August 2021 Reading Group – HSTM Ireland Network

The HSTM Network Ireland reading group meet online once a month to engage in discussion about a topical article in the fields of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Our next meeting will take place on:

Friday, August 20th 2021, 1-2:30pm, Zoom

We will be reading:

Wynter, R. (2021). Ambition, ‘failure’ and the laboratory: Birmingham as a centre of twentieth-century British scientific psychiatry. The British Journal for the History of Science, 54(1), 19-40.

More information on the reading group and the monthly readings can be found here.

If you would like to join the reading group, please email Details of readings and a link to the discussion group will then be forwarded to you.

HSTM Magazine – Call For Contributions!

The History of Science, Technology & Medicine (HSTM) Network of Ireland was established in 2014 to foster research, teaching and public engagement in Ireland and beyond, while linking Irish researchers to the international community of scholars. Since then, the network has hosted annual conferences, promoted awareness of archival sources across the island, advocated HSTM as a subject at all levels of education and supported and developed public events with an HSTM element.

In 2021, the HSTM Network will launch an online magazine edited by members Ian Miller, Max Meulendijks, Elena Schaa and Shelby Zimmermann. The network is currently seeking original research articles (c.1500-2000 words) on any HSTM-related subject (Irish or non-Irish). Topics might include (but are not limited to) the history of:

· Disease and illness

· Mental health and emotions

· Healthcare provision

· Health experiences of marginalised communities

· The popular reception of science

· Networks and/or geographies of science

· Academic disciplines and institutions (relating to HSTM)

· Systematic knowledge production

· Technological innovation

We are also seeking reviews of new books, exhibitions, media and events relating to Irish HSTM research (or HSTM research being conducted in Ireland). We also wish to run articles that focus on a particular archive in Ireland or an interesting object/text from a collection.

Contributions will be published initially on the HSTM Network Ireland website, and then collated in a bi-annual printed magazine. We welcome contributions from all career stages.

To discuss ideas for a potential contributions, please email

Style guide can be found here.

HSTM Network Ireland Reading Group Begins!

The HSTM Network Ireland reading group will be meeting online once a month to engage in discussion about a topical article in the fields of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Our first meeting will take place on:

Friday, July 16th 2021, 1-2:30pm, Zoom

We will be reading:

Elshakry, Marwa. “When science became Western: Historiographical reflections.” Isis 101, no. 1 (2010): 98-109.

More information on the reading group and the monthly readings can be found here.

If you would like to join the reading group, please email Details of readings and a link to the discussion group will then be forwarded to you.

BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM Conference: People, Places, Practices, 12 July 2021 to 15 July 2021

The joint BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM conference on the theme of People, Places, Practices will take place from Monday 12 July (starting 14:00) to Thursday 15 July.

The conference (originally scheduled to take place in St Andrews, summer 2020) will be online. Most presentations will be pre-recorded and made available the previous day. Plenaries will be pre-recorded and released, but will also be played live. The timetable allows participants to watch the relevant recordings immediately before the live session Q&A if they wish. Live Q&A sessions are all 40 minutes, allowing time for a break, and a bit of slippage, before the zoom channel is needed for the next live session.

Presentations of specific Irish interest are:

Wed 14th @14:00 Colm Mulcahy (Plenary) – Plenary 5: The Scottish Irish Mathematical Trail

Wed 14th @17:00 Maurice OReilly (Q&A with pre-recorded video available in advance) – Developing an online exhibition of selected mathematical works from Marsh’s Library, Dublin: an early modern library through the eyes of undergraduate mathematics students

Thu 15th @ 18:00 Anne Van Weerden (Q&A with pre-recorded video available in advance) – Sir William Rowan Hamilton: the influence of the 1880s temperance struggles on his posthumous reputation

Registration is free:

Lecture: Dr Edward Worth and infectious diseases in early eighteenth-century Dublin, 19 May 2021 at 6.15 pm

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland’s History of Medicine Section hosts, Dr Elizabethanne Boran, Librarian, the Edward Worth Library who will present at this free lecture hosted via Zoom.

