The Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies


Forthcoming events

Symposium on Science and Technology Studies:
Experimentation and Evidence

Helsinki, 8-9 June 2017
Venue: The House of Science and Letters (Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, Finland)

Keynote speakers: 
Professor Barbara Prainsack, King's College London
Professor Michael Guggenheim, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Ilpo Helén, University of Eastern Finland
Associate Professor Eeva Luhtakallio, University of Tampere


Thursday June 8th

11.00 Registration and info

12.15 Opening of the symposium

12.30 Keynotes

Professor Barbara Prainsack (King's College London): Harder, better, faster? Evidence in citizen science

Professor Ilpo Helén (University of Eastern Finland): Innovation and experimentality: Remarks on a configuration of science and politics

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Parallel sessions

Experimentation with the digital

Mary Nurminen (University of Tampere): Machine translation-mediated interviewing in research: Possibilities and Considerations

Anna Rantasila (University of Tampere): Tracing mediated affect in the digital – or dabbling with messy methodology

Janne Korhonen (Aalto University): Designing experiments for blockchain utopia

Ismo Kantola (University of Turku): Digital jump into pocket? The transfer of work into mobile phone

Minna Saariketo (University of Tampere & Aalto University): Experimentation with a tracker: Studying connections and connectivity in digital environments

Experimenting in medical settings

Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes): Doubly disadvantaged: The recruitment of diverse subjects for clinical trials in Latin America

Vera Raivola (Finnish Red Cross Blood Service): Blood donors and biobanks

Maiju Tanninen (Tampereen yliopisto): Moninainen CFS - sairauden tuottaminen potilasyhteisön käytännöissä

Alternatives, interpretations and evidence

Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen & Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (University of Turku): Challenging translations: Evidence of the invisible, evidence for authorities

Elina Mäkinen (University of Tampere): Interpretation and use of visual representations of data in a collaboration between academia and industry-based researchers

Tereza Stöckelová & Susanna Trnka (Czech Academy of Sciences & University of Auckland): Efficacy and evidence in alternative medical epistemologies

Pia Vuolanto (University of Tampere): Allure of the academy: Strategies of legitimation in the emergence of research on complementary and alternative medicine

17.30 Reception

Friday June 9th

12.15 Keynotes

Professor Michael Guggenheim (Goldsmiths, University of London): Making STS experimental: Evidencing the future of risk

Comment by Associate Professor Eeva Luhtakallio (University of Tampere)

14.15 Coffee break

14.45 Parallel sessions

Tieteen vaikuttavuus yhteiskunnassa

Johanna Hokka (Tampereen yliopisto): Huippututkimusta ja humboldtilaista sosiologista esseistiikkaa - Vaikuttavan sosiologian määrittelyt suomalaisen ja ruotsalaisen sosiologian kentällä

Juha-Pekka Lauronen (University of Helsinki): Finnish expert conceptions about societal impact of social research

Kirsi Pulkkinen (University of Lapland): Societal interaction as a tool for impact

Anssi Mälkki & Katri Huutoniemi (Suomen Akatemia): Tiedeyhteisön ulkopuolelle ulottuva vaikuttavuus ja tieteen yhteiskunnalliset roolit: Suomen Akatemian Tieteen tila 2016

Reetta Muhonen, Julia Olmos Peñuela & Paul Benneworth (University of Tampere, University of Valencia & University of Twente): Modes and mechanisms of social sciences and humanities engagement

Evidence and experiments in different fields

Terhi Esko (University of Helsinki): Developing a dyslexia learning game

Meri Jalonen (Aalto University): Experiments as vehicles of transformation in sustainability transitions?

