From April 10-11th, I attended the STGlobal annual conference in Washington, DC. STGlobal Consortium is an international, interdisciplinary organization compromised of leading graduate programs in science and technology policy (STP) and science and technology studies (STS). The annual conference is geared towards PhD students in STP and STS and is organized in collaboration with STGlobal’s mission partners, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The National Academies. The conference is unique in that it brings together graduate students in the traditionally fragmented community of scholars working in S&T policy and social research.
The conference was a great opportunity for me to engage with PhD students from other institutions to learn about their research methods and findings. I presented on the methods I am using to characterize the factors that influence the adoption of green infrastructure in the US. There also were several professional development panels and keynotes talks. For instance, Dr. David Hess of Vanderbilt University delivered a keynote talk that focused on recent findings related to sustainable technology transitions that I found particularly interesting.
I would highly recommend this conference to PhD students that are integrating STS and STP aspects into their research questions. Though most students were not applying STS and STP methods to environmental systems, I found it useful to compare their methods against those I used in my project. It was also nice to walk around DC during the spring cherry blossom season!