Barcelona HoNESt - Summer School “History of Nuclear Energy and Society”, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 18-09-2017 - 22-09-2017

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Summer Program
September 18, 2017 to September 22, 2017
Subject Fields: 
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Political Science, Political History / Studies, Oral History, European History / Studies

Barcelona HoNESt - Summer School “History of Nuclear Energy and Society”, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 18-09-2017 - 22-09-2017

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Campus Ciutadella, Ramon Trías Fargas, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona

Why is nuclear energy highly controversial in some countries and not in others? How have societies engaged with nuclear energy? How has the nuclear energy sector engaged with societies, and how this has changed over time? And how can we conduct research on these issues in a systematic manner? These are some of the the questions, the Barcelona HoNESt “History of Nuclear Energy and Society” Summer School will address.

The Barcelona HoNESt - Summer School is a one-week intensive interdisciplinary training programme for junior researchers broadly interested in the relations between technology and society. Benefitting from the expertise and experience of historians and social scientists from leading European research centres collaborating in the large Horizon 2020 research project HoNESt, provides a concise introduction into a diversity of state of the art approaches. This includes approaches from the history of science and technology, STS, social and economic history, the study social movements, social sciences, notably engagement studies.

Young researchers will be able to meet leading experts in the field, to engage with a diversity of relevant methodological approaches, and, most importantly, will be able to present their own work, and obtain feedback from leading experts in the field.

The Summer School also offers the unique opportunity for young researchers to get first-hand insights into a large European interdisciplinary research project, including the practice of stakeholder engagement, an issue that becomes ever more important in European project.

Each day of the summer school will be devoted to a different topic – including the transnational responses to nuclear installations sited at national border, the economics of nuclear energy, nuclear’s role as a public technology, the juxtaposition, and social science approaches, from STS and engagement studies. Time in the afternoon is set aside for the discussion of participants’ own research.

All courses and sessions are taught in English, by world leading expertise.

The Barcelona HoNESt Summer School is offered by the Horizon2020 HoNESt Project (, coordinated by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona.


We are inviting applications from junior researchers (PhD students, young postdocs, researchers new to this field). Applications should include a brief (100-200 words) description of the applicants’ current research, a short CV (200 words), and should be sent to: Marta Perelló (


Deadline: 31 july 2017


Participants will have cover their own accommodation and travel cost. The summer school will provide a list of options for accommodation.


There is not nominal registration fee !


For more information, please contact Marta Perelló (



Indicative Programme

Monday, 18th September 2017

14:00 - 18:00: Arne Kaijser (Stockholm) & Jan-Henrik Meyer (Copenhagen): Siting nuclear installations at the border: Studying transnational issues in a comparative perspective


Tuesday, 19th September 2017

9:30 - 13:00: Helmuth Trischler (Munich) & Robert Bud (London):
Nuclear as a public technology

14:30 - 18:00: Discussion of participants’ research projects


Wednesday, 20th September 2017

9:30 - 13:00: Ivan Tchalakov & Mar Rubio: To cheap to meter? The Economics of Nuclear energy

14:30 - 18:00: Discussion of participants’ research projects


Thursday, 21th September 2017

9:30 - 13:00: Aristotle Tympas & Karl-Erik Michelsen:
Nuclear Energy and Borders; Historical and STS Approaches

14:30 - 18:00: Discussion of participants’ research projects


Friday, 22th September 2017

9:30 - 13:00: John Whitton & Josep Espluga & Willi Konrad:
Engaging with Nuclear Energy: Social science approaches

14:30 - 17:00: Discussion of participants’ research projects


Coordination: Albert Presas i Puig (UPF Barcelona)

Contact Info: 

PhD Albert Presas i Puig

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27

08005 Barcelona

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