Agnodike Research Travel Fellowship – 2016 Competition

Agnodice_engravingThe Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine offers biannually a research travel fellowship of 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 PhD. The Agnodike, named after the first female physician and midwife in ancient Greece (4th c. BCE), is intended exclusively for transportation and accommodation expenses incurred by early career scholar who are conducting research in archives anywhere in the world. To be eligible, applicants must be in the early stages of their careers—within 4 years of receiving their PhDs. Eligibility is independent of gender, nationality, ethnicity or the location of the applicant’s academic institution or site of research. The Agnodike is offered globally but only on topics concerning women and gender studies in history of science, technology and medicine.  

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7th International Conference of the ESHS in Prague, 22 – 24 September 2016

ESHSDear Colleagues,
The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in HSTM encourages proposals for symposium focusing on women and gender for the ESHS Conference to be held in Prague next year. Read this announcement for details.
One way such symposia ideas might be generated and shared is through our moderated listserv. To post to it, send your message to
Regards, Don Opitz

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In memoriam Éva Vámos

eva_vamosDear all,

with deep sadness we have to announce that our former President Prof. Dr. Éva Katalin Vámos passed away on July 25, 2015 in Budapest.

Here you’ll find the obituary, and I have to thank Sona Strbanova and Ida Stamhuis for their help. I’m sure,  Éva Vámos will always be in our memories.
With best wishes,
Annette B. Vogt

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25th ICHST in Rio de Janeiro 23-29 July 2017

RioICHSTDear Colleagues,
The Website of the 25th ICHST, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, 23-29
July 2017 is now online at:
The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in HSTM encourages proposals for symposium focusing on women and gender.

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New publication: Akademi og industri

9788245018288New publication by Annette Lykknes and Joakim Ziegler Gusland, in Norwegian.

Akademi og industri forteller historien om kjemiutdanning og -forskning ved NTNU gjennom hundre år. Siden etablering av Kjemiavdelingen ved Norges tekniske høgskole (NTH) i 1910 har målet vært at kjemikerne i Trondheim skal drive vitenskap til gavn for landets industri. I dag består NTNUs fagmiljøer i kjemi av instituttene for kjemi, kjemisk prosessteknologi, materialteknologi og bioteknologi. På det meste eksisterte det hele elleve kjemiinstitutter ved NTNUs forgjengere: NTH og Norges lærerhøgskole i Trondheim (NLHT)/Den allmennvitenskapelige høgskolen (AVH).

Boka studerer fagmiljøene i en kjemifaglig, samfunnsmessig, kulturell og industrihistorisk sammenheng, fra etablering gjennom vekst, krise og to verdenskriger til ekspansjon, lærerutdanning, oljealder, den instrumentelle revolusjon, studenteksplosjon, kvinnenes inntog og sammenslåing.

Annette Lykknes (f. 1974) er førsteamanuensis i kjemididaktikk ved Program for lærerutdanning ved NTNU.

Joakim Ziegler Gusland (f. 1981) er stipendiat i teknologihistorie ved Institutt for historiske studier ved NTNU.

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Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge (Prague June 4-6)

photo by Edgar BaranyThe programme of the conference “Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge” of the Commission on Women and Gender Studies of the DHST is now available on the webpage of the conference:

Venue: Praha Karolinum, Ovocný trh 5, 116 36 Prague 1, Czech Republic, on 4 – 6 June 2015.

The Conference will be held  under the auspices of the Rector of Charles University, prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc.

For registration: REGISTER HERE

The call for proposals is now closed.

Contact: Milada Sekyrková,
See the details of the scientific programme of the conference HERE.
Further information is available on the website of the conference:

Agnodike Research Travel Fellowship 2014-2015

Agnodice_engravingWe are pleased to announce the 2014-15 recipients of the Agnodike Research Travel Fellowship, awarded by the Commission on Women and Gender Studies in Science, Technology and Medicine. The names of the fellows are Olivia Fiorilli, Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Katherine McFadden.

