Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th September 2009
MULHOUSE, Alsace, France

A conference on engineering history organised by the IET History of Technology TPN in collaboration with IET France and the Société d’Electricité, de l’Electronique et des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (SEE).

For the first time in the history of these Weekends the 36th event will be held outside the British Isles in 2009.
The chosen location is Mulhouse, Alsace, France. Mulhouse is an especially suitable location as described below, having many museums and providing opportunities for interesting visits.

Members of the IET and all others interested in the history of engineering and technology are invited to submit papers for possible inclusion in the programme of events outlined below. Whilst the language of the event will be English, offers of papers in French will also be considered. Organisers are keen to receive offers of papers on railway and electrical (especially nuclear) power generation history, particularly related to France and Western Europe.


Mulhouse (pronounced Mul-ooze) is the industrial capital of Alsace. It borders both Germany and Switzerland, being about 25 minutes from Basel (Switzerland) and 30 minutes from Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest (Germany). Located between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine. It sits at the southern end of Alsace near the start of the Jura mountain range. It is also near to the wine routes of the area.

Mulhouse Historical Associations

As an important and long standing industrial location Mulhouse is rich with museums of interest to IET members and those interested in the history of science, engineering and technology including among others:-

•           French National Railway Museum,
•           EDF ‘Electropolis’ (Museum of Electricity),
•           Automobile Museum,
•           Firefighters Museum,
•           Museum of Printed Textiles (like Manchester, Mulhouse was a major cotton city)

As a location it therefore provides facilities for a number of interesting museum visits and the chance to attract talks on non-UK topics.

Travel to Mulhouse
The most economical method of travel to Mulhouse from the UK will be by budget airline Easyjet to Basel then onward to Mulhouse .
Alternatively UK members could travel by train (Eurostar) to Lille or Paris then onwards by TGV to Mulhouse. 

Since the Conference location could be used as a springboard for a late summer holiday in the surrounding area e.g. Black Forest, some attendees may consider using their own car to get to Mulhouse.

Conference Accommodation
Unlike the traditional UK events the Mulhouse Weekend will be held in a hotel. A selection of hotels in various price ranges will be supplied so that attendees can make their own choice of accommodation. It is hoped to keep the costs below £300 per attendee.

Details of how to register for attendance will be published on the IET website and elsewhere as soon as details are finalised.


Because of the increased scope for visits the proposal is to start the Weekend on a Thursday rather than the usual Friday ending on Sunday lunchtime as is traditional.

Thursday 10 September 2009
Arrival and registration in Conference hotel in Mulhouse
1st papers presentation session at Conference hotel followed by dinner.

Friday 11 September 2009
Plans for today include a visit to the construction site of the Rhine-Rhone TGV rail link, including a presentation on the project
2nd papers presentation session at Conference hotel followed by dinner.

Saturday 12 September 2009
Plans for Saturday include a guided tour of Cité du Train, the French National Railway Museum and the adjacent EDF Electropolis Museum of Electricty,both in Mulhouse
3rd papers presentation session at the Conference hotel followed by the Conference dinner.

Sunday 13 September 2009
Plans for Sunday may include the final papers presentation session at the Conference hotel and/or a guided tour of Mulhouse followed by a farewell lunch at a traditional restaurant.

Accepted papers will be published and copies lodged in the IET Library and made available electronically. Although the length of final published papers is, within reason, unrestricted authors must note that presentation time at the meeting is limited to 30 minutes maximum which must include an allowance for questions. More detailed guidance will be provided to authors whose abstracts are accepted.

Respondents to this Call for Papers are requested to submit an abstract, not exceeding 100 words, explaining the topic and scope of their proposed paper for consideration by the Programme Committee. Abstracts should be submitted by the end of April 2009, preferably by Email to [email protected] alternatively written abstracts may be posted to:-

The Manager
History of Technology TPN
Archives Department
Savoy Place



Authors of accepted papers should note that copies of their final paper will be required before the Conference commences so that printed copies can be made available to attendees.