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“To foster understanding of the history and social impact of science, technology and medicine in all their branches in the academic and wider communities, and to provide a national focus for the discipline”

What the Society provides… and more.

including the prestigious peer-reviewed quarterly British Journal for the History of Science (BJHS); our Newsletter, bringing the latest information on happenings in the field three times a year; the new annual, open-access BJHS Themes; and BSHS Monographs.

The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.

Conferences: the Society’s broadly-themed Annual Conference helps participants from all periods and fields to meet and exchange ideas. The Postgraduate Conference is organised by and for graduate students, while other meetings include collaborative events with a variety of institutions and with our international sister societies.

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RELIGION AND MEDICINE: HEALING THE BODY AND SOUL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE MODERN DAY

Birkbeck, University of London, 15-16 July 2016
Convenors: Katherine Harvey, John Henderson and Carmen Mangion
In the contemporary Western world, religion and medicine are increasingly separated, but through much of history they have been closely interrelated. This relationship has been characterised by some conflict, but also by a great deal of cooperation. Religious perspectives have informed both the understanding of and approaches […]

Cfp: BSHS Postgraduate Conference 2016

The upcoming BSHS Postgraduate conference is to take place at the University of Cambridge at the History and Philosophy of Science department on 6-8 January, 2016.

Proposals for talks on any topic relating to the Society’s interests in the history of science, medicine, and technology are very welcome. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and sent as an e-mail […]

BJHS Preview: Issue 3, 2015

Editor Charlotte Sleigh writes:

Waddling into Autumn 2015, the third issue of BJHS for 2015 opens with Natalie Lawrence’s account of how early-modern naturalists fitted the dodo into contemporary systems of taxonomy. Dodos are somehow inherently intriguing, but this paper makes a more general contribution to the history of science by showing how the emblematic and the natural-historical were blended even in early-modern […]

4th Notes and Records Essay Award

Notes and Records reports on current research and archival activities throughout the field of history of science, technology and medicine. The Essay Award is open to researchers in the history of science who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years. The previously unpublished essay of up to 8,000 words should be based on original research and it […]

One Day Meeting: 50 years of Dilution Refrigerators

16th September 2015, University of Manchester

Organised by the History of Physics and Low Temperature Groups of the Institute of Physics

The principle of cooling below 0.3K by dissolving the isotope 3He in liquid 4He was proposed by Heinz London in the early 1950s. It was realised in 1964 in Leiden (0.22K), in 1965 in Manchester (0.065K), in 1966 in Dubna near Moscow (0.025K) and in 1967 […]

Ayrton Prize

The British Society for the History of Science is delighted to announce the launch of a new prize recognising outstanding web projects and digital engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM). The prize name was chosen by members of the BSHS from a shortlist to recognize the major contributions of Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) to numerous scientific fields, especially electrical engineering […]

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BSHS Monographs publishes work of lasting scholarly value that might not otherwise be made available, and it aids the dissemination of innovative projects advancing scholarship or education in the field.