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Gender Summit 4 in Brussels: June 30 and July 1 2014

GS4Europe2014_V5_wSlogan_RAfter expanding to North America in 2013, this year the Gender Summit returns to Brussels. The Gender Summit 4 – Europe 2014 (GS4EU) will, again, bring together experts from research, industry and policy to consider gender research evidence and the ways of improving the quality and impact of research and innovation through the inclusion of gender in science knowledge making and application. The Programme will focus Horizon 2020, the current €80bn funding programme of the European Commission. GS4EU’s Themes and Tracks will focus on the cross-cutting role of gender and how gender can be integrated within the different calls, through actions enhancing gender equality and through inclusion in research and innovation content. The GS4EU provides an early opportunity for H2020 applicants to explore with experts how gender can be best accommodated in their proposals.



New Materials History Research Group at CHF


The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia, USA, is excited to announce the construction of a new research group on the history of matter, materials, and culture.

We seek applications from historians of science and technology, science studies researchers, museum professionals, and public historians working in these areas.

The Fellowship period is expected to last for up to three years (considerations for shorter periods will be made) beginning
in the Fall of 2014. We welcome applications from researchers of all rank. CHF anticipates hiring 3-5 research fellows to establish this group.

We have a particular interest in the following areas of research:

The Material Culture of the Laboratory

We are interested in research that examines, among other potential topics:

  • The relationship between tools, equipment, and instrumentation and the work of science
  • The effect of new instruments on scientific practice and knowledge making
  • The introduction of new materials into the laboratory
  • The relationship between the material makeup of the laboratory and the culture of those that populate it

The Sciences and Technologies of Material Culture

We are interested in research that examines, among other potential topics:

  • The translation of everyday perception into scientific and engineering terms
  • The scientific understanding of material performance and functionalities
  • The imitation of natural materials by artificial ones
  • The driving forces of material innovation
  • The development from matter to the molecular to the material

Projects fitting within, or connecting, these areas of study are highly desirable.

Research Fellows joining CHF will be expected to:

  • Participate in the overall construction of this new research group through the pursuit of their own original research;
  • Coordinate with the research group and CHF professional staff to create networks of collaboration on these topics extending beyond CHF;
  • Work with CHF professional staff to identify and co-construct outreach and programming activities building on a utilizing their researc;
  • Work with CHF professional staff to identify opportunities to grow and maintain the research group beyond its initial phase; and
  • Contribute to the overall research community at CHF through regular participation in the activities of our broader community of fellows.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information for 2 references, and a research prospectus of approximately 500 words to:

Jody A. Roberts, Ph.D.
Center for Contemporary History and Policy
P: +1.215.873.8281
F: +1.215.629.5281
*Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street  .  Philadelphia, PA 19106 . U.S.A.<>

CfP: Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge

photo by Edgar BaranyThe Commission on Women and Gender Studies of the DHST calls for papers for the conference Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge which will held in Prague on 4-6 June 2015.

Link to the conference webpage

During the last two centuries, the access of women to higher education has become much easier in most developed countries. At the same time the significant transformations in science and technology have also affected the participation of women in the scientific enterprise as knowledge producers, science managers, and educators. Especially in the last three decades, given the changes in our perception of the role of science and technology in society, scholars have explored different sites of knowledge production and have highlighted the changing roles of both men and women in the sciences.

The task of the conference is to map the historical path of women from equal opportunities in education to the position of knowledge producers, science managers and educators in the light of the gendered transformations of the sciences in the 20th and 21st centuries. We would like to explore especially the following themes preferably from a historical perspective:

  • Paths of women to equal opportunities in education and tenure track jobs in different cultural and political environments.
  • Differences in the position of female and male scientists in cooperative research teams and patterns of collaboration.
  • Outstanding women scientists and engineers: authors of scientific discoveries and technical inventions; team-leaders; scientific managers.
  • Transformations in science and society and gendered effects in knowledge production.
  • Changes in science and society that reshaped the academia, working cultures and career paths of both men and women
  • Ways that the globalization of the scientific knowledge production affected women’s claims to knowledge in various parts of the world
  • Opportunities and risks in science, technology and society in terms of producing gender sensitive knowledge.

Date: 4–6 June 2015

Venue: Praha Karolinum, Ovocný trh 5, 116 36 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Conference schedule:

30. 9. 2014 – deadline for submitting panels and declaration of interest

15. 12. 2014 – deadline for submitting papers

31. 1. 2015 – final programme

Registration fees

  • Early bird full: 75 EUR until 31 December 2014
  • Early bird student: 35 EUR until 31 December 2014
  • Regular full:90 EUR until 15 May 2015
  • Regular student: 50 EUR until 15 May 2015
  • Onsite full: 95 EUR
  • Onsite student: 55 EUR

Information about payment options will be provided at a later date.

