Pa.S.T.I.S. is a social sciences research unit focused on the study of science and technology, innovation processes, and communication with particular attention to new media. Since 2008, Pa.S.T.I.S. is part of the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) of the University of Padua. 

Pa.S.T.I.S. involves around 15 researchers who carry out research, consultancy, and training activities in relation to the social, cultural, and economic implications of scientific research, technologies, and media in contemporary society. As shown by the partnerships with Italian and foreign entities, PaSTIS places itself in a collaborative perspective for research and dissemination activities. 

These activities are divided into five thematic areas.

Health, Medicine and Technology

PaSTIS has developed, over the most recent years, an intense research activity on the evolution of biomedical research and clinical practices with particular attention to the role of technoscience.

This research area is divided into the following areas:

Translational research
Big data and biomedical research
Personalized medicine

Technoscientific Issues in the Public Sphere (TIPS)

What is taking place in the web is, as is now widely recognized, an inexhaustible source of information of great interest for research in the humanities and social sciences.

The research activity is mainly developed in three directions: 

New frontiers of techno-scientific research
Technoscience in the media
Technoscientific controversies

Environment, Sustainability and Territory

PaSTIS takes into consideration innovation processes in the quest for the environmental sustainability of human activities.

Ambiente, Sostenibilità e Territorio

Talking about sustainability automatically leads to take into consideration territorial development paths and repercussions at the local level of specific infrastructural choices in the energy and mobility fields.

Research areas

Open science and open innovation

In the public debate, in politics and economic dynamics, innovation is recognized as a central element for the development of contemporary society. 

The research activity carried out by PaSTIS in this area :

Innovation in the public sphere
Evolution of consumption in the digital society
Information infrastructures, design and standardization
Circularity, sustainability and responsibility

Media and Digital Technologies

This area in PaSTIS research is represented by the analysis of media and communication technologies, with an emphasis on the digital world.

The area is articulated in four sub-areas:

Digital media, identity, and social relations
Media and technological innovation
Media, gender, sexualities, and intimacies
Digital media and education

Seminar activity

PaSTIS promotes the exchange of knowledge and discussion through seminars, conferences and debates between scholars and events open to the wider public. in addition to scheduling appointments that update the group’s research activities, the PaSTIS calendar welcomes international guests.


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