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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.
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 [...]
The University of Strathclyde and its Centre for the History of Health & Healthcare (CSHHH) has established itself as a leading centre for the history of health and medicine. We would like to build on this success by appointing a historian of science, technology and innovation. Although we're happy to consider historians working on various periods and geographical areas, we're [...]
Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (IHPS) is commonly understood as the study of science from a combined historical and philosophical perspective. Yet since its gradual formation as a research field there has been constant discussion about how to suitably integrate the two disciplines. IHPS remains an ever-shifting, highly demanding and disparate area of research which incorporates a multitude of [...]
Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Enlightenment Architectures (x2) Early Modern Collections: Antiquities, Science, Medicine, Natural History An exciting opportunity has arisen at the British Museum for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants to contribute to the Leverhulme Trust funded research project Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections under the Principal Investigator, Kim Sloan and Co-Investigator Julianne Nyhan (UCL). Beginning in January [...]
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 British Society for the History of Pharmacy and the School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford are co-hosting a public talk by Dr. Ian Naylor, recently retired Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the School on Monday 7th November 2016. The title of Naylor's talk is ‘A Bradford Community Pharmacy Prescription Book - a reflection of social and pharmaceutical history in the late nineteenth [...]
Registration is now open for the HSTM Network Ireland annual conference to be held at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland on 11 and 12 November. The programme is diverse and international and includes two key note addresses. Peter Bowler (Queen's University, Belfast) will speak on 'Prophets of progress? Predicting the future of science and technology from H. G. Wells [...]
2nd National Conference of AsSIST-UK: the UK Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology Part of SSU50: Celebrating 50 years of STIS Tuesday 29th November 2016 9.30am (for 10am) – 5pm Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ Outline In 2016, to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the [...]
Call for Papers Annual British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Postgraduate Conference in collaboration with the European University Institute Florence (EUI) and the Centre Alexandre-Koyré Paris (CAK), Florence, 5-7 April 2017 As the 2017 conveyor of the annual BSHS Postgraduate Conference, the EUI History of Science Working Group invites postgraduates to submit proposals for talks relating to topics [...]
The UK Medical Heritage Library project has produced electronic surrogates of over 15 million pages of medical texts dating between 1780 and 1914 from 9 partner libraries. The team have also produced a discovery layer that allows various forms of visualisations of searches within the library from simple date lines, to word clouds to the extraction of images. https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/uk-medical-heritage-library-symposium-27-oct-2016 https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/uk-medical-heritage-library-live-lab-26-oct-2016 [...]
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!
Saturday 19th November 2016 10.30 am - 5.00 pm St Cross College, University of Oxford The Moon, satellite to our Earth, fascinated and inspired the very earliest civilisations as the brightest object in the night sky. Many ancient peoples worshipped the Moon as a deity and used it in the earliest forms of calendar systems. In the seventeenth century Galileo's [...]
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 [...]
National arts education charity, The Big Draw, this week announced the 2016 theme for the world’s biggest drawing festival, which takes place annually from 1-31 October, and has a reach that spans national institutions and individual initiatives on every continent. The theme, ‘The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016’, responds to the current debate on the essential role of Arts [...]
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 BSHS is allied to AsSIST-UK, the Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology, and they are in need of information regarding EU funding. They are currently compiling a written response to the current House of Commons inquiry on Brexit and its impact. While the narrative is coming together, they are still in need of additional information. If you have [...]
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 [...]
Submission deadline: 30 November 2016 The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for the first IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition, planned to continue on a biennial basis, seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline. Entries in [...]
The British Society for the History of Science invites book nominations for the 2017 Dingle Prize. In keeping with the Society’s concern to communicate history of science to broad audiences, the 2017 Dingle Prize will be offered for the best book in the history of science, technology, and medicine, first published in English in 2015 or 2016, which is accessible to [...]
4 November 2016 – 21 May 2017, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University The rise of the superbug. A pressing contemporary issue? Or a problem dating back 80 years? Will modern medicine save us from antibiotic resistance, or will we need to save ourselves? 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the first human trials of penicillin. As news [...]
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.