Symposium 2024: How to make a scientific contribution?

From intellectual exercise to scientific agency

What is it about?

Scientific contributions, building on or breaking with existing knowledge and understanding, provide novel ways of perceiving and relating to our sociomaterial surroundings. However, what exactly does it mean to make a contribution to science? What is understood to be a contribution in general, and in science studies or SSH (social sciences and humanities) scholarly fields more specifically?

The purpose of the 2024 Science Studies Symposium is to help the participants develop some control over questions related to making contributions in their work. The 2024 Science Studies Symposium welcomes contributions in interrelated disciplines, including but not limited to STS, philosophy of science, sociology, and anthropology, preferably with a topical connection to the interaction of science, technology, and society.

Please see the CFP for more details.

The Symposium organiser, the Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies (FSSTS), welcomes you to Helsinki in June 6-7, 2024! The event is supported by the University of Helsinki Faculty of Social Sciences / sociology. Any inquiries about the symposium can be directed to: events [at]




NOORTJE MARRES, University of Warwick

TEUN ZUIDERENT-JERAK, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Important dates


  • April 1 — DL for abstract submissions
  • April 7 — Notification of acceptance & registration opens
  • April 12 — Program of the symposium published on the website
  • June 6 – 7 — Science Studies Symposium in Helsinki