Jaana Lähteenmaa (Tampereen yliopisto): Euroopan Unionin ja Eurofoundin vaikeat vaatimukset evidenssiksi työttömien ja ns. syrjäytyneiden tukemishankkeiden kentällä

Constitution and limits of knowledge production

Mikko Jauho (University of Helsinki): Fat/cholesterol: A dual boundary risk object in the cardiovascular health arena

Heta Tarkkala (University of Helsinki): From Biobanks to biomarkers. Experimentality in extra cellular vesicles

Dara Ivanova, Iris Wallenburg & Roland Bal (Erasmus University Rotterdam): The living lab as a truth-spot: The construction of a truth-producing place

Anuradha Nayak (University of Lapland): Data's daughter

17.15-17.45 Closing words


Call for papers: "Experimentation and Evidence." Annual symposium of Science and Technology Studies, 8.–9.6. 2017


The Finnish Society for Science and Technology, The Finnish Association for Medical Law and Ethics; Funded by The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

Keynote speakers:

Barbara Prainsack, King's College London
Michael Guggenheim, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ilpo Helén, University of Eastern Finland
Eeva Luhtakallio, University of Tampere

The 2017 symposium titled "Experimentation and Evidence" calls for papers examining the ontological, epistemological and practical issues in the process of creating, validating, and revisioning knowledge.

Science studies have rendered science as a social and cultural practice. Classic STS- studies have described upstream “truth factories” such as laboratories and the processes of producing knowledge, while others have taken a downstream perspective, to examine the social and political effects of such knowledge. However, increasingly making and arguing for a political, administrative, or corporate decision requires more often than not drawing on items of knowledge (conventionally called ‘facts’) for support (legitimacy, justification), regardless of whether the decision concerns a public issue or is made in a laboratory, court of law, financial or medical institution, or in some other closed social domain.

What makes all this very interesting is that in many of these occasions that require choosing, the ‘facts’ are based on experimental methodology or research design. Actually, experimental methodology may well be in contradiction with the common idea that decision making should be based on reliable facts. As the experiments in our focus now tend to be on the cutting edge of knowledge, resulting ‘facts’ may be less secure than expected.

How, then, does one arrive at a credible ‘fact’ in any of these contexts? What constitutes, through which kind of hierarchies of authority and lobbying, evidence in different contexts, and how do ‘facts’ translate when traveling across epistemic boundaries between different social domains? How and why is the relevance of experimentation and experimental research design in different social domains argued for? How have the relations between experimentation and evidence changed historically, and how does the current cultural, intellectual and moral climate (Zeitgeist) influence their interrelation? How do social movements’ knowledge claims relate to mobilizing citizens’ experiences to governmental purposes?

Call for presentations and sessions
We are welcoming presentations and sessions on, but not limited to,

* different topologies for evidence, for both creating and assessing evidence
* experimentation in medicine
* science studies and activism
* challenges of public engagement in science, technology and governance
* the study of issues such as citizen science, biotechnology and regulation
* social movements and civil society as challenges to research agenda settings
* social accounting, auditing, and reporting
* funding access to decisive materials as a part of argumentation
* transformation of natural entities into scientific objects
* organizations as knowledge-machines
* hybrid knowledge more anti-disciplinary than interdisciplinary
* textual vs. visual, translations
* limits of design
* experimental methodology (e.g. imitation game).


Presentations can relate to any aspect of experimentation or evidence, or any other aspect of science and technology studies.

Maximum length of presentation abstracts is 300 words, including possible references. Maximum length of presentations is 20 minutes + 10 for discussion.

Abstracts of presentations together with contact details (name, organization, e-mail) should be sent to Minna Saariketo <> by 8th May 2017 as a DOC or RTF attachment.


Session conveners are requested to invite 3-5 presentations on a topic of their choice and to draft a description of the session (up to 500 words). Session conveners are also requested to provide the abstracts of presentations in their session.

Session proposals (description and presentation abstracts) and contact details (convener’s name, organization, e-mail; speakers’ names, organizations and e-mails) should be sent to Minna Saariketo <> by 8th May 2017 as a DOC or RTF attachment.

