The STGlobal Consortium is a group of universities with students interested in science & technology studies (STS), science & technology policy (STP), and other related topics.

Each year, graduate students from the member schools organize a graduate student-centered international conference in Washington, DC. The conference provides students with an opportunity to present their original research within a supportive community, gather critical feedback on works-in-progress, network with students in related fields, and attend professional development lectures. The 17th annual STGlobal Conference will be held on March 24-25, 2017 at the National Academy of Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science buildings.


Our mission is:

“To inspire and challenge graduate students to contribute to the forefront of research on science and technology policy and social issues, and to foster mutual understanding in the S&T community”


STGlobal challenges students to engage with and contribute to science and technology studies and policy scholarship. To help  ensure that financial constraints do not inhibit students from participating, the organizing committee awards limited travel grants for students outside of the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.


STGlobal Conference: STGlobal presents an annual conference on “Science and Technology in Society” in collaboration with our Mission Partners, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The National Academies. The conference develops emerging S&T scholars and promotes the academic and professional advancement of graduate students in the traditionally fragmented community of scholars working in S&T policy and social research. Presented each year in the spring, the conference attracts graduate students from around the world to present their research on STP and STS issues and related fields including but not limited to health, energy and environment, space, information and communications, innovation, education, and ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology. Every year, prominent figures from both STP and STS deliver keynote addresses.

            At the 15th anniversary STGlobal Conference we had:
  • over 200 attendees;
  • 48 graduate papers and 15 undergraduate posters, representing 8 countries, 16 states, and 26 universities;
  • 3 keynote speakers, and 14 professional development panelists.


Developing S&T Scholars and Professionals: Students receive constructive feedback on their research, learn about related research in other disciplines, and build national and international connections with one another, prominent scholars, and professionals. As an added benefit to attendees and participants, a portion of the conference is dedicated to career development, with representatives of government and non-government employers.


STGlobal Structure: STGlobal is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit comprised of dues-paying member universities. A volunteer Organizing Committee of graduate student representatives from each member university is responsible for leadership and the hands-on operations of the Consortium. Faculty Sponsors from each member school serve as mentors to their student representatives. For information on joining the STGlobal Consortium, please e-mail:


We accept submissions under two categories: individual paper abstracts and poster abstracts.  We strongly encourage work that highlights the interdisciplinarity of these fields and engages in creative uses of theory or methodology in areas such as health, energy, sustainability, social justice, education, innovation and emerging technologies policy, research policy, and history of science and technology.



Any student currently enrolled in a program at any institution around the world (at the time of submission) is eligible to submit an abstract for research related to STS or STP topics. Abstracts can not exceed 300 words and must clearly state the project’s research questions, theoretical framework, methodologies, and findings.



We offer undergraduate researchers interested in engaging with the STS and STP communities the opportunity to present in an informal poster presentation session. Poster abstracts should follow the guidelines for individual paper submissions.


Consortium Members

Drexel University - Center for Science, Technology and Society; Center for Public Policy     The George Washington University – Center for International Science and Technology Policy     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University– Science and Technology in Society     Georgetown University – Communication, Culture & Technology

Institutional Partners

American Association for the Advancement of Science         National Academies

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