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The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) will hold its second annual
Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies
on January 3-10, 2014 at Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, AZ.
The CNS-ASU Winter School is designed to give participants an introduction to and practical experience with the methods and theory employed by CNS-ASU faculty and associates. The curricular content and activities are designed around our four Real-Time Technology Assessments (RTTA) and two Thematic Research Clusters (TRC).
More information on our RTTA and TRC projects can be found on our website.
Presentations describing the various tools, concepts and methods that guide CNS-ASU research activity will be supplemented by practical activities and rigorous discussion. 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.
Students will be expected to give an informal presentation at the end of the week, discussing how these methods and tools could inform or otherwise be applicable to their own work.
Faculty at the Winter School will include researchers from ASU, University of Wisconsin, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as special guests from other institutions. Hands-on, collaborative instruction will focus on innovative methods for investigating the societal aspects of emerging technologies.
The CNS-ASU Winter School is designed as a learning retreat, where students and faculty can focus on their work in a distraction-free environment. The Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, AZ, roughly 50 minutes from Arizona State University, provides an ideal setting for this type of activity.
Outside of the curricular activities, winter school participants will have the opportunity to explore the wilderness surrounding the ranch and enjoy the serenity of the setting as a place for productivity and inspiration.
A winter school is an academic retreat held during the winter months, usually during the break between terms. Winter schools are often held away from campus in order to break students and faculty out of their routines and to encourage collaboration in new learning contexts.
Applicants should be advanced graduate students and/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, synthetic biology, geoengineering, 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.
CNS-ASU will provide room and board at Saguaro Lake Ranch as well as local transportation.
CNS-ASU will have limited resources to provide travel reimbursement for airfare to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, and thus under most circumstances admitted participants will be expected to have travel support from their home institutions. Limited travel stipends may be available from CNS-ASU. Please indicate on your application if you require assistance with travel costs.
Once you are accepted to the program, you will make your own round-trip travel arrangements to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Transportation to and from Saguaro Lake Ranch and any other activities will be coordinated in advance by CNS-ASU.
Applications are due October 1, 2013. They should include:
Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Winter School.”