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The BSHS is the main organisation in the British Isles working to bring together people with an interest in the histories of science, technology and medicine and their changing relationship with society.
“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”
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.
Members of the BSHS are eligible for benefits, advanced invitation to events & conferences, member networks, discounts on select publications, and electronic access to our journals.
The Science in Public Research Network is delighted to announce that we'll be having an extra busy year in 2017. Our 11th Annual Conference will be on the theme of 'Science, Technology and Humanity' and will be held at the University of Sheffield, 10th - 12th July 2017. We are issuing a Call for Open Panels with a closing date [...]
By Dr. Jim Grozier John Krige’s brief history of politics and physics at CERN (published in Viewpoint 110, June 2016) provides a useful insight into the factors that brought the European research centre into being in the 1950s, including the Cold War, the rise of “big science”, and competition with the USA. Unfortunately, this history makes up only the second [...]
Guest Editor James Stark writes Who owns medicine? This is the provocative and far-reaching question which has stimulated the latest issue of the BJHS on the theme “Owning Health”. There are many different kinds of ownership, but the papers are concerned principally with patenting, perhaps the most recognisable way of protecting and profiting from an invention. This might seem like [...]
The BSHS is delighted to have awarded our first BSHS Engagement Fellowships to support small and local museums, archives, galleries and libraries whose collections connect to themes in the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine. This scheme funds the placement of Master’s or PhD students with heritage organisations and museums for the equivalent of a month’s work (timescales can be arranged between the [...]
Call for Papers British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference 2017 6-9 July 2017, University of York The BSHS Annual Conference will take place from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 July 2017 at the University of York. The Conferences Committee now invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from [...]
On November 17, New Scientist is celebrating its 60th birthday with a special feature on key inventions introduced since its foundation in 1956. These were chosen by members of the BSHS, who have contributed articles for both the printed and the electronic versions of this best-selling magazine. As you might expect, some of their selections will strike New Scientist readers [...]
Changing the Nature of Art and Science: Intersections with Maria Sibylla Merian When: 7, 8 and 9 June 2017 Where: Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) is one of the more intriguing figures of scientific, artistic and commercial culture of the early modern period. Born in Frankfurt, and later based in Nuremberg, Wieuwerd and Amsterdam, her scientific interest [...]
The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) invites contributed papers and proposals for symposia for its next conference, EPSA17, which will be held at the University of Exeter from 6-9 September 2017. The conference will feature contributed papers, symposia, and posters covering all subfields of the philosophy of science, and will bring together a large number of philosophers of science [...]
The BSHS is delighted to announce that the winner of the fourth Great Exhibitions Competition, is the Adler Planetarium, Chicago for their innovative display, What is a Planet? They have put together an engaging exhibition which draws on cutting-edge research to provide a fascinating and immersive visitor experience. In judging the entries, the Outreach and Education Committee wanted to recognise [...]
The Leverhulme Trust provides funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, the ambition being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training. The Trust is currently inviting applications for Emeritus Fellowships, which enable retired academics from UK institutions to complete a body of research [...]
The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is inviting scholars working on the history or the philosophy of science to submit abstracts for individual papers or proposals for sessions. The Society's annual conference is part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences meeting in Toronto, Ontario, and will be held between May 27-29, 2017. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 20, 2017. Graduate students are [...]
Editor Charlotte Sleigh writes: Jessica Ratcliff kicks off the autumn for us – perhaps an Indian summer? – in her exploration of how and why a semi-autonomous princely state such as Travancore engaged the scientific community in Europe in the nineteenth century. The article focuses in particular on the work of turning observation data into a published report and on [...]
Celebrating diversity: 175 years, 175 weeks, 175 faces Over the 175 weeks leading up to their 175th anniversary on the 23 February 2016, the Royal Society of Chemistry have been showcasing the wonderful diversity of their community in the form of 175 individual and inspirational stories. Each story features someone involved in the chemical sciences who represents diversity in the broadest sense; someone [...]
There is something for everyone in the first issue of BJHS Themes, the new open access, annual journal brought to you by the BSHS and Cambridge University Press. The first collection, ‘Science of giants’, looks at science and technology in modern India and China, and is the outcome of several years’ intensive discussion at workshops across the world. The guest [...]
The BSHS is delighted to announce that we will be hosting the 8th International Conference for the European Society for the History of Science in London from September 15-17 2018. The theme for the conference will be Unity and Disunity, broadly and inclusively interpreted, and the main venue will be University College London. Further details to follow, including a Call for Papers!
The BSHS fully supports the efforts of the European Society for the History of Science to "foster cooperation between, and integration of, scholarly communities across Europe and beyond." Please read their declaration (below) and show your support by following the link to their petition. Official Declaration of the ESHS Dear members of the European Society for the History of Science, friends [...]
Call for abstracts In summer 2017, the fortieth anniversary of the creation of the Working Party (WP) on History of Chemistry of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) will be celebrated. The general aim of the conferences organised by the WP is to facilitate communication between historically interested chemists and historians of chemistry, and to gather the [...]
The California Institute of Technology and the Francis Bacon Foundation are pleased to request nominations for the 2018 Francis Bacon Award in the history of science, the history of technology, or historically-engaged philosophy of science. The Francis Bacon Prize Offered biennially in the amount of $20,000, the Prize will be awarded to an outstanding scholar whose work continues to have [...]
Gresham College is pleased to announce a series of eleven lectures on the History of Mathematics. These lectures are free and will take place at the Museum of London (EC2Y 5HN) or Barnard’s Inn Hall (EC1N 2HH). Lectures will be accessible to the general public, but they will focus on issues and problems which would be excellent for student enrichment, [...]
The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford has some great free upcoming lectures that will be of interest to us all, so if you can make it, don’t miss out! Shakespeare400 Shakespeare’s World View: Stars, Globes and Magic 1 August - 31 December 2016 Join us on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death to explore Shakespeare’s knowledge of the natural [...]
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.