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Seven Volkswagon Stiftung Funded Doctoral Studentships

Position: Seven Fully Funded Four Year PhD Studentship Organisation: University of Göttingen / Seven European Museums Location: Göttingen and Collaborating Institutions Closing Date: 30/04/2018 Salary: Tuition Fees, Maintenance, Research Expenses for Four Years University of Göttingen: Department of Art History with Professor of the Materiality of Knowledge, Dr Margarete Vöhringer Senior research professors working in a range of disciplines and [...]

What’s On at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford (April-June 2018)

To download the programme as a PDF click here. Exhibitions  Women in Science Basement Gallery March – December 2018 100 years ago, the first group of women won the right to vote in the UK. In this centenary year, there is widespread recognition of the political role women have played in society. But what about the vital contributions women have [...]

Open Meeting on the History of Physics

The History of Physics Group will hold its first Open Meeting in London on Thursday 27 September 2018. The organising committee will be pleased to receive abstracts of no more than 500 words for 20 minute oral presentations or presentations by poster on any subject related to the history of physics. Submissions from students and early career researchers will be [...]

Workshop: Narrative Science and its Visual Practices (19th April 2018)

As part of the ERC-funded Narrative Science project we are hosting a one-day workshop focused on the intersection of visual practice and narrative in science. The workshop will take place at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on 19th April. Science abounds with visual materials: exemplary objects, 3D models, photos, diagrams, maps, graphs. Scholars in the history, philosophy [...]

Postdoctoral Research Associates – Scott Polar Research Institute

The Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge) is looking for four three-year Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) to work on the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project (2017-22), ARCTIC CULT, Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands, led by Dr. Richard Powell. Further details here. CLOSING DATE 30 APRIL 2018 The project investigates the construction of [...]

2018/19 Visiting Fellowships at University of Leeds: School of Philosophy, Religion & History of Science

The School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at University of Leeds invites applications to its Non-Stipendiary Visiting Fellowships scheme for the academic year 2018/19. Visiting fellows will be provided with full library and information systems access, and office space where possible. There are no formal duties. Fellows will be expected to pursue their research and participate in seminars, [...]

PhD studentships (early 19thC and late 20thC) at UCL

The Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London and the Royal Institution offer two fully-funded PhD studentships available to commence at the start of the next academic year. Applicants should possess or be about to successfully complete a masters in the history of science or in science studies more broadly or an appropriate first degree. The successful [...]

AHRC-funded PhD: Instruments of scientific governance? Historical geographies of Halley

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded studentship at the University of Cambridge, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Royal Society. The PhD studentship is one of six awards being made by the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the Science Museums and Archives Consortium. The project is full-time, funded for three years and begins in October 2018. It will be supervised [...]

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: ‘Museum Collections, Academic Teaching, and the Making of Geology in the Nineteenth-Century University’

The School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science, University of Leeds, in collaboration with Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship to explore the origins of object-led teaching in the nineteenth-century university and connect this to the current [...]

Research Fellowships: Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

The Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel) is offering research fellowships for a project starting in October 2018. The fellowships are for PhD and post-doctoral students as well as visiting research students and scholars. The project examines the intellectual history of modern structural and informational biology. Fellows will [...]

Event at the Royal Institution: The Electricity of Life 

Wednesday 21 March, 7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre Electricity plays a vital role in our bodies, from neurons in our brain to nerves in our feet. But how does our body create electricity, how was it discovered and what clues can our understanding of electricity give us to help cure disease? Join Phil Ball and an expert panel for an [...]

HAPP Network Summer School on History of Physics: Scientific Instruments and Environmental Physics – University of Oxford, 20-24th August 2018

The HAPP Network for the History of Physics aims to be the focal point for a new international group of historians, philosophers and practising physicists from a number of institutions including the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, University of Stuttgart, University of Warsaw, CNRS Paris, Real Academia Española, Uppsala University and the American Institute of Physics. [...]

Digital Approaches to the History of Science Workshop

Registration is now open for the second Digital Approaches to the History of Science Workshop, which will take place at the History Faculty, University of Oxford, on 23 March 2018 (9:30 to 17:00). Confirmed speakers include: Richard Dunn: the Board of Longitude Project Christy Henshaw: the Wellcome Collection Miranda Lewis, Howard Hotson, Arno Bosse: Cultures of Knowledge Robert McNamee: Electronic Enlightenment Project Tobias Schweizer, Sepideh [...]

The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh: Postgraduate Research Studentships

The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh is a charitable trust for the promotion of research and education in natural science. Postgraduate Research Studentships in the History and/or Philosophy of Genetics or Molecular Biology. The Darwin Trust invites applications for postgraduate research studentships tenable at any UK University from graduates, of any nationality, who wish to study for a PhD in the history [...]

