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4S Annual Meeting

Denver, Colorado, 11-15 November

Sheraton Downtown

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Important Dates

Monday, December 15, 2014: Submission opens for open panels

Sunday, January 18, 2015: Submission closes for open panels

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015: Submission opens

Sunday, March 29, 2015: Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals and movies/videos.

Sunday, May 24, 2015: Acceptance notification.

May 25 – August 9, 2015: Early registration.

September 1, 2015: All presenters must register to be included in the program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.

September 13: Program posted

"Open Panels"

4S will accept proposals for ‘open panels’. The selected open panels will later be included as part of the formal call for papers. The purpose of calling for open panels is to stimulate the formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S/ESOCITE community. Like any meeting session, an ‘open panel’ is a paper session with a theme and a responsible chairperson(s). The difference is that it is not submitted already filled up with papers. Rather, open panel themes are subsequently included in the call for papers (opening December 15), and authors nominate their paper for one or more panels. An open panel may extend across up to three sessions of five papers each (i.e. a total of maximum 15 papers).

Proposers of open panels are essentially volunteering to chair a session of papers related to their topic. Open Panel chairs may be consulted regarding the composition of their panel, but they do not have review authority. If you want control over the composition of your panel, you should submit a conventional session proposal during the submission season.

Submit panel topics at http://www.4sonline.org/open_session_submit.



Individual abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). The Meeting welcomes papers, session proposals, and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, and type of public, and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes.

Apart from traditional research papers, the Meeting also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation. This year, we plan to hold special sessions in which presentations are in the form of a movie or video. Movie and video submissions should be related to STS. At this stage, a brief description of the movie/video (up to 250 words) and length will suffice.

Due to the ever increasing number of submissions and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, each participant will be limited to only one paper presentation or movie and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session.

You may choose to submit your abstract to an open panel where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can leave panel selection to the program chairs.

Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 250 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be designed to fit two-hour time slots. A typical session will contain six papers or five papers with a discussant. A minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session. The program chairs may assign additional papers to proposed sessions to meet the typical session composition. Each presenter in the session must have a user account in the submission system that includes name, affiliation, and contact information. Session organizers can create user accounts on behalf of their authors, if necessary.

Movie and video submissions must draw on STS scholarship. At this stage, a brief description of the movie/video (up to 250 words) and length will suffice.

Conference Registration

Registration opens after acceptance notices are sent.


The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate.

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal of the program is to exchange ideas with junior scholars and support their career development. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Visit the Mentorship Program registration page for more information and to sign up.

Travel Support for Students

Travel grant applications are accepted after paper acceptance notices have been sent.

Contact Info

For information on conference and program practices, acceptance status, and scheduling, contact the Program Chair, Daniel Breslau.

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact the 4S Webmaster.