President Adam Lucas is Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the adam-o-s-parl-hse-hbtUniversity of Wollongong. He completed three postgraduate degrees in science and technology studies and the history and philosophy of science at the University of New South Wales between 1993 and 2004. His current research focuses on energy policy responses to anthropogenic climate change and the history of premodern and early modern technology. He is the author of numerous articles and two monographs, Wind, Water, Work: ancient and medieval milling technology (Brill 2006) and Ecclesiastical Lordship, Seigneurial Power and the Commercialization of Milling in Medieval England (Ashgate 2014). He is currently working on several projects, including special issues for Technology and Culture and Osiris, and a book series featuring policy-relevant work by Australian STS and environmental humanities scholars. Email:
Vice-President Nicola Marks is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wollongong. She studied natural sciences and genetics at Cambridge and completed a Masters by Research in human genetics at Edinburgh. She then did her PhD in Sociology of Scientific Knowledge also at Edinburgh. Her research interests include reproductive technologies, science controversies, language and public engagement in science.  She is currently CI with Assoc. Professor Sarah Ferber and Professor Vera Mackie on an ARC Discovery Project entitled “IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience". Email:
Treasurer Gerhard Wiesenfeldt is a lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science Programme at the University of Melbourne. He has studied physics, philosophy and history of science. He holds an MSc in physics and a PhD in history of science, both from the University of Hamburg. Prior to coming to Melbourne in 2007, he was a lecturer at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany). He also has held a Research Fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and a Scaliger Fellowship at the University of Leiden (Netherlands). He has published extensively on the history of early modern science and philosophy in Germany and the Dutch Republic, as well as on the history of early modern universities. Email:
Secretary Darrin Durant is a researcher at Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on disputes between experts and publics, and he has published widely on controversies involving nuclear waste management, nuclear power, public policy about energy options, and more recently is investigating climate change policy-making. Dr. Durant's general approach asks questions about the different contributions made and roles played by experts and lay publics. In democracies, we face a challenge. Concerns about procedural legitimacy result in demands for public involvement in policy-making about social issues involving expert knowledge. But procedure can only go so far, because in a democracy we are also concerned to get it right, so there is a reciprocal demand for expert input. It is too simple to say we just have to balance the two, because expert and lay public input are often about different questions, different weightings to what kinds of errors to be concerned about, and even different assessments of what factors deserve most attention in trying to figure out what is right. Instead, we have to make tough choices about who to listen to, and that might mean we have to think through exactly where expert and lay public input is best directed. Email:
Website Admin: John Wilkinsjw-square, Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, specialises in the history and philosophy of biology, and in particular of classification and taxonomy. He has published books on the history of the concept of species (Species: A history of the Idea, 2009, and Defining species: a sourcebook from antiquity to today 2009, and on the philosophy of classification, The nature of Classification (2013, with Malte Ebach). Email:

Leave a Reply