Invitation: Center for the History of Science Silver Jubilee Symposium, 6 December 2013


The Center for History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Friday December 6th, 2013 will celebrate that exactly 25 years earlier the inaugural conference took place. It is thus the Center’s silver jubilee. We would like to take this opportunity to look back, look into what role even numbers might play in science and in history, as well as looking into how the future of history of science might look.

The julibee symposium will be arranged at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.


From the inauguration 1988. Founder and first director Tore Frängsmyr second from the right.


11:30 Registration at Klubbvillan

12:00 Lunch at Klubbvillan

13.00 Welcome, Royal Swedish Academy’s 3rd Vice President Per Olof Hulth

13:10 Tore Frängsmyr, Founder and first Director – How the Center got started

13:40 Karl Grandin, Director

13:45 Marco Beretta, University of Bologna – The historiography of chemistry as a model? Past examples, new perspectives

14:15 Stephen Johnston, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford – TBA

14:45 Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon – The future of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine: Reflections on the role of museums and collections

15:15 Coffee

15:45 Sara Schechner, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard – Instruments of time and memory: From tangible things to the institutions that preserve them

16:15 Sébastien Soubiran, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg – History of science and science studies would help making science public

16:45 Roland Wittje, Universität Regensburg – Beyond the anniversary: Why historians and scientists should talk to each other

18:00 Dinner at Klubbvillan

Limited number of participants! Apply by sending e-mail to


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