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The Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) Calls for Participation in the 2016 Summer Research Institute

  *   When: 27 June to 1 July, 2016
  *   Where: Skamania Lodge<>, Stevenson WA (one hour east of Portland, OR)
  *   Website:
  *   Twitter: @sociotechnet<>

Deadline: Apply by 29 March, 2016

Personal health and well-being; open innovation, eScience, and citizen science; co-production, open source, and new forms of work; cultural heritage and information access; energy management and climate change; civic hacking, engagement and government; disaster response; cybersecurity and privacy; education and learning – these are just a few problem domains where effective design and robust understanding of complex sociotechnical systems are critical.

To meet these challenges, a trans-disciplinary community has come together, drawing in scholars from intellectual communities such as CSCW, HCI, social computing, organization studies, information visualization, social informatics, sociology, information systems, medical informatics, computer science, ICT for development, education, learning science, journalism, and political science. Through Summer Research Institutes, extended workshops, preconference workshops, and other activities, this community of researchers from academia and industry has developed a strong focus on problems and opportunities arising from the interplay of social and technological systems that span individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.

For 2016, we are delighted to have commitments from the following scholars who will serve as mentors. We anticipate that several other scholars will join this group:

  *   Jenna Burrell (Berkeley)
  *   Sue Fussell (Cornell)
  *   Tom Erickson (IBM)
  *   Erik Johnston (Arizona)
  *   Carsten Oesterlund (Syracuse)
  *   Tony Salvador (Intel)
  *   Magy Seif El-Nasr (Northeastern)
  *   Lynnette Yarger (Penn State)

Applying for CSST 2016 Summer Research Institute

The 2016 Summer Research Institute builds on and extends this tradition to strengthen and expand this diverse community by bringing together graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty, and other researchers. We encourage applications from all academic, industry, NGO, and public sector organizations worldwide.

To apply for the 2016 Summer Research Institute, select the group that best fits your needs and situation:

  *   Doctoral students, post-doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers: Mentoring, peer networking, and skill-building tutorials will help doctoral students, post-doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers identify substantive ways that the theories, approaches, and tools within the larger community can advance their work with the design and study of sociotechnical systems.
  *   Emerging multi-disciplinary research teams. Groups of researchers seeking to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations will work with mentors to refine problem statements and research goals; connect with collaborators with complementary skills and interests; and create actionable research agendas and funding proposals.
  *   Research infrastructure development teams. Groups of researchers interested in creating computational or analytic tools, data resources, training materials, or other infrastructure to support the design and study of sociotechnical systems.

For more details about these groups and about the event, and to apply for the institute, visit the Institute on the Web at

The number of participants we select will depend on the available funding and the fit between applicants’ interests and CSST goals. Applications are due March 29, 2016; we expect to share out invitations by late April, 2016. For more information about the Summer Research Institute, contact Steve Sawyer ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>). For information about the broader community of researchers interested in design and study of sociotechnical systems, see: CSST (<>), the “Researchers of the Socio-Technical” Facebook group<>, or the CSST listserv ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).


Warren S. Allen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The iSchool at Florida State

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