Innogen · News · April 6, 2016

New body AsSIST-UK set up with the explicit goal of engaging with science and science policy

Formal launch on 06 Apr-16 of the ‘Association for Studies in Innovation Science and Technology-UK’ co-chaired by Andrew Webster and Robin Williams

In the article ‘Recognize the value of social science’ for the journal Nature, Innogen Associate Andrew Webster argues that researchers in the social sciences have built links with specific scientific constituencies, but have failed to engage at a more general level.

A wine reception on the first day of the BSA 2016 Annual Conference on ‘Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting’ at Aston University, Birmingham (6-8 April 2016) publicly launched the Association. With a strongly interdisciplinary membership already approaching 200, which includes a strong contingent of Innogen members from both OU and University of Edinburgh, this session provided an introduction to AsSIST-UK, its aims, intellectual grounding and future plans for public and policy engagement, and news of its first Annual Conference in November 2016.