The Commission on Women and Gender Studies Conference June 2015

Dear colleagues,

Our Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine held a wonderful “in-between” conference in Prague this past June, hosted by Charles University and the Czech National Contact Centre for Gender & Science (NKC), with the support of a range of further sponsors. It was good to see many of you there, where we collectively engaged our conference theme, “Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge.”

Several of the attendees have shared highlights from the conference on websites and in newsletters. The NKC posted a summary with photographs:

The Czech Academy of Sciences also featured the conference in its news:  Nadia Strakova graciously prepared an English translation, attached to the bottom of this email.

The conference received grant funding from a number of agencies including the International Visegrad Fund and the US National Science Foundation (see

We look forward to further conference reports and citations. Please let us know of yours!

During the Commission’s business meeting, a number of proposals and new initiatives emerged that we look forward to seeing come to fruition: symposia for the 2017 International Congress (in Rio de Janeiro), theme and venue for the next “in-between” conference in 2019, a summer school, a Commission archive, a new round of Agnodike research fellowships, and improved communications – this listserv being a start!

These positive outcomes of our meeting are tempered with the sad news of the death of a founding Commission member, Éva Vámos, former director of the Hungarian Museum for Science and Technology, on 25 July 2015. Many of us will recall her kindness and energy as host of the XXIII International Congress in Budapest in 2009.

To close, we thank you for your participation and interest in the Commission’s work, and we look forward to your ongoing involvement.

With best wishes,

Maria Rentetzi, President

Don Opitz, Secretary

Annette Vogt, Treasurer and Past-President

Anne-Sophie Godroy-Strauss, Webmaster