International Advisory Board

Karen Cronin (Co-founder and Convenor 2009), Science Leader (Science, Technology and Society), Environmental Science and Research, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Karen Cronin has a background in social research, environmental management, and communication. Over the last twenty years she has held management positions in local and central government, and an international NGO. Karen has worked as a consultant in the New Zealand science sector and has lectured on ‘science and society’ and environmental management for several years. Her research interests include: risk management, science policy and governance, deliberative dialogue, sustainability science and trans-disciplinary research. Karen leads the STS programme at the government research institute ESR, and is currently managing a project using upstream engagement methods around future food technologies. She was the co founder and inaugural convenor of the Asia Pacific STS Network in 2008-09.

Richard Hindmarsh (Co-founder and Co-Convenor 2009; Convenor 2010-mid-2012), Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Australia

Richard Hindmarsh is Reader in Environmental Politics and Policy at Griffith School of Environment, and also a member of Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy. His monograph Edging Towards BioUtopia: A New Politics of Reordering Life and the Democratic Challenge (UWAP 2008) is a foundational Australian text and critical account of the development and regulation of GMOS for environmental release in a context of organised irresponsibility and technocracy. Edited/co-authored books include Altered Genes Reconstructing Nature: the Debate (Allen& Unwin 1998, with Lawrence/Norton); Altered Genes II: The Future? (Scribe 2001, with Lawrence); Recoding Nature: Critical Perspectives on Genetic Engineering (UNSWP 2004, with Lawrence); and Genetic Suspects: Global Governance of Forensic DNA Profiling and Databasing (with Prainsack, foreword Sheila Jasanoff, CUP 2010 forthcoming) (see: He currently has a large Australian Research Council Discovery grant investigating democratic legitimacy and enhanced participatory governance approaches around wind farm development in Australia in a context of intense social conflict from rural communities, and was recently awarded with Tomiko Yamaguchi a prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan. He was the co founder of the Asia Pacific STS Network in 2008-09.

Fan Chen, Professor and Director of the Research Center for Science, Technology and Society, Northeastern University, China; President of the Chinese Association for Science, Technology and Society

Awarded PhD (Philosophy of Science and Technology), Renmin University, 1992. Vice Dean of School of Humanities and Law, Northeastern University; Director of the Research Center for Science, Technology and Society; and President of the Chinese Association for Science, Technology and Society. His main study of interest is STS. In recent years, he has been in charge of subject studies at various levels, including the Education Ministry of China, and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Books include Introduction to Technological Socialization, Scientific and Technological Revolution and Contemporary Society. He has also published more than 200 articles, and has various awards, including the second class outstanding achievement award for philosophy and social sciences by the Education Ministry of China; the second class award for Chinese development research by the Research Center of the State Council of China; and Achievement Award for Social Sciences by Liaoning Provincial Government. He is featured in the Dictionary of Chinese Social Scientists (English version).

Peter Glasner, Professorial Research Fellow, Cesagen, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Peter Glasner is Professorial Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) at Cardiff University, undertaking research on current developments in post-genomics (particularly the rise of proteomics) and stem cell technologies in India and the UK. He has taught at a number of institutions in Britain, and was a foundation sociology lecturer at the Australian National University from 1971-1977. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Sussex, Bristol, and the West of England, and was a Morris Ginsberg Fellow at the London School of Economics. His longstanding interests are in the organisation and management of the new genetics, the development of innovative health technologies, and in public participation in techno-scientific decision-making. Books include, most recently (with Aditya Bharadwaj) Local Cells, Global Science: the Rise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in India and (co-edited with Paul Atkinson and Margaret Lock) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era, both with Routledge. He is a founding editor of New Genetics and Society and 21 Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, and of the Routledge ‘Genetics and Society’ book series. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Herbert Gottweis, Professor, Dept of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria; Director, Life-Science-Governance Research Platform

Herbert Gottweis, is professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and directs the Life Science Governance Research Platform ( He also is visiting professor at the United Nations University, Tokyo. His research focuses on transformations in public policy, and in particular on governance challenges in the field of life-sciences. His book publications include: Gottweis Herbert, Salter Brian & Waldby Catherine 2009. The Global Politics of Stem Cell Research: Regenerative Medicine in Transformation, London: Palgrave;  Gottweis, H/Petersen A. 2007. Biobank Governance in Comparison (London: Routledge); Gottweis, H. (1998), Governing Molecules. The Discursive Politics of Genetic Engineering in Europe and in the United States (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press).

Venni Krishna, Professor, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Recently appointed as Visiting Professor at the UN University – Institute of Advanced Study, Japan, to work on S and T policies and development; and on climate change, innovation and technology transfer, 2009-2012. He is also the editor of Science, Technology and Society (Sage Publications), and has published 5 books.

Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor, STS, School of Science, Griffith University, Australia; President of the Australian Conservation Foundation

Also adjunct professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University. Ian has degrees in engineering and physics, and is the author of 20 books and more than 500 other publications. Professor Lowe’s contributions to environmental science have won him a Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize for promotion of science, the Prime Minister’s Environment Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, the Queensland Premier’s Millennium Award for Excellence in Science, and the University of NSW Alumni Award for achievement in science. Professor Lowe was named Humanist of the Year in 1988 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001. In 2004, he was elected the president of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Hideto Nakajima, Professor, Dept of History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science & Technology,Tokyo Institute of Technology; President of the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies

Founding Director of STS Network Japan (1990); was Chief Secretary of Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies (JSSTS, 2001-2005); and is now its President (2009-). Professor Nakjima was awarded his PhD of History of Science (University of Tokyo) in 1995; and moved to Tokyo Institute of Technology as Associate Professor in 1995. He was won various awards, including the Suntory Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences (2006), has been a Council Member of 4S (2000-02), and a long-time Council Member of the Japanese Society of Science Policy and Research Management.

Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Chair IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; Poukairangi (Rangahau), Associate Dean (Maori Research), Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand