2017 HSS Annual Meeting


2017 HSS Annual Meeting Toronto, Ontario 9-12 November 2017

Preliminary Program


Notifications for organized sessions and contributed papers have been sent. If you have not heard from the HSS Executive Office, please contact us at info@hssonline.org. Decisions on flashtalks will be made soon.

Poster proposals are still being accepted, and all are encouraged to make a submission. Poster proposals can be submitted here.

The preliminary program will be posted here by July 1.

Please email any questions to info@hssonline.org.

Meeting Registration

Meeting registration information will be posted here in the summer of 2017.

All meeting participants are required to register for the meeting. Session organizers are responsible for ensuring that all of the participants in their sessions register. Failing to register will result in removal from the program.

Please note that meeting registrations do not cover the full the cost of the meeting, and the Society must cover the remaining expenses. The higher non-member registration rates reflect the additional expense supported by the HSS. Non-members are encouraged to join the Society and enjoy discounted meeting registration. Click here for more information.

Volunteers: Graduate students may volunteer to work at the meeting, usually at the registration desk, in exchange for free registration at the meeting. Details on volunteering will be posted here in the summer of 2017.

Meeting Hotel Information

The 2017 HSS Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto.

123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9
(1)(416) 361-1000

The hotel registration site will be linked here in summer of 2017. Rates are yet to be finalized and will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Once again, we have a room block for graduate students with a special rate (TBA). Priority for the block will be given to student members of the HSS.

Remember that the HSS does not work with any third-party booking companies. If you are contacted by somebody offering to book rooms for the conference, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org. We recommend making any reservations directly with the hotel.

For the hotel website and information on the surrounding area, maps, directions and hotel services, go here.

Travel Information


Toronto is serviced by Toronto-Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

From YYZ: You can take the train (UP Express) or take a taxi.

  • Train: The UP Express station is located in Terminal 1 next to the Terminal Link Train. Ride to the Union Station stop. You can buy a one-way ticket at the ticket vending machines at the airport for 12.00 CAD. Travel time to Union Station is 25 minutes. From Union Station to the hotel, you can take the subway (3.25 CAD) or walk (approx. 1/2 mile).
    • For the subway, take the Yonge-University Subway (Line 1) to Osgoode (two stops, in the direction of Downsview). You will exit the subway onto University Ave. Just southeast of the subway exit, turn left onto Queen Street. The hotel is one block further, on the right.
    • To walk from Union Station, when you exit the station turn left on Front Street and then turn right on York Street. Follow York Street northwest until it tees into Queen Street. The hotel will be at the corner, on your right.
  • Taxis: Taxi pick-up locations are at Doors C and D (Terminal 1) Door B (Terminal 3 Domestic) and Door F (Terminal 3 International). A set Tariff of 53.00 CAD plus fuel surcharge will take you from the airport to the hotel. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes.



Valet parking at the Sheraton Centre is $50 CAD per day.

FYI: Check out this article about why you shouldn’t just toss your boarding pass into the nearest trash bin after your flight. Apparently they can be very useful to identity thieves!

Travel Grants


Information on travel grants will be posted here once the details have been confirmed.


Dependent Care Grants

The History of Science Society will offer a limited number of grants of up to two hundred dollars to assist delegates who require additional dependent care during the meeting.

The History of Science Society is accepting donations to help support the Dependent Care Grants. Donations can be made as part of meeting registration, or at this link. The HSS thanks all of those who have already given generously to support the Dependent Care Grants.

Information for Publishers


Information for publishers and other exhibitors will be posted here by the end of February.

Explore Toronto

Visiting Toronto

Future History of Science Society Meetings

1-4 November 2018 – Seattle, Washington (joint meeting with PSA)
2019 – Utrecht, Netherlands

Previous History of Science Society Meetings

3–6 November 2016 2016 – Atlanta, GA
22-25 June 2016 – Three Societies Meeting – Edmonton, Alberta (with CSHPS and BSHS)
19-22 November 2015 – San Francisco, CA

6-9 November 2014 – Chicago, IL
21-24 November 2013 – Boston, MA
15-18 November 2012 – San Diego, CA
3-6 November 2011 – Cleveland, OH
4-7 November 2010 – Montreal, QC

Toronto skyline photo credit: Taxiarchos228