Register before 28th February: BSHS Postgraduate Conference 2018

Registration for the British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference 2018 closes on 28th February. Visit the University of Manchester estore to register now (£30/£20 PhD/Masters). This year's conference is hosted by the Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the University of Manchester, and will take place between the 4th and 6th April. Travel [...]

Book Launch: Rohan Deb Roy’s Malarial Subjects

There will be a roundtable to celebrate the launch of Rohan Deb Roy's Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820-1909 (Cambridge, 2017) on 26th February 2018 at the Royal Asiatic Society (14 Stephenson Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 2HD). The event will start at 6 pm. Speakers include Professor Clare Anderson (Leicester), Dr. Nayanika Mathur (Oxford), Dr. [...]

BSHS Engagement Fellowship – Jamaican Natural Science collections at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for a current postgraduate student working in the history of science, technology and medicine, or a closely-related field, to work with the Curator of Natural Science at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to research the Jamaican Natural Science collections. The Fellowship is worth £2,000 which will support up to one month’s work (20 [...]

CFP: Self-Fashioning Scientific Identities in the Long Nineteenth Century

Self-Fashioning Scientific Identities in the Long Nineteenth Century University of Leicester, 15th June 2018 Keynote: Dr Patricia Fara, University of Cambridge ‘You will I am sure on reflection, readily acknowledge that as a man of science I have no choice but to pursue “truth” to the best of my ability in spite of consequences[.]’ St G. J. Mivart to Charles Darwin, [...]

OEC Project Grants: next deadline 15th Feb 2018

The British Society for the History of Science Outreach and Education Committee offers grants of up to £200 to support education and outreach projects in the history of science. We have recently structured these to be awarded on a quarterly basis, and the first 2018 deadline is 15th February. These grants are intended to generate engagement with the history of [...]

Linnean Society: Celebration of First Female Fellows

DAY MEETING 10:30–17:00 Wednesday 21 March 2018 Just over 100 years ago, the Linnean Society admitted 15 ground-breaking Fellows - all women. To coincide with its 230th anniversary, the Society will be celebrating the first female Fellows and their contributions. This one-day event will look at these women in detail, while also exploring issues facing women today like imposter syndrome and the [...]

SMG Journal Writing Prize – call for entries

The submission deadline for this year’s Science Museum Group journal writing prize is 1st March 2018. The prize aims to encourage writing and publication by early career scholars, and winners will receive £500 and the chance to publish in the SMG Journal. Winning entries will be judged according to best original research article that addresses research questions in the history [...]

Antiquarian Horological Society AGM (12-13 May, Keele University)

This year’s Antiquarian Horological Society annual meeting takes place on 12–13 May 2018 at Keele University in Staffordshire. The year 2018 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Edward Massey, a significant and important inventor of a range of horological and nautical devices. The annual meeting will celebrate the contribution of Massey and his family to the field of [...]

Remembering David Knight (1936-2018)

With deep regret we report the recent death of David Knight, former President of the British Society for the History of Science and editor of the journal. Eminent as a historian of chemistry, and specialising in Romanticism and the works of Humphry Davy, he was Professor of the History of Science at the University of Durham. The Service of Thanksgiving [...]

Nominations invited for BSHS Pickstone Prize 2018

Nominations are invited for the British Society for the History of Science’s prestigious Pickstone Prize for 2018. The Prize aims to recognize pioneering works that advance the scholarly understanding and interpretation of the scientific past. In focusing on academic books, it complements the Society’s Dingle Prize, which rewards engagement with broader audiences. Established in 2014 with the help of the [...]

Upcoming Events at the Royal Institution

Frankenstein and its Legacy Tuesday 23 January, 7.00pm – 8.30pm Frankenstein is still relevant today as it was 200 years ago, and Shelley's creature lives on, as an embodiment of society's anxieties about where science is taking us. Join Philip Ball, Miranda Seymour, Frank James and Angela Wright as they discuss the context in which the book was written and [...]

British Society for the History of Pharmacy Lecture on Byzantine Pharmacology

The British Society for the History of Pharmacy's events programme covers a wide range of pharmacy history topics.  Details of its upcoming lecture are below. LECTURE: BYZANTINE PHARMACOLOGY BETWEEN EAST AND WEST Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre, UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX Monday 5 February 2018, 17:30 Cost: free Lecture by Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in [...]

2018 BSHS Undergraduate Dissertation Archive Grants

The BSHS is delighted to announce that applications for the Undergraduate Dissertation Archive Grants are now open. Are you an undergraduate student writing a dissertation on a topic in the history of science, technology and medicine? Do you need to visit an archive as part of your research? If so, then why not apply for one of our OEC archive grants? These awards, of up to £250, [...]