Call for papers: 6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science

ESHS_Logo6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science

Lisbon, 4-6 September 2014

Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine

Conference website

The 6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science will be held in Lisbon, 4-6 September 2014 and is organized by the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology(CIUHCT),a research centre associated with the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon.

The theme of the conference is “Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine”.

Communicating science, technology and medicine has always been central to the scientific and technological enterprise, but across ages and spaces agents, audiences, means, aims and agendas behind this complex process have varied considerably. The interpretations put forward by historians of science, technology and medicine have also changed considerably. Historians have been compelled recently to move away from former historiographical categories opposing creative producers to passive recipients and consumers, and contrasting the production of knowledge with its transmission. The vertical model of diffusion has been superseded by a horizontal conception of circulation and appropriation of science, technology and medicine, which gives voice to various actors and to their different, often contradictory, agendas. Within this framework, practices of science, technology and medicine appear as involving in an essential way forms of communication, to such an extent that the distinction between the making and the communicating of science, technology and medicine is ultimately blurred.

The 6th ESHS aims at stimulating historical and historiographical studies and debates on the communication of science, technology and medicine along the following sub-thematic clusters.

1) Human and non-human agents: experts, amateurs, and institutions;

2) Networks of circulation and communication of knowledge;

3) Means of communication: correspondence, papers, books, textbooks, popularization outlets, newspapers, radio, theatre, films, cartoons and internet;

4) Spaces and modes of communication: conferences, classrooms, public demonstrations, exhibitions, instruments, collections and museums;

5) Audiences: lay and specialized audiences, consumers;

6) Rhetorical devices;

7) Communication in the European Periphery;

8) Communication in a globalized world: challenges and constraints; ideology of communication, hegemonic values and commercialized science, technology and medicine

Deadlines  (NEW)

Symposia Submission (theme and rationale of symposium and abstract of papers) – 10 Jan 2014
Decision regarding accepted symposia – 10 February 2014
Abstract Submission for stand-alone papers)– 10 March 2014
Decision regarding accepted papers – 10 April 2014

Call for Papers: “Science as Profession” – 26th International Baltic Conference in the History of Science

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERACall for Papers: “Science as Profession” – 26th International Baltic Conference in the History of Science

21st – 22nd August 2014, Helsinki

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 31st March, 2014
Contact e-mail for information:
Information online at:


How did science come to be a profession – and how were careers in science structured before professionalization in its modern sense? What kind of interaction does the formation of institutional structures have with the process of professionalization? What has the role of the public image of science and scientists been in various historical contexts? How has the changing gender ratio contributed to the professionalization of scientists? What kind of a role have non-professionals played in development of science? Have heretics added their valuable contributions or rather disturbed the “normal development” of the scientific world?

Nearly one hundred years ago, in 1919 Max Weber published his article “Wissenschaft als Beruf”, Science as a Vocation. Indeed, scientists and engineers play a visible role in our society, and yet the desired ways to educate, enrol and employ these experts are still as much in constant negotiation in Western societies as they were in Weber’s time. Time has come to make sense of the corresponding developments in the countries of the Baltic Rim and beyond. Therefore, the 26th Baltic Conference in History of Science will focus on the multiple questions concerning the past processes of professionalization and career-building of scientists and engineers. The above questions and many other related aspects in their historical contexts will be discussed in close cooperation with the philosophers who add to their conceptual understanding.

The Science as Profession -Conference will take place from the 21st to 22nd of August, 2014 in Helsinki at the premises of the University of Helsinki. We welcome papers which address any relevant questions asked above from the point of view of history of natural and social sciences, mathematics, arts and humanities, technology and medicine as well as philosophy of science and science studies. The choice of topics is neither limited to any geographical area, although special interest will of course be paid to developments in countries in the Baltic Sea area.

The tradition of the Baltic Conferences on the History of Science is long, the first conference taking place in Riga in 1958. All 25 previous events have taken place in the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania ( This is the first time when the Baltic Conference in History of Science will be held outside of the borders of these three countries, and you are heartily welcome to Helsinki!

