Die fachliche Qualifikation für Promovierende am Integrative Graduate Center TechnoScienceStudies (IGC TSS) des MCTS baut auf Veranstaltungen wie dem Promovierendenkolloquium #mytopic.in.society und Promovierendenworkshops auf.

#mytopic.in.society – Promovierendenkolloquium am MCTS

Laufende Forschungsarbeiten zur Interaktion von Technik und Gesellschaft stehen im Mittelpunkt des MCTS-Promovierendenkolloquiums #mytopic.in.society. Ziel ist, individuelle Projekte entlang der Agenda “empirisch – interdisziplinär – reflexiv – dialogisch” vorzustellen und zu diskutieren. Das Kolloquium findet semesterbegleitend statt.

Aktuelle Veranstaltungen

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MCTS Doctoral Colloquium #mytopic.in.society


Summer Semester 2018/19



July 25 & 26, 2019


TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)



Vergangene Veranstaltungen

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MCTS Doctoral Colloquium #mytopic.in.society


Winter Semester 2018/19



February 21 & 22, 2019


TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)


Luise Ruge
Understanding Regional Innovation Cultures

Franziska Sörgel
Engaging the Moral Economy of [Automated Prototypes] or How Emotions Drive Innovation

Carolin Schönewolf
Technology Futures of Autonomous Driving

Michael Clormann
(Re-)connecting Spaces. A Material-Discursive Approach to Earthly Spaceflight

Federica Pepponi
Robotics Innovation Cultures – Prototyping Practices of Co-Creation in Europe

Klara-Aylin Wenten
Work in the Making? On the Role of Experimental Attempts to Reorganize Work

Johanna Kleinert
The Design of Fruit and Vegetables

Silvan Pollozek
Infrastructuring European Migration and Border Control in Greece

David Seibt
Industrial User Configurations: The Introduction of 3D-Printing to the Prosthetics Industry


July 12 & 13, 2018


TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)


Johan Buchholz
“Finally a project which goes according to plan – so far” – how organizations evaluate internal digitalization projects

Eriketti Servou
Investigating the socio-technical transition towards autonomous driving within policy-making arenas. The examples of the metropolitan regions of Munich and Stuttgart

Luca Nitschke
Sharing beyond capitalism? – An exploration into non-commercial mobility sharing Melina Antonakaki Experiments in Compliance and Complicity: unpacking the tensions of Reproducibility

Nina Frahm
Responsible Innovation in Transnational Governance Settings. The Construction of OECD Principles for Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology

Peter Müller
Hackathons, Creativity, my PhD and other messy things

Carolin Thiem
“It’s about doing something” TechnoCitizenship – governing through the “design of publics”

Pim Peters
“I have no idea what will come out”: on complexity, enactments, and unforeseeable potentialities in the planning of Munich’s roads.

Sandra Lang
Chiral Worlds – STS perspectives on the shifting field of chemistry.

Andrea Geipel
Platform politics vs. Content. How we communicate science on YouTube.

Georgia Samaras The Molecularisation of Social Adversity. Enacting the Epigenetics of Mental Illness in a Psychiatric Research Laboratory

Philipp Arms
Ubiquitous datafication. Regimes of data processing and the struggle for critics.

Claudia Mendes
Improvising a lighthouse – Economisation for collective concerns in an EU smart city project.

Verena Kontschieder
In the Democracy of Controlled Experiments: Exploring the Policy-Innovation-Design Nexus in ‚Policy Labs’.

Julia Klering
Translational Medicine as an answer to an emergency ?!

Nikolaus Pöchhacker
Computing Structures. Socio-Epistemic Con-Figurations of Algorithmic Societies: Impressions from the Development of a Recommender System

Workshops für Promovierende am MCTS

In den interdisziplinären Workshops am MCTS trainieren Promovierende wichtige Fertigkeiten des Wissenschaftsbetriebs und setzen sich mit Fragen des anwendungsbezogenen Forschens sowie der Reflexion der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit auf politische, wirtschaftliche und medial-öffentliche Aspekte hin auseinander.

Philip Pfaller, Anna Abelmann

When & Where: October 10, 2018, 9 am−12 (optional: extended 1h-Q&A-session after 12), MCTS, Augustenstr. 46, seminar room 270

Workshop Language: English

Target group: Advanced doctoral candidates + senior researchers Participating doctoral candidates will receive a certificate for PhD qualification program at MCTS

“Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the largest ever European funding program for research and innovation (promoted by the Directorate General “Research and Innovation” of the European Commission) with a budget of 79 billion euros, running until 2020. Its aims are to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, to remove barriers to innovation and to make it easier for public and private sectors to innovate. H2020 has 3 areas of focus: Excellent science, industrial leadership and Societal challenges, which covers all stages of research and innovation – from concept to market.” Adapted from: www.gov.uk/guidance/horizon-2020-what-it-is-and-how-to-apply-for-funding

The workshop shall provide a detailed insight into the application process for Horizon 2020 proposals, including Marie Curie actions. The workshop is especially designed for advanced PhD students, Postdocs and senior researchers who consider or have already concrete plans to apply for EU-Calls during the upcoming years.

The workshop will address the coherence between a successful academic career and international research cooperation, analyses concrete examples for successful and unsuccessful proposals and discuss specific application projects of 3 workshop participants as case studies. To understand how to respond successfully to Horizon2020-Calls, it is important to know the intention behind supported research topics as well as how submitted proposals will be evaluated.

Furthermore, this advanced workshop will focus on the following vital questions:

  • Behind the calls: How do European political developments influence the H2020-calls?
  • How to build international research networks interested in H2020?
  • What are synergies between the European Programmes and why is this interesting?
  • Academic Career Roadmap: Combination of funding schemes to achieve your long term goals.
  • How can you benefit from BayFOR’s scientific coordination offices?

