2020 annual meeting of the HSS Earth and Environment Forum: Tuesday, October 27, 6:00pm EDT

Dear HSS Earth & Environment Forum Members,

As secretary of the Forum, I would like to announce that our annual meeting this year will take place as part of the monthly meeting of the Earth and Environmental Sciences working group of the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, which has an identical topical focus and a heavily overlapping membership with our group. The meeting will take place virtually on Zoom, on Tuesday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To participate, you need to make sure you have a login account at the Consortium, which is free and easy to set up. Here is the website:

Working Groups | Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Working Groups | Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Working Groups | Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine


Many of you are already among the 225 working group members, but if you are not, we will be happy to have you join to participate in this meeting and any other meetings you wish to attend of the working group. I’m also one of the co-conveners for the group, along with Fritz Davis (also a former Forum chair) and Mark Hersey, so the connections between the working group and EEF are close. Each month we have a virtual discussion of a work in progress, or recently published books, or special issues of journals, or something else. It is a fun way to stay connected with other scholars in the history of the earth and environmental sciences!


For our Oct 27 meeting, after conducting our essential annual business, we will spend most of our time discussing the Rainger Prize, which is the early career award in the history of earth and environmental sciences that is now an official prize of the History of Science Society. We will celebrate and discuss this year’s winner, which is an article just published by Emily Kern in the British Journal for the History of Science. See the website link above for more details. Once you have set up an account at the Consortium, you can log in for meetings and also see the PDF file that we will be discussing for each meeting.


In case you’re wondering why we didn’t meet at the HSS official virtual meeting, we decided to postpone until we could set up a separate Zoom session so more people could participate. When I put the question to the Forum’s coordinating committee awhile back, only 1 or 2 of them were planning to be at the Virtual meeting, so the committee decided that a separate meeting later on would be better. On behalf of the coordinating committee (members listed below), I would like to hereby invite you to the meeting and hope you can attend. It would be wonderful to see you!



Jeremy Vetter

Associate Professor of History

University of Arizona


Current EEF Coordinating Committee:

Anya Zilberstein (2020)

Dan Zizzamia (2020)

Tony Adler (2021)

Leah Aronowsky (2021)

Anna Graber (2022)

Geoff Bil (2022)

Jeremy Vetter (non-voting secretary)