CFP: Science and the First World War: the aftermath

Call for papers As part of a series of Europe-wide conferences on the history of science during the First World War, this one-day conference will be held at the Royal Society on Thursday 13 September 2018. We invite papers from historians of the early 20th century. We wish to focus on science and society in the later stages of WW1 [...]

Science Museum Group Journal: Issue 8

Issue 8 of the Science Museum Group Journal is now available to read online here. The Science Museum Group Journal (ISSN: 2054-5770) is an open-access online publication presenting the global research community with peer-reviewed papers that are relevant to SMG’s collections and practice and to the wider international science museum community. Issue 8 includes papers authored by senior curators and museum directors [...]

ESHS 2018: Call for individual papers

The European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Biennial Conference and British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Annual Meeting is on the theme ‘Unity and Disunity’. It will be held at University College London’s Institute of Education (14-17 September 2018). Call for Individual Papers The organising committee of ESHS 2018 invite proposals for individual papers to be [...]

BSHS Engagement Fellow – George Marshall Medical Museum

Deadline for applications: 23 February 2018 Fellowship to be completed by: End September 2018 Fee payable to Fellow: £2000 George Marshall Medical Museum (GMMM), Worcester, is delighted to be hosting a British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Engagement Fellowship during 2018. Supported by the BSHS, this post will enable a current postgraduate student to carry out research in [...]

BSHS Engagement Fellow – The Polar Museum – Climate Histories

Deadline for applications: Monday 15 January 2018 Shortlisted candidates to be interviewed via Skype on Wednesday 24 January 2018 Fellowship to be completed by: end June 2018 Fee payable to Fellow: £2000 The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, is delighted to be hosting a BSHS Engagement Fellowship in the first half of 2018. Climate [...]

Call for symposia at ESHS 2018 from Outreach and Education Committee

The Outreach and Education Committee (OEC) of the BSHS would like to extend a particular invitation for symposia at the European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference 2018.   The conference – which is being organised in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Science – will be held at University College London’s Institute of Education [...]

Events at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

November - December 2017 EXHIBITION Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria Special Exhibitions Gallery Until 18 March 2018 Explore the microbial world, antibiotics and technology through art. The internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu takes visitors on an artistic journey through infection, from the Romantic period to contemporary synthetic biology. NEW DISPLAYS Science and Sacrifice Basement Gallery Drawing on our recent Dear Harry [...]

Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

The current special exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford, is Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria (29 September 2017 - 18 March 2018). It is a contemporary art exhibition by internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu which explores our relationship with the microbial world, antibiotics and technology. For more details see: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/exhibits/ Image: Microbe Mouth © Anna Dumitriu

Pop Science! Lates Event at the Natural History Museum

Constructing Scientific Communities is taking over the Natural History Museum for one night! Friday 27 October 2017 18:00-22:00 Natural History Museum, London Science is a cornerstone of modern society but sharing the work of scientists can often be a challenge.  At Pop Science, we explore some of the different ways that science can be and has been shared with the [...]

ESHS 2018: Call for Symposia

We are delighted to announce that the Call for Symposia for the next European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Biennial Conference is now live and can be found here. The conference - which is being organised in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Science - will be held at University College London’s Institute of Education [...]

CFA: BSHS Archivist

The British Society for the History of Science is looking for a new Archivist. As historians, we all know that archives are crucial, and so we have to look after our own records properly and preserve our heritage. The BSHS Honorary Archivist, Jamie Stark, has recently become the Books Reviews Editor for BJHS, and he is looking for the right person [...]

Symposium: In the Shadow and Light of the Tavistock Institute’s Archive

You are invited to attend a symposium celebrating 70 years of applied social sciences work at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. The TIHR conducted organisational research with a wide variety of institutions, including Unilever, the National Coal Board, British European Airways and the Ministry of Technology. The symposium takes place at the Conway Hall in central London on Thursday [...]

BSHS Postgraduate Conference 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference, which will take place at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester, on 4th – 6th April 2018. Further information can be found on the conference webpage. Conference Organising Committee: Andrea del Campo Peirano; Rachel Douglas; Kate [...]

Research Associate Opportunity (20 hours)

Opportunity (Research Associate, 20 hours): The 400th  birthday of Elias Ashmole. History and Science in 17th-century Lambeth (London)   In the quartercentenary of the birth of Elias Ashmole, Ashmole Primary School, a community school in Lambeth, London, is creating a programme of activities related to its namesake to introduce the pupils of the school to Ashmole and his world.  We [...]

BSHS Engagement Fellowship

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) is delighted to announce the second iteration of a scheme 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 will fund the placement of Master’s or PhD students with heritage organisations and museums for the equivalent [...]

