SSOS meets ESA: A One-Day Knowledge Exchange Workshop @ the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Netherlands

9 May 2022

The Social Studies of Outer Space (SSOS) Network and the European Space Agency (ESA) will be jointly running a one-day knowledge exchange workshop on Friday 24th June 2022.

The workshop is guided by the following key aims:

  • To bridge the industry-academia divide by bringing STS scholars and space industry scientists and engineers into dialogue
  • To uncover and strengthen links between the SSOS Network and ESA
  • To develop future collaborations among SSOS social scientists and ESA space scientists and engineers

Participants from SSOS and ESA will deliver a series of 5-10-minute flash talks about their research/work and we will discuss potential collaborations, methods and applications of the social sciences in the space sector. This may also involve a small futures design workshop.

The event will take place fully in person at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

SSOS Network members will also be given a guided tour around the ESTEC Test Centre.

We only have a handful of spaces available for this event (c. 8). If you would like to apply to join us, please provide the following information:

  • Your name, email, affiliation and social media handles (if any)
  • 100-word presenter bio 
  • The title of your flash talk
  • A 100-word overview of your research that would also work as an abstract for your flash talk
  • In addition, please provide a brief response to each of the questions below:
  • How would a visit to ESTEC benefit your research (150 words)?
  • What are the potential implications or applications of your research for space industry scientists/engineers/policymakers (150 words)?

Please send proposals to Alexander R. E. Taylor – – by 20th May 2022. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 24th May 2022.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact

This event has been made possible with generous funding from the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and ESTEC. Refreshments will be provided by ESTEC. The event will be free to attend for invited participants. Unfortunately, due to strict COVID-19 safety measures on site at ESTEC we cannot accommodate anyone who may wish to attend in a spectator capacity.

Call for Contributions: The Social Scientist’s Guide to the Galaxy

9 September 2019

Interested in contributing a cosmic keyword or concept to be included in a glossary for social studies of outer space? Send an abstract for your entry to Alexander Taylor ( and Tamara Alvarez (

Galactic Glossary

Out of the Cradle Workshop in Edinburgh

9 June 2019

Our SSOS colleagues in Edinburgh are hosting the next “Out of the Cradle” international space science, humanities and arts workshop on 20th June 2019.

Find out more and register (by 15th June) at:

Preparations for our 4S Exhibition Innovating STS project…

31 May 2019

For the past few months we have been looking forward to 4S 2019 New Orleans!

Besides centering outer space as a rising STS core topic within each of our individual talks, we decided to try something new: making our institutional background itself a point of interest! We want to engage the Social Studies of Outer Space network, its public as well as hidden inner workings over time and space, in an effort of institutional reflection.

One of our exhibition artifacts waiting to be published.

For this reason, we are excited to be part of the Innovating STS project, that brings together various exhibits within the grounds of 4S New Orleans as well as over at

Catch us on site or drop by to experience our developing collection of artifacts online!

Launching the Social Studies of Outer Space (SSOS) Interdisciplinary Network

25 August 2018

Welcome to the Social Studies of Outer Space (SSOS) Interdisciplinary Network!

We are delighted that there is so much interest in Social Studies of Outer Space!

We are building a community of research interest in this area, if you would like to join us, we recommend you subscribe to our mailing list.

As a network we tend to (re)convene at various conferences and events. After recent discussions at EASST 2018, we are hoping to meet again soon – more information about which you can in the future find in this (News) section.

We really welcome new ideas, comments, suggestions, in short – any kind of feedback! You can tell us about your views and get in touch with us using the from in the Contact Us section.

We hope you are joining us in further exploration and looking forward to meeting you (again) soon!