Welcome to Science and Technology in Society

Dr. Carla Fehr (Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy)
and Dr. Heather Douglas (Waterloo Chair in Science and Society) joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo in 2011 and 2012 with a particular mandate: to improve both the scholarly and public understanding of science and technology in society.

Their research focuses on the importance of diversity in our knowledge production practices, the nature of scientific institutional structures, the relationship between science and policy, and the moral terrain of science and technology.

  1. Feb. 22, 2017'Alternative Facts' Have Plagued Science for Decades

    Heather Douglas has weighed in on the alternative facts debate in the U.S.

  2. Feb. 15, 2017Minorities and Philosophy Workshop on Testimony and Deference

    Carla Fehr, the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, attended the Minorities and Philosophy Workshop on Testimony and Deference at the University of Western Ontario. The question of how to make Philosophy a more inclusive, and consequently more interesting and productive discipline has been a central concern for Carla for many years. Her Feb. 9, 2017 talk at the conference was called “Why are numbers better than words?

  3. Dec. 1, 2016Closing the gap between science and society

    Professor Heather Douglas (Waterloo Chair in Science and Society) was recently recognized for her work by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general science society, which named her a AAAS Fellow for her contributions to the history and philosophy of science.

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  1. Nov. 3, 2017How Can We Use Scientific Research to Diversify Our Engineering Workforce?engineers

  2. Dec. 1, 2017How Can Ethical Considerations Improve Scientific Research on Gender?Gender test tube

    Come join us for our third panel discussion as part of the Science & Technology in Society Panel Discussion series focused on Ethics in Science, and Science in Ethics

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Science and Technology in Society Teaching Group

Interested in how science, technology, and society interact? Find out more information about the Science and Technology in Society Teaching Group professors and the undergraduate courses they teach at the University of Waterloo.

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Feminism and Science Research Group

In the Feminism and Science Research Group we conduct research that is unified by attention to justice and the social nature of scientific, technological and medical research. We are interested in research policy, practice, education and implementation. Details