Conference: Call for Abstracts

11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry

Call for abstracts

In summer 2017, the fortieth anniversary of the creation of the Working Party (WP) on History of Chemistry of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) will be celebrated. The general aim of the conferences organised by the WP is to facilitate communication between historically interested chemists and historians of chemistry, and to gather the community on a regular basis. Previous conferences organised by the WP were held in Rostock 2011 (Pathways of Knowledge), Uppsala 2013 (Chemistry in Material Culture), and Aveiro 2015 (Chemical Biography in the 21st Century).

The 11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry (11th ICHC) will take place from 29th August to 2nd September, 2017 in Trondheim, a city founded in 997 which served as Norway’s capital during the Viking Age. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which has been the country’s centre for technology education since 1910, will host the conference. The conference is sponsored by NTNU, the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Chemical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

The conference programme will include scientific sessions, key-note lectures, the WP business meeting, as well as social events such as excursions, receptions, and a banquet. For more information about preparing your submission and the conference presentation, please consult the proposal guidelines.

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Member Book Announcement

Commission member Soňa Štrbáňova, Centre for the History of Sciences and Humanities, Czech Republic, is pleased to announce the publication of her book, Holding Hands with Bacteria: The Life and Work of Marjory Stephenson, in the series, SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry (Springer-Verlag, 2016).


From the book’s website: “[Stephenson] was one of the first scientists to use microorganisms as models for research into cellular biochemical processes and their regulation…. Štrbáňová outlines Stephenson’s constant battle with practices of undeclared discrimination…. [T]he life of Marjory Stephenson is of interest to biochemists, molecular biologists, historians of the chemical and biological sciences, and women scientists of all generations.”

Heroic journeys? Networks of women scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century

Commission President Maria Rentetzi is presenting the keynote at this research workshop in Brussels on 16th June: “The power of the ephemeral, unstable and informal networks of women in science.” See

Young Belgian scientists – men and women – ready for their journey to the United States, 1920.
Young Belgian scientists – men and women – ready for their journey to the United States, 1920.

Agnodike research travel fellowship

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in Science, Technology and Medicine of the DHST offers biannually a research travel fellowship up to 1000€ to scholars who are either in their final stages of their doctoral research or in the early stages of their post-doctoral research but still within four years of receiving the Ph.D. The research fellowship named by the first female physician and midwife in ancient Greece (4th c. B.C.) is intended to recognize and support the work of scholars who are in the early stages of their careers and assist those who need to travel to archives in order to complete their research.

The Commission requires an application consisting of a cover letter, a research proposal, CV, and two letters of recommendation, one being from the PhD advisor. The awardee of the research grant will receive an invitation to present her/his work in the closest forthcoming symposium organized by the Commission. All applications must be submitted no later than May 31, 2014. The applications are considered by a Committee which gives preference to specific and clearly described projects.

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in Science, Technology and Medicine was founded in 1981 by the General Assembly of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. The aim of the Commission is to promote communication among scholars working on women’s history in science, technology and medicine and also to foster research on the relation of gender and science, technology, and medicine. One of the Commission’s tasks is to hold meetings between Congresses of the IUHPS/DHST and to form symposia at subsequent International Congresses. For more information please visit our website or “like” our Facebook page,

Questions and submissions to : Maria Rentetzi and Donald Opitz

MRC Centenary Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

As part of the MRC Centenary, the latest in the series of Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will be held at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) on Monday 25th November 2013.

Would you like to learn how to edit Wikipedia?
Would you like to help improve the Wikipedia articles of your scientific heroines?
Would you like to join the debate on women’s experiences in science and how under-representation of women can be tackled?
If so, this is the event for you!

There are 20 places available at the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop (10.30 am – 6.00 pm) where participants will be taught how to edit Wikipedia and will have access to resources from the MRC, the Royal Society, the Wellcome Collection and the LMB in order to create and improve articles about MRC-funded and other female scientists.  The workshop is open to people who are new to Wikipedia as well as experienced Wikipedia editors.

There are 200 places available for the Women in Science panel discussion (1.00 – 2.30 pm), led by Mariann Bienz FRS from the LMB and Nicola Hannam from the Science Council.  Come along to discuss how women can be better represented in science and hear how eminent female scientists’ careers have flourished.

Tea and cake will be served after the discussion.

Attendance is free, but booking through EventBrite is essential:
Judging by previous events, places will go quickly!

Any editors who would like to join in remotely should register online at the Wikipedia event page below and can communicate with the LMB editors via twitter: @wikimediauk, #WISWIKI.
For more information:

LMB News story:
Wikipedia event page:

This event is collaboration between, the Medical Research Council, Wikimedia UK, the Royal Society and Cambridge AWiSE.

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