Translation is the life-blood of scientific communication as well as historical research. Reflecting its commitment to international learning, the BSHS is delighted to support an exciting new series of scholarly on-line translations, available to all completely free of charge.
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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.
New Academic Writing Prize – Submission date reminder: March 1, 2017. The March 1st deadline is fast approaching to submit for the new Science Museum Group Journal writing prize. Designed to encourage and reward research articles by talented early career scholars, the £500 prize will be awarded for the best original research article that addresses research questions in the history [...]
Friday 27 January 2017 12pm-7pm The Royal Society, in association with the Constructing Scientific Communities project, is hosting a one-day workshop on the topic of 'scientists and their diaries'. The full programme for the day is here. Attendance (including sandwich lunch and afternoon tea) is free, but booking is essential - please email [email protected] to reserve a place. The workshop will [...]
Title: "The Mathematical Skyline" about using maths to answer the question of where to take the perfect picture of Battersea Power Station from. Date: 18 January, 1-2pm Speaker: Professor Simon Salamon Location: Barnard's Inn Hall The study of perspective in art has led to a branch of mathematics called projective geometry, which addresses the relationship between landscapes viewed from different locations. [...]
The British Society for the History of Pharmacy is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, we are holding a special conference in London on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April, open to all. The Saturday programme, hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, features talks on the Society of the Apothecaries (celebrating its 400th anniversary), the UCL [...]
Date: Monday 6 February 2017, 5:30pm Venue: UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX (Nearest tube: Russell Square) Event: British Society for the History of Pharmacy lecture Title: The Syon Abbey Herbal (before AD 1517), the last monastic herbal in Britain Speaker: John Adams, Member, Syon Abbey Research Associates Overview: The Syon Abbey Herbal, written by their last known librarian, [...]
Has your paper been accepted at the 25th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Rio? Are you a BSHS member? The BSHS will be providing a limited number of travel grants for society members who are presenting in Rio. The grants will be a maximum of £750 each and require full documentation. More details to follow soon!
‘Preparing to Present’ 11 March 2017 Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester The British Society for the History of Science welcome postgraduate students to apply for a free place at this workshop, tailored for masters level and early stage PhD students. The aim of the day is to improve both skills and confidence in presenting academic papers. The workshop will [...]
Translation is the life-blood of scientific communication as well as historical research. Without translators — often uncredited, and many of them women — new scientific ideas would not have been able to travel around the world. Reflecting its commitment to international learning, the BSHS is delighted to support an exciting new series of scholarly on-line translations, available to all completely [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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, [...]
BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara writes: Dear Colleagues This newsletter is being mailed out to coincide with a new and exciting venture that we were asked to keep secret until now… 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 [...]
BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara writes: Dear Colleagues For the last fortnight, I have had the great honour to be the President of the BSHS. When Greg Radick invited me to consider this position, I was delighted, flattered – and also deeply apprehensive about my ability even to approach the extraordinarily high standard he has set. But so far, it’s [...]
BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes: Hello! And: Goodbye! Yes, by this time next week, our Society will have voted in a new President. My two-year term has almost run its course. I was fortunate to begin at a moment when, thanks to the outsized success of the 2013 International HSTM Congress in Manchester and the superb stewardship of my [...]
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