Call for nominations for the 2017 BSHM Neumann Prize

The British Society for the History of Mathematics is pleased to announce the biennial Neumann Prize for 2017.  The prize is awarded for a book in English (including books in translation) dealing with the history of mathematics and aimed at a non-specialist readership, and published in 2015 or later.  There is no further restriction on the subject matter, nor on [...]

Events at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

July – September 2017 EXHIBITIONS Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria Special Exhibitions Gallery OPENING 28 September Explore your relationship with the microbial world, antibiotics and technology. The internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu takes visitors on an artistic journey through infection, from the Romantic period to contemporary synthetic biology. Anna’s work Ex Voto previously featured in the Museum’s exhibition Back from the Dead. NEW [...]

Florence Bell: The Other ‘Dark Lady of DNA’?

By Kersten Hall, University of Leeds When Florence Bell addressed a group of delegates about research into textile fibres at the Institute of Physics conference held in Leeds in 1939, she probably wasn’t expecting to shatter any fundamental physical laws of the universe. Yet to read the press reports that followed her presentation you could be forgiven for thinking she [...]

Literary Agents Seek History of Science Authors

Antony Harwood Literary Agents are actively seeking authors with an interest in public engagement to develop ideas for books and broadcast media projects dedicated to the history of science. Our interest extends across all periods and disciplines, and topics may include biography, the history of ideas, and the social history of science, in particular the role of patronage in supporting [...]

Celebrating 50 Volumes of the BJHS!

The British Journal for the History of Science (BJHS) is celebrating 50 volumes just as the BSHS celebrates its 70th anniversary. In celebration of this great achievement, Editor Dr. Charlotte Sleigh has commissioned a virtual special issue for which each surviving former editor nominated one favourite paper from their period of tenure. As you can imagine, this takes us way back [...]

CFP: Technologies of Frankenstein

Announcement and Call for Papers: “Technologies of Frankenstein” Sponsor and Host: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA Meeting Dates: 7 – 9 March 2018 CFP Deadline: 15 October 2017 Website: http://frankenstein2018.org/ Summary: The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were [...]

Revisiting Anna-K Mayer’s ‘The history of science in Britain, 1945–65’

The BSHS celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year, and in honour of this, Cambridge University Press has made Anna-K Mayer's fantastic BJHS piece, "‘I have been very fortunate…’. Brief report on the BSHS Oral History Project: ‘The history of science in Britain, 1945–65’" freely available from now until the end of 2017. This article was originally published in the BJHS in [...]

Otterden Place, Faversham, Kent

Otterden Place, Faversham, Kent By Charlotte Sleigh, University of Kent, with thanks to David Clark. This simple picture below, well known to historians of science, shows one of the earliest experiments in the conductance of ‘Electrick Vertue’, performed in 1729.  ‘A’ is oiled, wet thread, supported on silk strands that run between poles C and D.  The Vertue is communicated [...]

Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics 2017

Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics 2017 Theme: “Tools for research in mathematics, history and philosophy” Invited speakers: Liesbeth de Mol (Lille) & Ralf Krömer (Wuppertal) Date: November 2-4, 2017 Location: Brussels, Belgium Submission deadline: August 15, 2017 Contact: [email protected] Web page: https://novembertagung.wixsite.com/conference We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF) of the [...]

Wonderalp: A Virtual Cabinet of Curiosities

Wonder and Science: The Alps and the Culture of Curiosity Researchers at the Université de Lausanne have just launched a new website available in English, German, and French to feature virtual wonder rooms, with portals that can take you through a number of artifacts and archival holdings to add to our understanding of the History of Wonder and Science in the [...]

Spring 2018

BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara Dear BSHS members, I'm writing to you with news of a very special event. This year's winner of the Dingle Prize is Andrea Wulf, an extremely prestigious author who has written a wonderful book about Alexander von Humboldt, The Invention of Nature. This summer she has declined all invitations to speak in London except for [...]

2018 BSHS Dingle Prize Lecture

Every two years, the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) awards its Dingle Prize for the best popular book on scientific history. This year's winner is Andrea Wulf, who has written a wonderful book about Alexander von Humboldt, The Invention of Nature. Although she rarely accepts speaking invitations, she has generously agreed to lecture for us at the [...]

The Contagion Cabaret at The British Academy (24 May 2018)

7pm (bar open from 6.30pm) Killer germs, superbugs and pestilential plagues have long fascinated writers and musicians. Join a cast of actors, scientists and literary researchers for an inventive illustration of infectious extracts from plays and music, past and present. Be sure to bring your antiseptic wipes. In collaboration with Chipping Norton Theatre and the Diseases of Modern Life team [...]

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