Winter School

8th Annual Winter School on the social studies of emerging technologies

January 3-10, 2020

The annual Winter School on the social studies of emerging technologies, support by the NNCI, is a learning retreat for graduate and postdoctoral students held during Arizona State University’s winter break period when students and faculty can focus on their work in a distraction-free environment. The program is designed to give participants an introduction to and practical experience with the methods and theory employed by SFIS faculty and associates. Hands-on, collaborative instruction focuses on innovative methods for investigating the societal aspects of emerging technologies. Ample work time and breaks are built into the Winter School schedule to encourage participants to guide their own learning experience throughout the week. Mentorship sessions with available faculty will also be offered.

To learn more about the Winter School experience, please see our brief video

Sign for Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch with building behind it.
Participants at lunch on site.
Students sitting at tables listening to lecture.

Who should apply?

Applicants should be advanced graduate students or recent PhDs (post-doc or untenured faculty within 3 years of PhD at time of application) with an expressed interest in studying emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, robotics, synthetic biology, geoengineering, artificial intelligence, etc.

Applicants may come from any discipline, but priority will be given to those whose research focuses on societal questions.

Applicants may come from any country, but they must be demonstrably proficient in English.

Why apply?

The Winter School is an immersive experience for scholars who want to share their unique research and learn from peers and experts who use diverse approaches to investigate the human and social dimensions of emerging technologies. Winter School faculty will offer theoretical framings, analytical tools and hands-on lessons in responsible innovation, anticipatory governance and real-time technology assessment. Winter School will enrich your network of peers, and mentors and all participants will present their research at the culminating Research Symposium.

Students working on project plans atop a table tennis table outdoors.
Students presenting their work on a poster outside.
Horseback riders crossing a stream.

How much does it cost?

The program fees for accepted students will be covered by the NNCI including 7 nights stay at the Saguaro Lake Ranch, all meals, and local transportation from Tempe, Arizona. Participants will be responsible for securing their own travel to Phoenix, Arizona and should arrive before 1pm on January 3.

Deadline for applications is Monday, October 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. MST

For questions, please contact [email protected]