The British Society for the History of Science is delighted to announce our first digital conference, using the social media platform Twitter. This one-day conference on the theme of Global and International Histories of STEM will take place one Wednesday 12th February 2020, and is a great chance to get creative!


We encourage potential speakers to submit an abstract in the form of a Tweet. With a maximum of 280 characters, you may include in your abstract Tweet: hashtags, tagged accounts (e.g. @accountname), emojis and one image.

Your Tweet abstract should be accompanied by:

  • the title of your proposed presentation;
  • your own Twitter handle (e.g. @BSHSNews) – please get in touch with us if you want to take part but have difficulty accessing a Twitter account;
  • a speaker biography (max 100 words);
  • your timezone;
  • the language you would prefer to ‘present’ / Tweet in.

Submissions should be sent with the subject ‘Proposal for BSHS Global Histories Twitter Conference’ to [email protected] The deadline for submission is 17:00 GMT on Monday 2nd December 2019. Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.


Whilst the conference focuses on international narratives, we welcome presentations on other related themes – including the local and the global. Given the international theme, we will endeavor to tweet as many papers as possible in both the original language and English. However, please be aware that our ability to accommodate your language preferences will depend on our recruitment of translators.


This conference has been inspired by the Underpinnings Museum Twitter Conference #UPMTC, organised by Lorraine Smith. You can find out more about their conference: https://underpinningsmuseum.com/archive-twitter-conference-12-01-18/

How will it work?


A ‘paper’ will consist of a thread of 6 – 12 tweets, written in advance

Each ‘paper’ will be tweeted out by our Communications Officer from @BSHSNews at a scheduled time

The ‘presenters’ will be online on their personal account answering questions, promoting discussion, and sharing additional information and resources!

Guidance for Speakers / Further Information

  1. ‘Papers’ will be submitted in advance and tweeted out from BSHS twitter account (@BSHSNews) by the BSHS Communications Officer at a pre-scheduled time
  2. ‘Speakers’ must have access to a public Twitter account in order to reply to questions – this can be a personal or organisational account.
  3. Each ‘Paper’ will consist of a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 tweets.
  4. The tweets in each ‘Paper’ must be numbered (1-12) and include the hashtag #BSHSGlobalHist
  5. Each ‘Paper’ should begin with an introductory tweet, then have 4-10 “body” tweets, and end with a summary tweet
  6. The ‘speaker’ is responsible for ensuring they have the correct copyright attributions and permissions for the material to be posted on Twitter
  7. ‘Speakers’ can include any kind of media in their tweets (including images and gifs) as long as they are suitable for a conference that will be open to all – see our social media guidelines for more information
  8. For accessibility purposes, all media should be accompanied by a description (max 420 characters, see https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/picture-descriptions for more information), and any images which use colour to convey information should use well-contracted colours so that they more easily legible to those who are colour-blind or visually impaired
  9. Whilst use of different media is encouraged, links to extra text explaining the research is not allowed – though ‘Speakers’ are welcome to use their own accounts to expand and share anything during the discussion
  10. ‘Papers’ must be sent to the organisers by 20th January 2020
  11. Each ‘Paper’ will be followed by a fifteen-minute time-slot during which the ‘Speaker’ must be available on their own Twitter account to answer questions and promote discussion