2017 HSS Annual Meeting


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

Preliminary Program

Meeting Hotel

Travel Grants

Dependent Care

Meeting Registration

Travel Information


Info for Publishers

Future & Past Meetings


Preliminary Program

The preliminary program for the 2017 HSS Meeting can be viewed here. All participants will soon receive instructions on how to make changes to their papers/presentations.

Session Chairs Needed: We are in need of chairs for several sessions. If you are interested in serving as chair for a session, please search the preliminary program for “TBD.” Send your preferred sessions to info@hssonline.org. If you have more than one session you are interested in chairing, please include all of them in your email, in case your first preference has already been filled.

Please note that 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.

Please email any questions to info@hssonline.org.

Meeting Registration

Meeting registration can be completed at this link.

Early registration rates are valid through September 1, 2017 and are listed below.

Regular Student Low-Income One-Day
HSS Members $175 $40 $105 $100
Non-Members $235 $95 $120 $110


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. If you are a graduate student interested in volunteering at the meeting, please email volunteer@hssonline.org.

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

Rates for hotel rooms at the Sheraton Centre are $169 CAD/night for a single or double, $199 CAD/night for a triple, and $229 CAD/night for a quad. Club level rooms are also available upon request for $229 CAD/night for a single/double. Please note that these prices do not include applicable taxes and fees (currently 16%).

You can book a room at the Sheraton Centre at this link. The group rate for rooms is available until October 9, 2017.

Please note: A credit card is required to reserve a room in the meeting block, and you will be charged a deposit equal to one night’s stay. A full refund of the deposit will be given to cancellations received until 72 hours prior to arrival.

Once again, we have a room block for graduate students with a discounted rate of $150 CAD/night plus taxes. To book a room in the grad student room block, please email info@hssonline.org. Only HSS members will be considered for the grad student room block through September 5. After that date, any remaining rooms can be booked by any graduate students.

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!


The HSS is sponsoring its 4th annual THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) on Sunday, November 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for anyone either doing or considering a project involving digital technology. People of all experience levels are welcome — newbies as well as experienced coders. The goal is to interact, try out new applications, ask questions, give advice, and learn.

This is an “unconference,” which means that the participants own the conference: the schedule is mostly organized by attendees. It is highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of the participants. We’ll have two keynote sessions–Charles Pence (Louisiana State University) and John Stewart (University of Oklahoma)–as well as lightning talks and full sessions for discussing, playing with, or learning new technologies. When you register, you will have the opportunity to propose themes and topics.

See more about THATCamps here, and then go to hss2017.thatcamp.org to see the tentative schedule and to register. We are limiting participation to about 50 people, and participants are welcome to come-and-go as needed to attend other HSS sessions. Some food and refreshments will be provided, including a light lunch. This THATCamp is wholly sponsored by HSS. This year, the camp is organized by Kathleen Sheppard, Danielle Picard, and Stephen Weldon.

Travel Grants

There are two sets of travel grants for the 2017 HSS Meeting. Grants are available for graduate students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs.

NSF Travel Grants – Grants sponsored by the National Science Foundation are available to those at U.S. institutions and U.S. citizens at institutions outside of the U.S. To apply for an NSF travel grants, please go to this site. Please note that the deadline for applications is September 18, 2017.

HSS Travel Grants – These grants are for those individuals who are not eligible for the NSF travel grants (i.e., non-U.S. citizens at institutions outside of the U.S.). To apply for one of these travel grants, please complete the form at this site. The deadline for applications is September 18, 2017.

Please do not apply for both travel grants. Doing so will jeopardize your eligibility for both.

Dependent Care Grants

The History of Science Society is offering a limited number of grants of up to two hundred dollars to assist delegates who require additional dependent care during the meeting. Applications may submitted at this page. Applications need to be submitted no later than September 25, 2017.

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

The publisher’s brochure for the 2017 HSS Meeting can be downloaded here.

Please email any questions to info@hssonline.org.

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


Airport Transportation

All airport transportation options have accessible access, and both airports offer pre-arranged mobility assistance via your air carrier:

Public Transit

  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)’s closest subway station is Osgoode Station, on the Yonge-University Line. It is accessible. The hotel is a two minute walk from the Osgoode Station.
  • The TTC also offers  Wheel-Trans as door-to-door paratransit service. Contact 416.393.4111 for more information.


  • Dignity Transportation Inc. 416-398-2222 www.dignitytransportation.com  Dignity Transportation offers various wheelchair accessible transportation services, including vans, sedans and limousines, in the Toronto and GTA area.
  • uberWAV A wheelchair accessible option for Uber, in partnership with Dignity Transportation. To request an Uber WAV vehicle, you will need to download the Uber app from your device’s app store. More information is available at https://newsroom.uber.com/canada/uberwav/.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Transit Inc. 416-884-9898 www.wheelchairtransit.com Provides service throughout the Greater Toronto Area as well as flat rate service to destinations across Southern Ontario

Equipment Rentals

A variety of accessibility related equipment is available from:

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

There are a number of accessible parking stalls both for vans and cars.

Most areas of the hotel are fully accessible to guests with disabilities, and the Sheraton is committed to following the Accessibilty for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. See http://www.sheratontoronto.com/AODA; for a full description of such facilities and services and for any further contact information please see http://m.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/features/accessibility.html?propertyID=271&language=en_US&localeCode=en_US.

Further Notes

A site providing in-depth reviews of the physical environments of Toronto venues, such as restaurants, can be found at http://www.accessto.ca/

http://accessnow.me/ AccessNow uses crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of various locations around the world, including Toronto, on an interactive map.

Attendees of the HSS 2017 meeting who wish to request additional services, such as specialized or priority seating, assistance in wheeling long distances, or alternative formats of written material are asked to indicate this in the notes field when they register for the conference. This will help the Society arrange for their needs.


For childcare and babysitting during the meeting, Tourism Toronto has suggested three options:

Due to the generosity of our members, the HSS offers grants of up to $200 to help offset dependent-care costs. To apply, please click here. The application deadline is 25 Sept 2017.

Toronto skyline photo credit: Taxiarchos228