We would like to extend a big congratulations to Professor Hebe Vessuri who was awarded this year’s Bernal Prize for distinguished contributions to the field of science and technology studies by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). We are honoured to have Professor Vessuri as an advisory board member of OCSDNet and we have benefited from her wisdom and guidance.

We are also fortunate to have Professor Vessuri as one the keynote speakers at this year’s ELPUB conference, taking place just after the upcoming 2017 OCSDNet meeting. Several of the OCSDNet teams will be presenting at this year’s ELPUB conference, and their papers will also be published in the conference proceedings.

You can access a preview of Hebe’s upcoming keynote speech here, entitled “Tapping knowledge globally: open access and mobile objects in an asymmetric world”: http://www.cyprusconferences.org/elpub2017/Vessuri.html

You can also preview the ELPUB 2017 programme here, and see the many OCSDNet contributions in the programme:


“The Society for Social Studies of Science annually awards its Bernal Prize to an individual judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the field. Past winners have included many of the founders and prominent scholars who have devoted their careers to the understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology. The 2017 Bernal Prize winner is Hebe Vessuri, an Argentinian anthropologist whose contributions to the field of Science and Technology Studies have been methodological, empirical, conceptual, and institutional. Vessuri is author and editor of 31 books, and hundreds of articles, book chapters and government reports, written in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. A pioneer in the anthropology of science with fieldwork experience throughout Latin America, Vessuri has demonstrated how ethnographic studies of the sciences can inform both social theory and policy. Her conception of national styles of science, peripheral science, and of the cultural role of science in less-developed countries have been particularly influential in Latin America, helping define STS in the region. Her analyses of the role of science in diverse societies speaks powerfully to issues at the heart of contemporary politics around the world.”

See the link below for the full announcement from the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S):