Freeman Award for ‘Making Europe’

23 September 2014

The book series Making Europe. Technology and Transformations, 1850-2000 has been awarded the prestigious Freeman Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). On behalf of the Making Europe team series editor professor Johan Schot received the award today at the EASST conference in Torun, Poland. Making Europe is the result of an ambitious international research collaboration that is coordinated through the Dutch Foundation for the History of Technology.


The Freeman Award is given in recognition of a publication, which reflects a significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation. The prize is awarded by EASST in honour of Chris Freeman. He was Professor of Science Policy at the University of Sussex for over 20 years, was one of the founding fathers of the research centers SPRU and MERIT, and was founder and editor of the EASST journal Research Policy.


Making Europe is a fitting recipient of this prize. This six volume book series, which investigates the question of ‘Who built Europe?’, is just one product out of an ambitious collaboration that was initiated through the ‘Tensions of Europe’ research network. Making Europe presents and interprets a history that is still in the making. It shows that technology will continue to play a central role in defining Europe; that the politics of Europe is the politics of technology as much as anything else. The 6-volume book series that is published by Palgrave in the period 2013-2015 shows how engineers, companies and citizens started building a united Europe more than 150 years ago by circulating goods, people, energy, ideas, and information between countries. Making Europe reveals the history of Europe that wasn’t shaped by political treaties, but through day-to-day practices of companies, consumers, and organizations via transnational networks and infrastructures.


The Making Europe series is the result of a collective effort of an international team of authors and researchers led by series editors Johan Schot (SPRU, UK) and Philip Scranton (Rutgers University, USA). The collaboration was initiated in 1999 by researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Foundation for the History of Technology. Fifteen years later the initiative supported by an international group of renowned universities, research institutes, museums of science and technology, business and industry, and public organizations.

The EASST Council stated:

"This series reframes the grand theme of European history and identity from a technology based perspective. Genuinely pan-European in scope. A refreshingly ambitious and original collaborative project. It reveals the interplay between the material and the social in the creation of different meanings of Europe. Shows how the lens of innovation presents a strikingly new view of the dynamics of interaction across national boundaries in the making of Europe. The work resonates strongly with Freeman's concerns with history, innovation and politics and with EASST's engagement with sociotechnical change in Europe."

Johan Schot about receiving the award: 

“This means so much to me because it is an award for pioneering collaborative work, which is bringing out the best in an excellent group of scholars. For me and my co-editor of the series, Phil Scranton, it is a great pleasure to work with such innovative and creative people. It is particular special as incoming Director of SPRU because of the connection to Chris Freeman, our founder. I would like to thank the EASST Council and community for this very special honour.”  


More information on the book series can be found via the Making Europe website. For more information you can contact Anne-Mirthe Dieudonné, communication officer of the Foundation for the History of Technology by e-mail: 

Freeman award ceremony
Freeman award ceremony
Freeman award ceremony