Past events


Symposium on Science and Technology Studies:
Expertise and its tensions

Helsinki, 2 June 2016
Venue: The House of Science and Letters (Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, Finland)

Keynote speakers: 
Professor Steven Yearley, University of Edinburgh
Principal Scientist Maria Åkerman, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


Science and Technology Studies Symposium: Digitalization and Science
Helsinki, 9 June 2015

Venue: University of Helsinki, Metsätalo building (Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki)

Plenary speakers:

Reader Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Timo Honkela, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki

Further information:

Ilkka Arminen (ilkka.arminen at
Otto Auranen (otto.auranen at


Local knowledge, global networks
Turku, Finland, 19 September 2013

Time: 17.30-18.45
Venue: University of Turku, Publicum building, hall Pub3, Assistentinkatu 7, Turku

- Professor Steve Woolgar (Saïd Business School, Oxford University): Mundane Governance: ontology and accountability
- Commentaries by Senior Researcher Seppo Poutanen (University of Turku) and Team Leader, PhD Eveliina Saari (The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
- Discussion

Event is open for all.

Further information:
Ismo Kantola (ismo.kantola [at]
Website of Steve Woolgar:

Organized by:
The Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies
Sociology, Department of Social Research, University of Turku
The Finnish Post-graduate School for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

About the speakers:

Professor Steve Woolgar is Chair of Marketing and Head of Science and Technology Studies at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is world renown for his path breaking research with Bruno Latour (1979) in modern science and technology studies. He is highly esteemed as a sociologist of science, technology, organizations, accounting and innovation. His current work focuses on the areas of mundane governance, neuromarketing and web-based rating and ranking schemes, and the shift from epistemology to ontology in STS.

Professor Woolgar's lecture in the Local Knowledge, Global Networks Event will expose his thesis about the shift towards ontology in Science and Technology Studies.

Dr. Eveliina Saari, team leader, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, has studied construction of new research areas, dynamics of collaboration of research groups, systems of innovation, learning in networks, etc. She has published in Science, technology, and human values, Science studies, American journal of evaluation, International journal of quality and service sciences, and Technology analysis and strategic management.

Dr. Seppo Poutanen, adjunct professor, Sociology, University of Turku, has studied genetic screening, epistemic communities, and the discussion on critical realism. He has published in Critical public health, Journal of Critical realism, Sociological research online, Social epistemology, International journal of the humanities, and International journal of gender and entrepreneurship.

The Conference on Higher Education and Innovation Research: Visions of Higher Education in 2030

22–23 April 2013
Helsinki, Finland

The Conference on Higher Education and Innovation Research will contemplate the future and visualize what kind of higher education we should have in the year 2030. The visualisations will encompass several dimensions of higher education, e.g. academic professions, financial basis of higher education, higher education policy, teaching and learning, as well as the role of higher education in solving the grand challenges facing society and humankind.

Deadline for submitting abstracts of presentations is 11 March 2013. Both Finnish and English language abstracts may be submitted.

Further information about the conference and its workshops can be found at conference website.

Conference is organized by HEGOM research group (University of Helsinki), Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Finland, Edistyksellinen tiedeliitto, The Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies, and The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL).

Salla Sariola: The power to know: epistemic differences in an AIDS vaccine study in Coastal Kenya
Karoliina Snell: Tietojärjestelmät ja geenitieto lääkärin asiantuntijuuden muokkaajina
Vienna Setälä-Pynnönen: (Lack of) tensions in the multidiciplinary expertise – Case health and economic growth in Finland
Marjaana Jones: Kokemukseen perustuva asiantuntijuus terveydenhuollossa
Arja Haapakorpi: Asiantuntijuuksien rajapinnalla: laajentumisen ja erikoistumisen tausta ja ristiriita
Antti Lempinen & Marianne Silvan-Lempinen: Semantic difference and loss of context in multidisciplinary scientific work