InSIS at EASST 25-28 July 2018

InSIS researchers will present at the annual EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology) conference between 25-28 July at Lancaster University.  The presentations include:-

Rob Bellamy will present "Public perceptions of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage under different policy instrument framings" in the panel The politics of negative emissions on 25 July. Abstract: There is a growing need to responsibly incentivise research and development into negative emissions technologies by accounting for public values. We describe an experimental deliberative method designed to explore how public perceptions might change under different policy instrument framings.

Javier Lezaun will present "Self-disclosure and community-building in open source medicinal chemistry" as part of the Involving Compounds panel on 26 July.  Abstract: This paper explores the uses of compound development in medicinal chemistry as a community-building exercise through the example of Open Source Malaria, a pharmaceutical initiative that crowdsources the identification and modulation of promising antimalarial compounds.

Christopher Goldsworthy will present "Meeting the genome half way: entangled agency where the genome meets the clinic" as part of the Precision medicine at the crossroads: meeting the micro and macro, the molecular and social in new medical strategies panel on 27 July. Abstract: National efforts to compile Whole Genome Sequence (WGS) data has led to novel research - clinical hybrids. Drawing on ethnographic observations at the coal-face of this hybrid entanglement this paper attempts to make sense of the transformation of Macro genomic data to individual patient diagnosis.

Louise Bezuidenhout will present "Access to equipment and epistemic injustices within scientific research" as part of the Science, innovation and inequality: part of the solution or the problem? panel on 27 July. Abstract: The availability of research technologies varies considerably. Many scientists rely on donations of equipment to overcome shortages. While useful, such systems raise considerable epistemic and social concerns, as they may unintentionally perpetuate inequalities within the global science community.

Sara de Wit will present “Water, solidarity and the hereafter in Madagascar: or how to keep society and the pump running?” as part of the In other words: or, caring for water panel on 27 July. Abstract: This paper explores the two particular notions of fihavanana and adidy that are invoked by the users of the Malagasy bush pump. Based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in southeastern Madagascar it will interrogate the (im)possibilities of translating these idiosyncratic terms.

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