Building Nations Symposium - Capacity, Capability & Collaboration

When: 26-27 August 2018

Where: ANZ Viaduct Event Centre, Auckland

The 13th Building Nations Symposium - Capacity, Capability & Collaboration - held in Auckland at the ANZ Viaduct Event Centre, is the premier event on New Zealand’s infrastructure calendar. The two-day symposium provides the opportunity for public and private sectors to come together to lead thinking and advance best practice in national infrastructure development. More information can be found here:

TRANS-disciplinary research through STS practice: The co-creation of knowledge and collaboration

When: 29 August – 1 September 2018

Where: Sydney International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia

Science and Technology Studies (STS) has a key role in helping to create transdisciplinary research programmes that encourage collaboration and shared knowledge creation. Transdisciplinary research programmes are needed if we are to address the greatest challenges of our times, such as climate change. In attempting to understand the process of transdisciplinary research, we must first come to terms with different forms of knowledge. In the creation of transdisciplinary research programmes, such as the New Zealand Government’s National Science Challenges, what makes these collaborations effective, productive and satisfying programmes for all participants? How do different experiences and understandings of the world, such as indigenous knowledge and neoliberal governmentalities interact and co-exist in transdisciplinary research? How can pre-existing ideas (disciplinary concepts or policy) that may underpin transdisciplinary research be re-configured to respond to current social, economic and environmental issues? This panel seeks to explore how knowledge is co-created within transdisciplinary research through STS practice, and it seeks to examine the opportunities, challenges and the reality of engaging in transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration to create meaningful change in our world.

Call for abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract is 1 February 2018. Paper submissions should be in the form of abstracts of up to 250 words. They should include the paper’s main arguments, methods, and contributions to STS. Submit your abstract through the 4S Conference Website. If you would like to discuss the relevance of your paper to the open track, then please feel free to contact Casimir MacGregor.

Please circulate this PDF to any colleagues, postgraduate students and other networks you think could be interested.  We are really interested in showcasing some New Zealand research and of course helping to grow science and technology studies (STS) here in New Zealand.  This is the first time 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) has been held downunder, so it is a great chance to engage with world class scholars within the STS field.

Waikato National Maori Housing Conference 2018

When: October/November 2018

Where: Waikato

Watch this space for more information about this Conference which is scheduled for October/November 2018:

Alternatives to the Present. A Conference on Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, Development & Planning

When: 01-02 November 2018

Where: Kent State University, Cleveland, USA

Abstracts due: 05 June 2018

An interdisciplinary conference in Cleveland, USA. Disciplines: Urbanism, Sociology, Geography, Architecture, Planning, Housing, Community Studies, Landscape Architecture, Human Geography

This conference is organized by the Kent State University and the research organization AMPS and the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS.

It forms part of an international publishing network PARADE (Publication and Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments) involving Routledge, Taylor&Francis, Intellect Books, UCL Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press and Libri Publishing.

For more information please see:

2018 International Indigenous Research Conference

When: 13-16 November 2018

Where: Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland , Auckland

The 8th Biennial International Indigenous research conference at Waipapa Marae at the University of Auckland will be bringing together acclaimed international scholars and renowned prominent Maori keynote speakers. Over 100 tribal nations will come to attend this gathering focussed on transformation through indigenous research excellence.

Early Bird registrations open in January 2018: