Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung

Wissenschaft, Technologie und Innovation formen zahllose Aspekte des Lebens in modernen Gesellschaften. Manche Veränderungen werden als positiv erlebt, andere sind hoch kontroversiell. Zugleich beeinflussen Politik, Medien, Firmen und andere gesellschaftliche Akteure wie Wissen und Technologie erzeugt werden. Die Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung analysiert diese Beziehungen und fördert kritische und reflexive Debatten zu den Beziehungen von Wissenschaft, Technologie und Gesellschaft.


In relation to the important debate on abuse of power and sexual harassment within parts of the STS community, our position as the leadership team of the STS department at the University of Vienna is that abusive behaviours and harassment in all forms have no place in academic work and study environments. A safe environment is of vital importance for the social fabric and development of our field and of all individuals that belong to it in various roles. We stand in solidarity with all who have suffered such abuses and with all who work to create and sustain safe environments for scholarship.

We believe that these debates demand institutional action and reflexivity. For our part, we see our responsibility in increasing our efforts to develop practices in our own institution that build and sustain a good and safe academic environment. We acknowledge that it is important that this happens in ways that are inclusive, respectful, and mindful of the power dynamics that structure academic settings. We will also consider what our responsibilities are within the wider STS community, and hope that our reflections contribute to a collective learning process within STS.

The Leadership Team - Ulrike Felt, Maximilian Fochler, Sarah Davies

 News & Events


We warmly invite you this lecture on Wednesday, on the 7th December, 5 p.m.


Innovation in reverse – How to govern innovation societies differently through engaging with the residues of innovation

We invite to the presentation...


Congratulations to Nina Klimburg Witjes who received an ERC Starting Grant for her project FUTURESPACE!


We are happy to announce Janina Kehr's STS Talk on the 14th December 2022, 5.30 pm.


As of 15.11.2022, the library of the Institute of Science and Technology Studies will start lending via electronic system.


The research platform Governance of Digital Practices will host the 2nd interdisciplinary and international winter school and the call for...

 New Publications

Schikowitz A, Maasen S. Integrative Forschung. in Schmohl T, Phillip T, Hrsg., Handbuch transdisziplinäre Didaktik. Bielefeld: transkript. 2021. S. 151-162

Davies S. Performing Science in Public: Science Communication and Scientific Identity. in Kastenhofer K, Molyneux-Hodgson S, Hrsg., Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences. Cham: Springer. 2021. S. 207-223. (Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook, Band 31).

Davies S, Horst M. Science Communication as Culture: A Framework for Analysis. in Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology. London: Routledge. 2021. S. 182-197

Mayer K, Weber J. Targeting from a Distance: Formatting Social Relations in Data-Driven Warfare. in Burkhardt M, Shnayien M, Grashöfer K, Hrsg., Explorations in Digital Cultures. meson press. 2021. S. 1-20