TechnoScienceSocieties: Delving into STS at a Summer School in Sunny San Sebastián

In July 2016, I spent a week in San Sebastián in the Basque country at the summer school “Techno Science Societies: Between Myth Formation and Societal Structure” organized by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) in Karlsruhe. The school had a strong focus on Science & Technology Studies, which seemed like a good opportunity for …    read more »

How to use social media as an academic – Training on Digital Science Communication

Bildungsforum Potsdam (credit: Lutki)

In November 2015, I attended a training on Digital Science Communication at the Potsdam Graduate School. The group consisted mostly of different kinds of biologists, including the trainer Johanna Havemann. Motivations ranged from using social media for personal profiling and marketing to using digital media for outreach in scientific projects. I was a bit lost as …    read more »

Examples of mixed-method approaches in neo-institutionalist research by Prof Renate Meyer

Uni Potsdam's House 7

In November 2015, Prof Renate Meyer (WU Wien) spent a few days at my Research Training Group WIPCAD as a guest researcher. Her work on New Institutionalism in Public Management has been a great influence on my dissertation project. (If you have the language skills, her books “Neoinstitutionalistische Organisationstheorie” and “Globale Managementkonzepte und lokaler Kontext” are incredibly useful …    read more »

Teaching cases in political science: A collective action problem

Kommandantenhaus Berlin

In June 2014, I attended a training offered by NRW School of Governance and Bertelsmann Stiftung at the Bertelsmann residence in Berlin (pictured above) on case teaching in political science. Cases render teaching more lively and hands-on while the analysis of a concrete and complex example provides valuable insights into theories and their applications. For a quick introduction to case teaching in …    read more »