AusSTS Graduate Network Official Launch and Network Meeting

You are invited to the official launch and inaugural network meeting of the Australasian STS graduate network, sponsored by the Deakin Science and Society Network. The network will be launched by SSN Convenor Professor Emma Kowal from the Alfred Deakin Institute with guest speaker Professor Helen Verran from Charles Darwin University. 

Event details:

Australasian STS graduate network (AusSTS) official launch and inaugural meeting
Date: Wednesday 31st January, 2018 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Deakin Downtown – Level 12 Tower 2 – 727 Collins Street Melbourne
Cost: Free, please register with eventbrite no later than January 25.

Light refreshments will be served following official launch and talks. 

About the Speakers:

Professor Emma Kowal is a former medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health settings in Australia. Professor Kowal’s work focuses on two major anthropological streams: indigenous health and Australian race relations; and the social study of genomics, biomedical research, bioethics and public health, particularly in understanding the implications of the increasing use of genetic science for Indigenous health and ancestry. She has been Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network, Convener of Deakin’s Science and Society Network and founding Deputy Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics, the first Indigenous-governed genome facility in the world.

Professor Helen Verran scholarly life began in the natural sciences. She wrote Science and an African Logic (Univ of Chicago Press, 2001) after wrestling with philosophical questions around science and numbers when working in teacher education in Nigeria. Between late 1980s and 2012 she taught the History and Philosophy of Science at University of Melbourne. During that time, her research focus involved working with Yolngu Aboriginal Australians in Arnhem Land as they endeavoured to engage with science and scientists. She is currently working at the Northern Institute, interested in policy and politics in the areas of environmentalism and indigeneity. Her approach to analysis in these areas can be understood as a form of empirical philosophy.

The AusSTS is a network of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and PhD Researchers (Phds) in social studies of science and technology. The network was established in late 2017 by a small group of STS PhDs and ECRs in Melbourne, Australia. 

We host social, professional and academic events to support ECRs and PhDs to create a community in STS across Australia.

To join the (AusSTS) and receive updates about events and activities signup at our Google group ‘Australasian STS Grad Network (AusSTS)’ and follow us on Twitter

If you would like to get more actively involved (eg: hosting an event or activity or presenting) please contact us at and let us know how we can assist.

For any other information, please contact or visit our homepage at Deakin SSN.