Videos of HSS 2019 Plenary and Paris Lecture

🎥 Plenary Session: Getting Engaged: Ways of Being an Engaged Historian of Science

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Janskerk, Utrecht, the Netherlands


  • Benjamin Franta
  • Edna Bonhomme
  • Jopppe van Driel
  • Sheila Jasanoff

Organized by Lissa Roberts

🎥 Elizabeth Paris Public Engagement Lecture: In Europe

Friday, 26 July 2019
Railway Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands


  • 🎹 Susanna Bloem
  • Jeroen van Dongen
New Issue of Isis (Sept 2019)

🔔 New Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society

🗓 Vol. 110, No. 3 | Sep 2019


Cover of Isis Volume 110, Number 3, September 2019. Word Map

HSS Council Early Career Representative – Call for Nominations and Voting Information

Beginning in 2020, the History of Science Society council will include an early career representative (ECR), serving a three year term (2020-2023). The successful candidate will represent graduate student and early career interests, provide an early career scholar’s perspective to other council members, and keep the early career and graduate community abreast of relevant HSS policies and initiatives. This is a non-voting council position. For more information about HSS council, please see here.

The HSS Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) is facilitating the call for nominations for this position and subsequent election. All graduate students and early career members of HSS in good standing are members of GECC and eligible to vote in this election. You may check your membership status here. Graduate student memberships are $36/year and those who have received their PhD in the last year are eligible for a year of membership a no cost, see here for details. We invite any interested individuals to nominate themselves for this position or have others nominate them.

Interested candidates or those interested in nominating others should keep the following in mind:

  • Candidates must be a graduate student or early career member of HSS in good standing at the time of the election.
  • For the purposes of this position, “early career” is defined as “having received a Ph.D. within the last five years.” Nominees for the position should either a) fit this description when they are nominated (i.e., have received a Ph.D. in the last five years, even if they will be more than five years past graduation by the end of the position term of 2023), or b) be current graduate students who are within a year of completing their degree.
  • Nominees can nominate themselves, or they can be nominated by others. All nominees must be seconded.
  • All candidates are required to write a candidate statement (no more than 300 words), which will be posted on the GECC website
  • This position is not a GECC officership and no current GECC officers are eligible to run.
  • HSS will cover the ECR’s major expenses (registration, transportation, and housing) for HSS annual meetings (New Orleans 2020, Mérida 2021, TBD 2022).

All nominations must be submitted and seconded by November 15, 2019. Voting will take place through the GECC website from November 25 through December 6, 2019. Both nominations and seconds should be submitted via email to Please also email this address with any questions or concerns.

HSS 2019 – Elizabeth Paris Lecture at Railway Museum


📸 Ronald Korsse

Musical Performance

To open the 2019 Elizabeth Paris Engagement Lecture, Susanna Bloem performed, “Composing Human Time.” Video below.

HSS Amicus curiae policy

The History of Science Society does not endorse or submit amicus curiae briefs on general political or social issues. There are, however, times when issues arise that affect scholars in our discipline, or historical scholarship on science, that demand our consideration. If the Executive Committee believes the Society should join an action, it will make a recommendation to Council in the form of a motion. A majority of the Council members must approve the motion for it to be approved.

HSS 2019 – Prize Ceremony, Distinguished Lecture, and Reception

Photography by Martin Hols

HSS 2019 – Plenary Session and Opening Reception

Photography by Martin Hols

Propose a New Online Working Group, CHSTM

The Consortium invites proposals for new online working groups focusing on specialized topics in the history of science, technology or medicine. Groups are hosted through the Consortium’s website. Participation will be promoted among the Consortium’s members, fellows and larger community. Individuals or groups can participate from anywhere via video conference.

Each Consortium working group meets monthly to discuss works-in-progress and other literature. Working groups foster a collegial and challenging environment for leading and emerging scholars to work in small groups on specialized topics. For information on our current working groups, please click here.

Proposals should identify at least six scholars committed to attending between four and eight monthly meetings during the 2019-2020 academic year, and should include a one-page abstract on the scope and purpose of the proposed working group as well as brief biographical statements from one to three scholars who will serve as conveners. Proposals should indicate whether the group is part of, or arises from, a larger project, conference session, or other collaboration.

Applications are due no later than August 17, 2019. To submit a proposal, please click here. Please email with any questions regarding working group proposals.

July 2019 Newsletter

The July 2019 Newsletter is now available online and as a PDF.

Title page from the 2019 July Newsletter