The achieved knowledge will prove to be useful in order to elaborate or contribute to successful proposals.


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Dr. Sarah R Davies

When & Where:

  • Munich Colloquium on Technology in Society by Dr. Sarah R Davies on “Making sense of mobility: Precarity and international mobility in the natural sciences”, Nov 20, 2018, 5 pm, Vorhoelzer Forum
  • Workshop November 23, 2018, 4-7 pm, MCTS, Augustenstr. 46, seminar room 270


There is increasing public, policy and academic discussion of the nature and conditions of academia, from ‘quit lit’ (personal accounts of the decision to leave research) to policy concerns about a ‘post-doc problem’. While, within these discussions, there is widespread agreement that universities are changing, assessments of exactly how and why vary, with emphases on, variously, new public management, the integration of public and private sectors, ‘academic capitalism’, or neoliberalism. Key trends – impacting both research and teaching – are marketisation, individualisation, evaluation, precarity, and responsibilisation.

We will consider these developments by reading, discussing, and critiquing some key literature and concepts and through reflexive engagement concerning how these dynamics shape our own careers and experiences. In particular we will pay attention to the question of how one should live and work in the academy under its current conditions. What possibilities are there for intervention or resistance, and are these necessary? If the ideal academic is construed by research policy as entrepreneurial, independent, and mobile, can and should we find other ways of performing this figure?


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Participants: 12 (max.)

When & where: January 29th 201, Arcisst.21, Room 1221

Format: 1 day (10am – 5pm)

Facilitators: Mascha Gugganig (TU Munich), Rachel Douglas-Jones (ITU Copenhagen)

Words ≠ Images: The politics of how we represent and communicate moments from fieldwork is an evergreen challenge. In science & technology studies and the social sciences, priority is ordinarily given to words, with images playing a supporting role. This workshop explores the relationship between words and images in communicating research by using the image as a frame within which words are placed. The visual vignettes will be curated on a designated website to inspire further visual vignettes as a creative teaching tool, dissemination tool and/or as a form of visual ethnography.

What is a visual vignette? A visual vignette integrates text and image to create short, evocative descriptions of a particular phenomenon, conveyed quickly while also providing substantive content. Other than photo essays, this format challenges the order and ‘division of labour’ between words – often as descriptor – and images – as illustration.

  • How can we reconfigure research that has already been conducted into a novel genre of research dissemination
  • Can composing a visual vignette be part of doing research itself?

Workshop Preparation: You should prepare for the workshop by finding and bringing with you existing images and a short text about a topic that currently inspires you in your work. You will need to bring your own laptop, with Powerpoint installed.

  • Bring a story from your fieldwork, written up text (c. 700 words)
  • Bring a selection of images that belong with this story (up to 10)


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Extended Doctoral Workshops

Organisers: Franziska Engels, Nina Frahm, Anton Schröpfer

Collaborating Profs: Sebastian Pfotenhauer, Stephen Hilgartner

When? Nov. 10 2017, 1 pm – open end

Where? theater “Heppel & Ettlich”, Feilitzstr. 12, 80802 München

Who? MCTS doctoral candidates

We are happy to announce that visiting professor Stephen Hilgartner from Cornell University will interactively engage and stay with us for the workshop!

Stephen Hilgartner’s work comprises some of the most prominent concepts of science and technology studies: It reflects on the politics of emerging technologies, scientific knowledge practices, the role of vanguard visions for sociotechnical change, the measurement and models of risk in society, and, most recently, the governance and control of knowledge. His work offers multiple entries of analytical reflections for current doctoral research projects at MCTS.

The extended doctoral workshop consists of two parts:

A public keynote by Stephen Hilgartner on the 17th October 2017, 5 pm, at Vorhoelzer Fourm in Munich.

An interactive doctoral workshop with Stephen Hilgartner taking place on the 10th November 2017 at the theater “Heppel & Ettlich”.

Organisers: Mariya Dzhimova, Sandra Lang, Indrawan Prabaharyaka, Georgia Samaras, David Seibt, Klara-Aylin Wenten

Collaborating Postdocs: Judith Igelsböck, Carlos Cuevas Garcia

When? Oct. 12.-13. 2016, 9 am – 5 pm

Where? Seidlvilla, Nikolaiplatz 1b, 80802 München

Who? MCTS doctoral candidates

This year’s Summer School is about ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’.

Hybridity has long been a mainstay of STS scholarship. Metaphors such as ‘cyborg’ and ‘techno-society’ coexist with analytical approaches such as assemblages and actor-networks. If we have learned anything from past STS research, it is that we are living in a hybrid world without clear distinctions between human, animal and machine, society and technology, science and non-science. Which new forms of order and organization, relationality and praxis can be understood in terms of the hybrid? ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’ means exploring meaningful dimensions of hybridity in today’s techno-society.

Many prominent images of hybridity like artificial intelligence, genetic modification or virtual reality share a distinct emphasis on the future. However, these imaginations of the future are not unitary, a future of hybrids, but are themselves hybrid, ranging from egalitarian utopias to post-human dystopies. How are our expectations, projections and simulations of these futures related to their emergence? ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’ means discovering the unfolding temporal dynamics of hybrid arrangements.

The thematic focus on hybridity and their continuous emergence will be supported by an experimental setting. Beyond classical forms of presentations and workshops, we invite contributions that themselves blur the boundaries between experts and lay people, presenters and audience, the ones researching and the ones being researched. ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’ means being entangled in its becoming.