This paper explores why epistemic communities bring forth ways to re-imagine place as a constitutive element of identity formation. It argues why the institutionalization process of the Ecuadorian Society for Social Studies of Science and Technology (CTS Ecuador) was key to the stabilization of the epistemic community, and how the process took place. The transformation of an STS studies informal network to a legally established institution is explained through the dialectical relationship between the notions of place and imagined communities. Place has become a key element in the community formation, which works as a symbolic space for membership and knowledge production. Place also operates in two levels: as a reference point, which allows the co-creation of situated knowledge from different STS genealogies; and as an obligatory point of passage for identity building.