European Society for the History of Science

Biennial Conference 2018

in conjunction with the

British Society for the History of Science

London, 14-17 September

Theme: Unity and Disunity


The next biennial conference of the European Society for the History of Science will be held in London from 14 to 17 September. The core days will be the Saturday and Sunday.

The meeting is being organised by the British Society for the History of Science, with the active collaboration of the Department of Science and Technology Studies of University College London and the Science Museum.

The meeting will be based primarily in the Institute of Education of University College London, but sessions will also be held at the Royal Institution and the Science Museum. The IoE is a Grade II* listed building designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and is ideally laid out to manage a meeting of the size of the ESHS. The other two venues are easily accessible by a short journey on the underground (the Piccadilly line links all three sites).

Since at least the seventeenth century London has been one of Europe’s, indeed one of the world’s leading cities for science, engineering and medicine. The city is home to many internationally leading learned societies (such as the Royal Society of London, the Royal Institution, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Geological Society and the Linnean Society), as well as major museums (such as the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the British Museum and Royal Museums Greenwich), libraries and archives (the British Library, Wellcome Collections, Senate House Library), medical colleges (Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Surgeons), Engineering Institutions (the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) and higher education institutions for teaching and research (University College London, King’s College London, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London). Virtually all of these organisations possess historically significant collections. To frame the core days of the meetings, visits will be arranged to a selection of these sites, as well as walking tours of scientific London.

17 December 2017 Submission of sessions proposal closes 23.59GMT
18 December 2017 Submission of individual paper proposals opens
31 January 2018 Acceptance/rejection of session proposals announced
28 February 2018 Submission of individual papers proposals closes at 23.59GMT
30 April 2018 Acceptance/rejection of individual paper proposals announced
1 May 2018 Draft programme published and opening of registration
29 June 2018 Early bird registration closes
30 July 2018 Final deadline for registration
31 July 2018 Draft final programme issued
15 August 2018 Publication of final programme
Visa Information

For those attending the meeting from outside the European Union, a visa permitting entry into Britain may be needed. For details please see If a formal letter of invitation is required please contact who will provide one. Please leave sufficient time (at least three months) to obtain a visa.