2016 HSS Annual Meeting

2016 HSS Annual Meeting Atlanta, Georgia 3–6 November 2016


The 2016 History of Science Society meeting took place November 3–6, 2016 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. For those who attended, we hope that you found the meeting stimulating and enjoyable, and we invite all to the 2017 HSS Meeting in Toronto, Ontario.

The webpage for the 2017 HSS Meeting will be posted in January 2017. The call for papers will also go out in January. Please watch the HSS front page for news about the call.

This page will be kept for archival purposes, but will not be updated. If you have any questions about the 2016 Meeting not answered here, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org.

Meeting Program

The program for the 2016 HSS Meeting can be found here. Please send any corrections to info@hssonline.org.


Meeting Registration

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.

Refund requests will be honored through September 30. After that date, we cannot guarantee a refund; requests will be reviewed after the meeting.

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 interested in doing this, please email volunteer@hssonline.org.

Meeting Hotel Information

The 2016 HSS Annual Meeting will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta.

210 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States
(1)(404) 659-1400

The hotel registration site for the 2016 HSS Meeting is now open. Please go here to reserve your rooms. Room rates are $169/night (double occupancy), $201.04/night after taxes. The deadline for booking at the meeting rate is 5:00 PM (EDT) on 12 October 2016.

Once again, we have a room block for graduate students with a special rate of $89.00/night plus taxes (~$108/night total). The grad student room block is currently full, and we are keeping a waiting list. To add your name to the waiting list, please email info@hssonline.org. Only student members of the HSS are eligible to book rooms in the grad student block before September 12, 2016. Any rooms still available after the 12th may be reserved by any graduate student.

Please Note: If you are considering booking alternative accommodations, be aware that there are, according to Wikipedia, more than 70 roads in the Atlanta area with the name “Peachtree.” Make sure you check carefully the location of any accommodations in reference to the meeting hotel.

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


Atlanta is serviced by Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

From ATL: You can take the train (MARTA) or take a taxi.

  • MARTA: Go to the Airport Station (west of the Atrium in the Domestic Terminal). Take the MARTA train (gold line) northbound to Doraville Station. Ride to the Peachtree Center Station stop. You can buy a round-trip (2 ride) ticket (Breeze ticket) in the MARTA station for $6.00 ($2.50 for each ride, $1.00 for the ticket). Once you exit the Peachtree Center Station, walk north on Peachtree St NW toward Ellis St NE. Turn left onto Andrew Young International Blvd NW; the hotel is on the left. Travel time is approximately 2o minutes.
  • Taxis: Taxis are located in the Yellow Bus aisle outside of the Ground Transportation Center. A set fee of $30 takes you from the airport to downtown Atlanta. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes.



Valet parking at the Westin Peachtree Plaza is $20 for 4 hours, $25 for 8 hours, and $32 for 24 hours.


The HSS is sponsoring its 3rd annual THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) on Sunday 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 organized by those who show up on the morning of the event. It is highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of the participants. We’ll have lightning talks, as well as full sessions for discussing, playing with, or learning new technologies.

See more about THATCamps here, and then go to THATCamp HSS 2016 to see the tentative schedule and to register. We are limiting participation to about 50 people. Some food and refreshments will be provided, including a light lunch.

Travel Grants


Travel grant reimbursement forms are now available. The form for the NSF-funded travel grants is available here. The form for the HSS-funded international travel grants has been emailed to the recipients. All reimbursement materials must arrive in the HSS Executive Office by 12 December 2016.

The first set of grants are funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and can be used to cover costs associated with traveling to and from Atlanta, as well as registration. Only U.S. citizens and individuals at U.S. institutions are eligible for these grants. To be considered, applicants must be a part of the meeting program.

The second set of grants are for international attendees. Only those who are ineligible for the NSF-funded grants may apply for one of the International travel grants. Please do not apply to both.


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. Applications may be submitted here.

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

There are several opportunities for publishers and other organizations to publicize their books and other works. The book exhibit will be hosted on the 7th floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

The Exhibitor’s Guidelines, which includes information for the book exhibit, collective book exhibit, and packet inserts, can be downloaded here. Please email any reservation forms or questions to Natalie Boone at natalie@hssonline.org.

Explore Atlanta

You also might be interested to check out Robin Morris’s article on Atlanta’s tech scene on the American Historical Association’s website  here, as well as Daniel LaChance’s article on the history of Atlanta’s iconic Piedmont Park here.

Future History of Science Society Meetings

9-12 November 2017 – Toronto, Ontario
1-4 November 2018 – Seattle, Washington (joint meeting with PSA)

Previous History of Science Society Meetings

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

Atlanta skyline photo credit: Anish Patel