5th EuropeanSpring School of History of Science and Popularization: international workshop “Radioactivity in the Public Sphere”

Maó (Menorca), 21-23 May 2009

Institut Menorquí d’Estudis (IME) Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica (SCHCT) European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Radioactivityand nuclear energy have featured extensively in media since early 20thcentury, and therefore constitute an excellent terrain to study the interactionbetween science and its publics. Being initially portrayed as a medical andtechnological wonder, the destructive power released in Hiroshimaand Nagasakireinforced fears about the damaging effects of radioactivity. This double-facednature, which mirrors the dual character of being a heavily promoted and much contestedscience, makes radioactivity a most interesting vehicle to explore disciplinebuilding strategies through the media, popular appropriations and riskmanagement strategies.

Thefifth edition of the European Spring Schoolwill focus on two major issues: the historical evolution of public perceptionof radioactivity, and the role of media in shaping public perception ofradioactivity’s benefits and dangers. A variety of actors would be consideredin this discussion, including scientists, the state and the media.

ScientificCoordinator: Néstor Herran.< /span>

OrganizingCommittee: Àlvar Martínez-Vidal, Néstor Herran, Josep Miquel Vidal, JaumeSastre, Yoko Tochigi, Sara Lugo.



Thursday 21 May 2009

Morning 11:00                     Participants welcome

Evening session 16:00-16:30         Opening address

Néstor Herran (CEHIC, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

16:30-17:30         “MarieCurie and the public image of radioactivity”

Xavier Roqué (Centre d’Història de la Ciència, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

17:30-18:00         Discussion

Friday 22 May 2009

Morning session 9:00-10:30            “Radioactivity and government civildefence advice to the public, 1945-68”

Melissa Smith (Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester)

10:30-11:00         Discussion

11:00-11:30         Coffee break

11:30-13:00         “Radioactivityas Social and Public Problem: Governing Radioactivity Risks”

Soraya Boudia (Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinairessur les Sciences et la Technologie, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg)

13:00-13:30         Discussion

Evening session

16:00-17:30         “Nuclear medicaltechnologies on the screen: using Sp anish official

newsreel (NO-DO) as a source for the history of the public image ofradioactivity in Franco Spain”

Alfredo Menéndez-Navarro (Departamentode A. P. e Historia de la Ciencia, Universidad de Granada)

17:30-18:00         Discussion

Saturday 23 May 2009

Morning session 10:00-11:30         Round table: [Marker][Marker]”The public image ofradioactivity in historical perspective” [Marker]

Chairman:Bruno Strasser (Department ofHistory, Yale University)

11:30-12:00         Coffeebreak 12:00-13:00         General discussion

The School sessions and discussion will be conductedin English

Place: Institut Menorquí d’Estudis (Camí des Castell,Maó, Menorca)


Registration Pack 1: 300 euros (includes conference fees, lodging in individual room and lunches)

Registration Pack 2: 200 euros (includes conference fees, lodging in shared room and lunches)

Registration Pack 3: 100 euros (includes conference fees and lunches)


Early registrants (before March 15, 2009) receive a 50 euros discount onconference fees.


February, 15th, 2009:deadline for applying for attendance grants March 2nd, 2009: concession of grants

March 15th, 2009: deadline for registration withdiscount April, 15th, 2009:deadline for registration May, 21-23, 2009: Spring School


Theorganisation strongly recommends payment by means of bank transfer to the bankaccount 2100 0963 67 0200031280, IBAN: ES30 2100 0963 6702 0003 1280 (Caixad’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona, Office 0963,carrer del Carme 44, 08001 Barcelona).

Paymentby credit card or cheque is also possible. Ask the organisation for the specialform.

[ http://schct.iec.cat/school/registrationschool.doc ] [ http://schct.iec.cat/school/registration_form_5_spring.doc ]REGISTRATION FORM

Registration formscan be downloaded from the of the 5th European Spring School webpage at theSCHCT website: [ http://schct.iec.cat/school/spring09.htm ]http://schct.iec.cat/school/spring09.htm



Alimited number of gra nts will be provided in order to cover registration fees(only packs 2 or 3) and/or travel expenses. Applicants may apply by sending theregistration form, a short CV (1 page) and a motivation letter by e-mail to [ mailto:[email protected] ][email protected] before February, 15th,2009. Credit card information (number and expiry date) will be required toawarded participants in order to guaranteeing their attendance to the school.

For further information please contact:

Institut d’Estudis Catalans Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica Carrer del Carme 47 — 08001 Barcelona [ mailto:[email protected] ][email protected] Tel.  +34 93 324 85 81 Fax: +34 93 270 11 89 [ http://www.ime.cat/ ]http://schct.iec.cat

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