To mark the 2010 BSHS Annual Meeting in Aberdeen, a small display of historic instruments of science was arranged at Marishcal College and, in addition, a few of Patrick Copland’s instruments accompanied a display of historic books at King’s College. An online exhibition of the exhibition captions and instruments is now available.

image of Aberdeen lionsThe BSHS Annual Conference took place at the University of Aberdeen from 22 – 25 July 2010. The conference started late in the afternoon of 22 July with a plenary lecture and reception. The main venue was the Conference Centre at the heart of the sixteenth-century campus of King’s College in Old Aberdeen, with the conference dinner to be held in the impressive Elphinstone Hall.

The programme included parallel themed sessions, plenary lectures, education and outreach activities, an opportunity to explore the rich resources available in Aberdeen for historians of STM and a conference dinner and ceilidh. An inclusive conference package was available. Aberdeen is served by fast and comfortable rail and coach connections to major UK destinations. It has an international airport with regular direct connections to many European destinations as well as UK domestic flights on several low cost carriers. The BSHS coordinated a car-sharing scheme for those wishing to minimise their transport costs.

Queries regarding payment and the registration process should be addressed to [email protected]

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Besides the delights of Old Aberdeen, the city itself is an ideal base for extending your stay and exploring the many scenic and historic attractions in the area, from spectacular mountain and heathland scenery to the castles, stone circles and distilleries for which Aberdeenshire and Moray are famous.

Proposals are welcomed from researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the Society although members will receive a discount on the registration fee. Session proposals should normally consist of three or four papers, with or without a commentator. Sessions will be 90 minutes to 2 hours long. Proposals for alternative types of session (eg. round-table or witness seminar) are strongly encouraged. Please discuss this with us in advance of the Call for Papers deadline: contact bshs2010programme

Enquiries concerning programme should be directed to bshs2010programme

Those relating to the local arrangements should be directed to [email protected].

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