We welcome abstracts of 300-500 words to be sent by 31st March, 2014 to the organizing committee. The language of the abstracts as well as the papers is English. A selection of papers presented in this conference will be published in the Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum. The registration form which will be used for submitting abstracts is available at the conference website:

The conference is co-organized by: Finnish Society for the History of Science and Learning (head organizer), University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, Society for the History of Technology, The Finnish Historical Society, Philosophical Society of Finland and The Baltic Association for the History and Philosophy of Science.

Call for Papers: Women’s Worlds Congress 2014

Charminar,_Hyderabad,_Andhra_PradeshThe 12th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Women-Call for Paper, Panel and Workshop Abstracts

The University of Hyderabad is organising the 12th Women1s World Congress, 2014, in Hyderabad, India from 17th to 22nd August, 2014.

Women’s Worlds Congress (WWC) is an International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, held every three years. The focus of the congress is gender research and interdisciplinary scholarship. This congress is initiated by Worldwide Organization of Women’s Studies WOWS. We invite Individual papers, Panels and Workshops that engage with the Conference Theme “Gender in a Changing World” from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The various sub-themes to choose from are as follows,

  1. Gender & Culture
  2. Gender & Work
  3. Gender & Health
  4. Gender & Information Technology
  5. Gender & Science and Technology
  6. Gender, Globalization, Politics and Policy
  7. Gender & Management
  8. Gender &Law
  9. Gender & Violence

We encourage Panels and Workshop in the following areas also:

  1. Women Entrepreneurs
  2. Women’s Health
  3. Women’s Empowerment
  4. Trafficking of Women
  5. Minority Women’s Issues

Please submit your paper abstracts, panel proposals and workshop proposals online to

Individual Paper, abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Panel and Workshop should be no more than 300 words. A proposed panel or workshop should have the names, email add, affiliations of the Participants with a short write up about the theme being presented in the Panel and Workshop.

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Guidelines: Submitting a Workshop and Panel Proposal

The last date for submissions: 31st January, 2014.

Notification of acceptance: on or before 15th February, 2014.

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iCHSTM Women and Gender Studies Commission meeting

university-placeChange in the iCHSTM Women and Gender Studies Commission meeting time

Please note that the time for the Women and Gender Studies Commission business meeting has been scheduled for 09:00am on Friday morning, 26 July, rather than 13:00 that was originally planned. The room for the meeting is in University Place, third floor, room 204.


The Commission organizes 2 symposia at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester

ichstm_logoThe Commission organises two symposia at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester (UK), July 22-28 2013.

Expanding women’s sphere’ explores the way in which women defined their work and role, often within strongly masculine environments – veterinary science, medicine and science. We have recruited speakers to illustrate women’s strategies across varied disciplines. We propose six papers across two sessions, with 15 minutes per paper and 45 minutes for a commentary and a general discussion within each 90 minute session. These papers have a trans-national perspective, mainly focussing on Britain and the USA, but also the activities of British and American women in China, Malaya and West Africa. The first session will examine women’s work in biological and health sciences from the perspective of the USA and the UK and will be followed by a commentary by Rosemary Wall, drawing connections between the three papers. The second session will situate the activities of American and British women working in health and science within an international context, beginning with ideas of public health and educational theory in the USA, followed by American and British incursions into education and practice in Asia and Africa. The session will be completed by a commentary by Rima Apple, linking together the papers in this session and drawing connections with the rest of the symposium.

Homemade Science: Domestic Sites and the Gendering of Knowledge: As a robust area for investigating the production of scientific knowledge, the geography of science has been dominated by places like the field, laboratory, marine station, museum, and civic lecture hall. But scientists among these diverse sites uniformly must retire to one common place: the home. How might our accounting of the geography of knowledge-production shift when we add this fundamental institution to the work-lives of scientists? In what ways did the home provide spatial, material, and social resources for the pursuit of science, and how was “homemade science” produced in perhaps distinctive and yet replicable ways? How might the home have spawned distinctive gender meanings and dynamics in knowledge-production? What were the statuses of domestic sites within broader geographies of science? In this symposium, speakers have been invited to address these questions by examining the status of the domestic production of science in a range of time periods, locations, disciplines, and physical configurations. Individual presentations will pay particular attention to how the gendered meanings and dynamics of scientific work assumed particular forms within domestic settings, and what those forms entailed for scientific outcomes. A commentator for the symposium, as a whole, will draw lessons from the individual cases to suggest how, collectively, the contributions push our historical understanding of the geography of gendered knowledge production.

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