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Winter School

Winter School

Annual Winter School on

Responsible Innovation and Social Studies of Emerging Technologies

Each January, the NNCI hosts a Winter School designed to give junior scholars an introduction to and practical experience with methods and theory for better understanding the social dimensions of emerging technologies. The one week program introduces students to a variety of tools, concepts and methods that guide social science research into emerging technologies through presentations, practical activities and rigorous discussion. Ample work time and breaks are built into the Winter School schedule to encourage participants to guide their own learning experience throughout the week. Mentorship sessions with available faculty are also offered.

Why apply?

The Winter School is an immersive experience for scholars that want to share their own unique research and learn from peers and experts with diverse approaches to investigate the human and social dimensions of emerging technologies.  The faculty at the Winter School will offer theoretical framings, analytical tools and hands-on lessons in responsible innovation, anticipatory governance and other approaches.  Participating in the Winter School will enrich your network of peers and mentors and all participants will present their research at the Research Symposium.

Who should apply?

 Applicants should be advanced graduate students and/or recent PhDs (post-doc or untenured faculty within 3 years of PhD at time of application) with an expressed interest in studying emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, robotics, synthetic biology, geoengineering, artificial intelligence, etc. Applicants may come from any discipline, but priority will be given to those whose research focuses on societal questions and must be demonstrably proficient in English.

Where is it held?

The program has traditionally been held at Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, AZ with access to Sonoran Desert hiking, kayaking on Saguaro Lake, horseback riding, and relaxing by the Salt River.


The 2017 Winter School will be held from January 3-10, 2017.  Applications are currently closed. Please check back in early fall for the announcement of the 2018 winter school.

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