate change knowledge, risk perceptions, policy preferences, and behavior. The program conducts scientific surveys and message experiments at the national, international, and global scales, as well as with specific communities and organizations. The program also includes several projects that engage the public in climate change science and solutions.


Conduct scientific research to advance the theory and practice of effective climate change communication, and the psychological, cultural, political, and social factors influencing public awareness, risk perceptions, policy preferences and behavior.

  • Work with an interdisciplinary and international network of researchers.
  • Postdoc 1: Contribute to survey research design, implementation, data analysis and data management.
  • Postdoc 2: Contribute to message experiment research design, implementation, data analysis and data management.
  • Author peer-reviewed publications and public reports.

Required education and experience

  • Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant field or discipline, such as survey research, risk perception, communication (climate change, science, environment, public health, and/or political communication), behavior change, psychology, political science, sociology, or geography.
  • Proficiency in survey and/or experimental research design, methods, and analysis.
  • Proficiency in data analysis, using SPSS, R, or other statistics packages.
  • Proficiency in data and project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research results to both expert and non-expert audiences.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.

The review of applications will begin on April 8, 2022, and the positions will remain open until filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The positions are full-time appointments for one year, with full benefits, and with the possibility of renewal for a second year, dependent upon performance and availability of funding.

For full consideration, applicants must submit an application to climatechange@yale.edu Please put either "Survey Postdoc Application – (your last name)" or "Experimental Postdoc Application – (your last name)" in the subject line. Applications should include: (1) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, including a statement of research interests and career goals, with names and contact information for three professional references, and (2) a curriculum vita. Applications should contain all documents in a single PDF attached to the email.

Yale University Statement on Non-Discrimination

Member news – regular email

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The AAHPSSS committee would like to introduce a more regular communication channel with members. Rather than duplicate the existing fine newsletter and announcement lists, we are proposing focussing in the first instance on member news – recent publications, awards or opportunities from AAHPSSS members. Look out for further emails about this and please feel free to share your news with the AAHPSSS community.

If you would like to stop receiving these emails, please let me know by return email and I will remove you from the mailing list.

Martin Bush

Secretary, Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (AAHPSSS):  aahpsss.net.au

Conference 2023

At the 2021 AGM, held as part of the last AAHPSSS conference, the suggestion was made about bringing forward the next conference so that we could have an in-conference person as soon as possible. At the moment, the AAHPSSS committee is considering the following options:
·      12 – 14 April 2023 (mid-semester break)
·      14 – 16 June (start of semester break)
·      19 – 21 July (end of semester break)
·      Usual time, late November (start of semester break)
We will organize a proper poll of member preferences on these options. However, if any of you have strong feelings here, feel free to let me know. We intend to continue to offer online options regardless.

Martin Bush, Secretary

Joint University of Sydney/University of Melbourne/AAHPSSS Seminar

New Zealanad Greenshell Mussells

A jointly sponsored seminar will be held at 5:30 pm Monday 4th April. Mitchell Gibbs from the University of Sydney will be speaking on ‘First Nations Knowledge of Shellfish in Australia’. An abstract and bio are below.

To access this seminar you can use the following Zoom link: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/86947851186


Throughout the world, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), held by First Nations peoples, and its incorporation in shellfish aquaculture and coastal management. In Australia, however, this understanding and incorporation of First Nations TEK of shellfish aquaculture and coastal management is in its infancy. In contrast to Australia, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), there is a rich history of knowledge of shellfish, understanding of cultural practices and the use of stories and ancestral sayings. We reviewed the current state of incorporation of TEK of shellfish in both Australia and Aotearoa. We find that TEK in Aotearoa has improved aquaculture and provides evidence of the value of incorporating TEK in the production of shellfish. We are only now just beginning the journey in Australia to understand and document TEK and practices held by First Nations people. Aotearoa provides valuable lessons on the importance of TEK and guidance for the respectful incorporation of TEK into shellfish aquaculture and coastal management in Australia. If we are to appropriately restore and manage our coasts, then we need to incorporate First Nations Australians knowledge, and respect and protect their connections to traditional sea management.


Mitchell Gibbs is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Geosciences, at the University of Sydney. Mitchell holds a PhD degree in Marine Biology/Biochemistry. Mitchell Gibbs is a Thunghutti man through kinship of the Dunghutti nation.

Indigenous positions at Melbourne

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne has an open call for identified Indigenous positions as follows:

Please share this information with your networks, and with individuals you think may be interested.

2021 Dyason Lecture: Libby Robin

The audio on this is a bit subdued, for which we apologise.

New de Gruyter HPS/STS book series

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