Since 2008 PASTIS brings together the activities related to the  social study of media, science, technology and innovation of a group of researchers working at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) of the University of Padova.

Themes and interests shared by scholars participating in the activities of the research unit concern the relationship between science, technology, media and society, and include the following four main areas:

Biomedical research and care practices

Innovation processes

The media and their audiences

Technoscience in the public sphere

On these topics PASTIS develops research activities, promotes the exchange of knowledge and discussion through seminars, conferences and debates, with particular attention to the cooperation with national and international r scholars and other research centers with similar theoretical and empirical perspectives.

The TIPS project (Technoscientific Issues in the Public Sphere) is a new PaSTIS research project that aims to implement automatic procedures for collecting, classifying, and analyzing digital contents available on the web to monitor science and technology topics. See more details here.