Call for Papers 2017-09-27T18:40:12+00:00


Science and Society

  • Science policies. Science governance.
  • Science, management, and innovation.
  • Science and values. The ‘ethos’ of science.
  • Biotechnology. Bioethics. Biopolitics.
  • Sociology of science. STS studies.
  • Science and culture.
  • Science and gender studies.
  • Science communication. Scientific journalism.
  • Public understanding of science.
  • Scholarly communication. Open data. Open access.
  • History and philosophy of science.
  • History and philosophy of physics.
  • History and philosophy of chemistry.
  • History and philosophy of biology.
  • History and philosophy of mathematics.
  • Sustainable energy. Environment. Ecology.
  • Science and religion.

Technology and Society

  • Technology policies. Technological governance.
  • Technological innovation. Inventions. Patents.
  • History of technology. Philosophy of technology.
  • Virtual communities. Communities of practice.
  • Digital divide. Technology and identity. Technology and (functional) diversity.
  • Technology and gender.
  • E-government. E-democracy. Participatory systems.
  • Big data. Privacy. Surveillance.
  • Mass media. Culture industry.
  • Technology and globalization. Technology and power.
  • Technological progress and sustainability.
  • Technology and global warming.
  • Technological determinism. Autonomous technology.
  • Sociology of technology. Social construction of technology.
  • Minds and machines. Transhumanism. Posthumanism. Extended mind.
  • Artificial Intelligence. The sciences of the artificial.

Science, Technology and Innovation

  • The knowledge society. Information and communication technologies.
  • Knowledge management and information systems. Business intelligence tools.
  • Open innovation. Distruibuted innovation. User innovation.
  • Sharing economy. Commons. Crowdsourcing. Collective intelligence.
  • Technological and organizational innovations.
  • Technology and busniess administration.
  • Proprietary software. Patents. Intellectual property. Copyright.
  • Open source software. Free software. Open licences. Creative Commons.
  • Open data. Open access. Open archives. Public sector information.
  • Big science. Research infrastructures. Information architecture. Technoscience.
  • Little science. Scientometrics. Scholarly communication.
  • The values of precision. Standardization. Reusability.
  • Cultural industry. Military industry. Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Converging technologies. Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC).
  • Research and Development (R&D) policies and strategies.
  • Start-ups. Spin-offs. University research parks.
  • Business cluster. Smart cities.
  • E-commerce. E-business.
  • Technologies of the future (energy, transport, nanotechnology, genome editing, quantum computing…).

Science, Technology and Learning

  • E-learning. Blended learning.
  • Assessment and evaluation tools.
  • Gamification in education.
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
  • Online universities. Distance education.
  • Virtual communities. Communities of practice.
  • Digital divide and continuing education. Lifelong learning.
  • Collaborative learning.
  • Multiliteracies. Multimodal literacy.
  • Learning science (physics, chemistry, biology).
  • Learning mathematics. Pedagogy of mathematics.
  • Learning technology. Learning by doing.
  • Learning and natural environment.
  • Extended cognition. Collective intelligence.
  • Technological usability. Human-computer interaction. Interfaces.

2017 highlighted theme

The boundaries between humans and machines: 50th anniversary of the invention of the mouse

An important aspect of technology is to design and develop interfaces that allow humans to interact with machines, and more recently with computers, what J.C.R Licklider called “Man-Computer Symbiosis.” The highlighted theme of 2017 will analyze this important aspect of the technological design that allows the translation between the language of the humans and the language of the machines. It marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of one of the most successful hardware devices in the history of computing: the mouse. In 1967, engineer Douglas Engelbart, then researcher at the Stanford Research Institute, devised a device that could be moved by hand and move the corresponding physical movement to the screen. See the following video of 1968, of less of 2 min of length, in which Dr. Engelbart himself presents his invention.



This type of session is best suited for works about investigations already undertaken or academic papers. The authors will present a summary of their work (purpose, procedures, results or products). The formal oral presentation of the work should be limited to 15 minutes. Presentations will be grouped according to the theme or perspective of these thematic sessions (which can be 60, 75 or 90 minutes) with a question / answer time and group discussion after all presentations. All rooms will be equipped with projectors for presentations in PDF or PPT.


This type of session is best suited to teach or demonstrate certain procedures, skills or techniques. Some considerations that are appropriate for this session format are for example: a demonstration, performance, presentation, discussion or dialogue with the public. These sessions are usually scheduled for about 45 minutes and should be structured so that any explanatory information or input is provided and there is sufficient time for interaction with the public time, participation and involvement.


This format is ideal for presenting the preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that are rendered in posters or panels. In these sessions (usually about 45 minutes), the authors have the opportunity to exhibit their work and participate in an informal discussion with other attendees. Each poster must include a brief summary of the purpose and work procedures. The dimensions of the poster should not exceed 85 cm wide by 110 cm long.


This congress session is scheduled in 90 minutes and consists of five authors propose a series based on a common theme documents. Documents can present complementary aspects of a specific body of work, or contrasting views on a specific topic. There must be at least 5 registered participants. The session must conceive about 15 minutes for individual presentations and a minimum of 15 minutes of public debate or questions and answers.

Round Table

This type of session is best suited for position papers, review of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks, works in progress, politic analysis, or topics that generate and benefit from a broad discussion. The authors are assigned a numbered table in a large meeting room for the entire session (usually about 40 minutes), during which they can talk and interact with other attendees interested. Please note that computers, screens or projectors are not available on the sessions.

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