2021 HSS Annual Meeting

2021 HSS Annual Meeting
Joint Meeting with SHOT
18-21 November 2021

The 2021 History of Science Society meeting will be held jointly with the Society for the History of Technology on November 18-21, 2021 online.

We will post more information about the meeting as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan this meeting amidst the uncertainty that you are already familiar with.

The 2021 meeting will be held jointly with the Society for the History of Technology. Registrants to either meeting will be able to attend sessions in both meetings, and there will be numerous sessions included in both programs.

Preliminary Meeting Program

The preliminary program for the 2021 HSS Meeting is now available here. Please note that some aspects of the meeting are subject to change. If you are on the program and need to make a correction, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org.

Thank you to all who submitted proposals for the 2021 Meeting. Notifications have been sent out regarding all submissions. Please note that session organizers are responsible for contacting their session participants about their session’s status. If you are a session organizer or submitted a contributed paper but haven’t received a notification, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org.

Meeting Registration

Registration is now open! You can register for the online (virtual) annual meeting here.

Online Registration Pricing:
Member ($200)
Non-Member ($330)
Student ($65)
Student Non-Member ($105)

As the meeting has moved online, the pricing for onsite and online remain equal and interchangeable. If you purchased onsite you will be transferred to online.

Travel Grants

The deadline for applications both travel grants was 1 October 2021. HSS is no longer accepting applications.


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 morgan@hssonline.org.

COVID-19 Information

At this time, the HSS/SHOT Joint Meeting will be held in-person, with some sessions slated for an online component. Any updates will be posted here.

Here are some precautions that we will utilize at the annual meeting. Currently, these precautions mirror those in place for all New Orleans indoor activities. We will continue to update the community as the situation evolves.

Vaccinations: Participating attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination. For individuals who are not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the meeting will be required.

Masks: HSS/SHOT will institute a mask mandate at the meeting for all attendees, staff, and hotel staff at all indoor events.

Note that if COVID-19 makes it impossible for us to meet in person we will shift to a completely online meeting.

These sites can provide some additional information specific to New Orleans:

Current COVID guidelines in New Orleans

New Orleans COVID Tracker

Recommendations for Inclusion

The History of Science Society is committed to hosting meetings that minimize barriers to participation by all attendees. To this end, Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware) has created a set of recommendations for making meetings more inclusive.

These recommendations, though not comprehensive, do provide concrete suggestions as well as an opportunity for further discussion in our community.

Dependent Care

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.

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.

Info for Publishers

Publishers and other organizers who are interested in sponsorships, displaying books, etc. should contact Kerry Kerr at kerry@hssonline.org.

Future History of Science Society Meetings

2022 – Chicago, Illinois, USA
2023 – Portland, Oregon, USA

Previous Meetings
2020 – HSS/SHOT Virtual Forum
2019 – Utrecht, The Netherlands
2018 – Seattle, Washington, USA
2017 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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