CfP: 11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry, Trondheim/Norway, 2017

In summer 2017, the fortieth anniversary of the creation of the Working Party (WP) on History of Chemistry of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) will be celebrated. The general aim of the conferences organised by the WP is to facilitate communication between historically interested chemists and historians of chemistry, and to gather the community on a regular basis. Previous conferences organised by the WP were held in Rostock 2011 (Pathways of Knowledge), Uppsala 2013 (Chemistry in Material Culture), and Aveiro 2015 (Chemical Biography in the 21st Century). 
The 11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry (11th ICHC) will take place from 29th August to 2nd September, 2017 in Trondheim, a city founded in 997 which served as Norway’s capital during the Viking Age. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which has been the country’s centre for technology education since 1910, will host the conference. The conference is sponsored by NTNU, the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Chemical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
The conference programme will include scientific sessions, key-note lectures, the WP business meeting, as well as social events such as excursions, receptions, and a banquet. For more information about preparing your submission and the conference presentation, please consult the proposal guidelines. The key-note lectures will be given by:
  • Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge): "What history tells us about the nature of  chemistry"
  • Maria Rentetzi (National Technical University of Athens): “Revising the concept of safety culture in nuclear settings”
  • Anders Lundgren (Uppsala Universitet): “Science in chemical industry – what did it do?”

The programme committee especially encourages the submission of panel/session proposals, but also welcomes the submission of stand-alone papers. Session organisers and contributors are free to send their proposals on any topic on the history of chemistry, broadly constructed as the cluster of molecular sciences, industry, technology and engineering. A non-exhaustive list of possible sessions could include historical papers on the historical development of all aspects of material and life sciences, such as:
-   Chemistry, professors, textbooks and classrooms
-   Teaching and didactics of history of chemistry
-   Chemistry and law: controversies, expertise, counter-expertise, fraud and activism
-   Toxics regulation, risk assessment and public health
-   Environmental chemistry, energy and regulation
-   Chemistry, industry, and economy
-   Spaces and sites of chemistry
-   Instruments, collections and material culture
-   Biographies and prosopographies, and databases
-   Chemistry, war and exile
-   Representation of chemistry, and visual cultures
-   Alchemy, Chemistry and Early Modern Science and Medicine
-   Gender and chemistry
The programme committee consists of Christoph Meinel, Universität Regensburg, and Ignacio Suay-Matallana, Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia, Lisbon (chairs of the Advisory Committee), Annette Lykknes (chair of the Local Organising Committee) and Brigitte Van Tiggelen (Mémosciences, Chemical Heritage Foundation, and chair of the WP).
Important Dates:
Deadline for submitting proposals (both panels and individual papers): January 31st, 2017.
Notification of acceptance: March 31st, 2017.
Early Registration: May 31st, 2017.
Conference dates: 29th August – 2nd September 2017.
Proposal guidelines:
All proposals must be in English, the language of the conference. Submitted abstracts and session proposals will be subject to review by a scientific committee. Although the conference is open to individual paper submissions, preference will be given to organised sessions with three or more papers. All proposals must use the templates provided on the conference web site. Session proposals must also include (1) an abstract of the session topic (150 words maximum), the name(s) of the organiser(s), and the proposed papers; (2) abstracts for each paper (200 words); (3) a short CV of the organiser(s). All proposals should be submitted by email (by January 31st, 2017) to:
Contact information for practical questions:

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