October 9 – 12, 2013 — San Diego, California
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center

View photos from the San Diego meeting

Videos from the Presidential Prize Plenary

Read the Evaluation Survey summary
Check out the #4S2013 Twitter trail.


The final program can be viewed online. Select from the links on the left side of the page.

The final print program can now be downloaded in PDF form.

You can also download all the program abstracts in a PDF file.

Conference Highlights

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with the Presidential Plenary, followed by a reception. All 4S participants are encouraged to attend, to mingle and to converse.

The sessions will officially begin on Thursday at 8:30 am and end on Saturday evening.

Banquet for Everyone: Friday evening will include the 4S Presidential Prize Plenary, followed by a banquet. This year, the banquet is included in the registration fee.

Good Vibrations Beach Party and Jam. Thursday evening, travel by bus to Mission Beach for beach party, bonfire, smores, and more. Please also bring your musical instruments and noise machines along so we can have one of the biggest STS jam bands ever. Free, ticket required, space limited to the first 500 who register.

There will be two‘Author Meets Critic’ sessions.

Important Dates

  • December 3, 2012: Submission opens for open panels
  • January 6, 2013: Submission closes for open panels
  • January 23,2013: Submission opens
  • March 17, 2013: Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals and movies/videos.
  • May 12, 2013: Acceptance notification.
  • May 13 – July 28, 2013: Early registration.
  • August 18, 2013: Preliminary program posted.
  • September 15, 2013: Last day to book a room at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center to get the reduced rate. We recommend early booking since room availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • September 1, 2013: All presenters must register to be included in the final program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.
  • September 22, 2013: Final program posted.

Conference Registration

Members, log in to receive the member discount! Your user name is your email address. If you don’t know your password, use the Forgot Password function to reset it. (Note the password sent by email expires within 24 hours.) Please note that the 4S registration database is not connected to the program database. If you have not done business with 4S in the past, you will need to create an account at this location.

Follow the shopping cart process to select options and register for the Annual Meeting. Note we use First Name and Last Name for your badge. Please ignore what appears in the Badge Name field.

Not a member? You will need to register with the web site as a guest in order to complete your meeting registration. Add a 4S membership to your shopping cart along with your registration and the discounted registration rate will be applied during checkout.

Paying for your registration online is much preferred and is far simpler for everyone. If you must obtain an invoice in advance for payment by your institution, contact the 4S Webmaster for instructions. Additional fees are required for bank transfers.

Registration Fees

Fees include the Friday Awards banquet.

Early registration ends on 07/28/2013.
Regular registration starts on 07/29/2013 and ends on 10/8/2013.
Late registration starts on 10/9/2013.

Cancellation Policy: After August 15, cancellations will be accepted with a refund of 50%. Any cancellations after September 15 will not receive a refund.

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Students and non-OECDProfessional






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

Applications for travel grants for students are being accepted until June 3.

Conference Location & Lodging

Town and Country Resort and Convention Center (www.towncountry.com/)
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California 92108
Tel: (619) 291-7131
Fax: (619) 291-3584
Reservations: To obtain the discounted room rate of $159 /night, point your browser to
Town and Country Resort & Convention, comprising 32 acres, is next to the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Club. The University of San Diego, Presidio Park, and the San Diego Zoo are within two miles of this resort. Ocean Beach is five miles away and SeaWorld San Diego is 4 miles away.

Light Rail Trolley Just a short stroll from the Town and Country Resort Hotel will take you to the San Diego Trolley pick-up. The trolley is a great way to get around San Diego when you’re sightseeing, shopping, or going to specific events. Travel by trolley to the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, Downtown San Diego, the Convention Center and Seaport Village. You can also reach San Diego’s sporting event venues – Qualcomm Stadium, Petco Park, San Diego State and Viejas Arena by trolley.

Travel to San Diego

By Air

  • San Diego International Airport (SAN), sometimes called Lindbergh Field, is conveniently located near downtown, and most major airlines fly to it.

By Train

  • Amtrak , Station Building (with waiting room), 1050 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

By Bus

  • Greyhound Bus Station, 120 W Broadway (between 1st Ave & Front St), San diego, CA 92101

By Car

  • Take I-5 from Los Angeles and northern California, I-15 from Las Vegas, and I-8 from Phoenix.

Directions to our San Diego Resort Hotel
Interstate 8 East
(El Centro)
Take 2nd Hotel Circle Exit and turn left going under the overpass.

Interstate 8 West (Beaches)
Exit Hotel Circle and turn right.

Interstate 5 North or South
Exit onto Interstate 8 East (El Centro) and exit 2nd Hotel Circle exit, turn left continuing under the overpass.

Interstate 805 North or South
Interstate 15 North or South & Hwy 163. Exit onto Interstate 8 West (Beaches), exit Hotel Circle and turn right.


The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites submissions for its 2013 conference in San Diego, California. There is no predetermined theme for the 4S conference. 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 4S conference welcomes papers, session proposals, and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, 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 4S conference also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation. This year we plan to hold special sessions on movies and videos where the main item submitted will be a movie or video. We plan to have a room dedicated to showing of movies. Movies of variable length can be submitted.

Each participant in the conference will be limited to only one paper or movie presentation and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Submission Process

Paper and session submission season has closed. You can still update personal information, such as your email or affiliation, at http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s13/.

Contact Info

For general meeting information and any questions about the program, contact the Program Chair, Roli Varma , University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Telephone: 1-505-2777756].

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