… revived

The Vienna Science Studies Laboratory is a Vienna-based group of multi-disciplinary researchers interested in the diverse topics and issues of science, technology, and medicine studies. Originally an initiative from members of the CEU Science Studies Research Group, the Laboratory’s activities debuted in Budapest in 2017 and continued till 2019, when CEU started to move to Vienna. We hoped to relaunch things from 2021 on based in Vienna, but the pandemic came in our way. Some of us have used the pandemic to create, with further partners, a video channel on socially engaged philosophy and how it helps to understand science (SEPh). We are now happy to announce that we re-launch the Lab with our Vienna partners, now that physical meetings can be realized in full delight again.

Format: We meet whenever it fits, but not more often than once a month. The format is very open, but basically we use two options. The reading group format, or the work in progress format. For reading group meetings, invitations are publicly distributes. In the work in progress format either a student or a faculty member presents some of their work in progress and gets feedback from the other participants of the lab. For such meetings, we aim at a small group of people from the local community (5-10 people, who were suggested by the authors and invited by the organizers). Everyone will read the material in advance. The reading group meetings reach out, while the work in progress lab meetings serve as a means to improve our on-going work through friendly critical discussions and, in addition, for early academics to get a sense of what a professional work in progress looks like. 

We will sometimes set a topic focus to create some coherence across meetings. Right now, fall-winter 2022/23 this is: feminist STS!

Contact: Anyone interested in joining the community should contact us for more information and plans to come. 


The next meeting will happen on 3rd of July 2023, 3:00-5:00. Location: KLI, Martinstraße 12 A-3400, Klosterneuburg.

Reading: Liboiron, M. (2021). Pollution is Colonialism. Duke University Press, Durham. Liboiron, Max (2021). CLEAR Lab Book: A living manual of our values, guidelines, and protocols (Version 3). Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Please let us know whether you’ll attend by replying to Sophie or Laura, and we will send a pdf of the reading (and page focus). 


Current Organizers: 

  • Stephania Donayre Pimentel – Central European University 
  • Maria Fedorova – Central European University  
  • Laura Menatti – Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research 
  • Sophie Veigl – University of Vienna 


  • Guido Caniglia – Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research
  • Maria Kronfeldner – Central European University
  • Martin Kusch – University of Vienna

(Previous organizers and directors: Mathieu Charbonneau and Maria Kronfeldner. Mathieu, unfortunately, left to work at the Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique, Rabat, Morocco) 

The initiative is currently hosted by UPSalon (University of Vienna), the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), and the Epistemology of the In/human Project at Central European University (CEU).