Science and Technology in Society

The research and teaching activities are grounded in an interdisciplinary approach to the science, technology and innovation (STI). They encompass topics such as technology assessment (nanotechnologies, medical genomics, electronic identity card, biotechnology, surveillance, nuclear energy, renewables), modern STI regimes in Europe and Latin America, food issues (functional food, nutraceuticals), the transformation of scientific institutions and research activities in advanced capitalism, public health and new technologies, and public policies and decisional support in STI. The researchers involved in the STS unit mobilize mainly qualitative methodologies to analyze the social and political interactions as well as power relations at the heart of the construction of modern science and technology. The STS unit is a founding member of the Belgian STS network. Since 2011-2012, at the initiative of SPIRAL Research Centre, the University of Liège is the first Belgian university to offer political science students the possibility to follow a specialized teaching module in Science and Technology in Society, in collaboration with the University of Maastricht and the ESST programme.