Call for Papers

NETWORKING IN SCIENCE: THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE Ermoupolis of Syros, Greece July 6-9, 2007

The Commission “Women in Science” of the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science is organizing a conference to honor the 25th anniversary of the Commission’s establishment. The venue is the Ermoupolis Seminars in Syros, a Cycladic island in Greece. The Ermoupolis Seminars constitute an important institution in Greece. For the last 23 years they have been organized the National Hellenic Research Foundation <” target=”_new”>> in collaboration to the Scientific Foundation of Cyclades. The seminars take place at the historical building of the Town Hall of Cyclades and the Industrial Museum of Ermoupolis, the capital of Syros. The commission’s meeting is held from the 6th to the 9th of July, 2007.

The conference explores the importance of networking in science from a gender perspective. It is indubitable that networks play an important role in the development of science. Exchange of knowledge and expertise between scientists of several countries and universities stand on the top of their agenda. Parallel to this runs the importance of belonging to the “right” networks for the development of one’s own scientific career. Historically participation in professional organisations and other scientific networks have been long ago recognized as the most essential part in the advancement of science. However, given the marginal position of women in science it is interesting to explore the role of gender in networking in science. In its 1999 Communication “Women and science” the European Commission recognised that networks of women scientists have a key role to play. The conference aims to a sociological and historical understanding of the role of scientific networks to women’s professional careers and the role of gender to the establishment and maintaining of scientific networks.

Abstracts of contributed papers are due February 28, 2007. You could send your abstract either electronically or via mail to

Dr. Annette Vogt, President of the Commission Women in Science of the DHS/IUHPS Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Boltzmannstr. 44, 14195 Berlin, Germany <mailto:[email protected]>[email protected]


Maria Rentetzi, Secretary of the Commission Women in Science of the DHS/IUHPS Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens Efestion 11, Thisio, Athens 11851, Greece <mailto:[email protected]>[email protected]