This lecture investigates infectious diseases in early eighteenth-century Dublin through the prism of the library of Dr Edward Worth (1676-1733), an early eighteenthcentury Dublin physician. The lecture will examine Worth’s plague collection, along with other contemporary printed sources, to explore what was known about the 1720 Marseille plague in Dublin and how Dublin society reacted to it. The lecture will also examine other infectious diseases, such as smallpox and tuberculosis, not only in the context of Worth’s own collecting, but also in the broader context of the Dublin book trade in the early decades of the eighteenth century.

The event is free but registration is required at:

A flyer can be download here:

“Robert Boyle, Lady Ranelagh, and the Great Plague of 1665-66” Monday 22 March 5-6pm

Dr Michelle di Meo

Dealing with pandemics is nothing new for scientists. Throughout history new contagious diseases have emerged, seemingly out of nowhere. Physicians, researchers, and public officials then scramble towards mitigating the spread and discovering a cure while death tolls and unemployment rise. Robert Boyle and his sister, the scientific collaborator Lady Ranelagh, lived through the infamous Great Plague of London over 1665-66. What did they understand about the disease? How did they deal with it? Are there any lessons from 350 years ago that could apply to COVID-19 today? Join us as historian Michelle DiMeo illuminates how Robert Boyle and Lady Ranelagh’s experiences with a plague year share some striking similarities to what we face today.  

To book, go to

Pedagogical Experiments: Christian Kindergarten Education in Republican China, CHOMI seminar, 25 Feb. 5 pm

Pedagogical Experiments: Christian Kindergarten Education in Republican China

Dr Jenny Bond (University College Dublin)

To register, please click here

Once you have registered, a link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the address you provide. Please note: you do not need to download Zoom to join the webinar. For more details please see the attached flyer.

For details of other seminars in the 2020/21 CHOMI series, see here

Population Health Advocacy: The Legacy of Sir Charles A. Cameron, 2 March

Sir Charles Alexander Cameron (1830-1921) RCSI President, Professor of Chemistry, Public Analyst and Medical Officer of Health for Dublin.

To mark the centenary of his death, RCSI will host a virtual panel discussion to address the importance of population health advocacy and present the inaugural Sir Charles Alexander Cameron Award for Population Health. We are delighted to announce that Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, will be the first award recipient in recognition of his global leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health. Panelists include:

  • Dr Ida Milne, Historian and Lecturer in European History at Carlow College
  • Professor Donal O’Shea, Professor and Head of Chemistry Department, RCSI
  • Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
  • Professor Emer Shelley, Honorary Associate Professor of Epidemiology RCSI and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI
  • Dr Ciarán Wallace, Historian and Deputy Director of the Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury, TCD
  • Date:02 March 2021
  • Time:13:00 – 14:00
  • Category:Community, General events 
  • Location:Online

Registration can be found here:

Centaurus: Call for Proposals

Annual Call for Proposals: Special Issues of Centaurus

Centaurus, the official Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, regularly publishes issues dedicated to a special theme.
Recently published special issues include:

•       Tercentenary of D’Alembert’s Birth (1717-1783): A Review of the Latest Research.

•       The Promises of Science: Historical Perspectives.

•       How Do Writings in the Early Astral Sciences Reveal Mathematical Practices?

•       Scoops, Scams and Scuffles: The Construction of Prehistoric Knowledge in Newspapers.

The ESHS and the Editorial Board of Centaurus are now soliciting proposals for special issues for 2020 and 2021.

Proposals should include the following:

1.      A description of the topic and its significance (approximately 500 words).

2.      A list of 6 to 10 contributors and a title and paragraph describing each contributor’s individual essay. Note that we would normally expect a diverse set of authors.

3.      A brief CV of the guest editor(s).

4.      A schedule of production (date of first submission; time for peer review; time for revisions; final version ready).

Centaurus is growing and special issues can now be larger than before. More than 150 pages (75,000 words) are available for a special issue. All topics that fall within the scope of the journal can be chosen. See the website of the journal  

For more detailed information for authors, see the author guidelines here

We are especially looking forward to receiving proposals for interdisciplinary special issues.

The committee selecting the special issues will be composed of the editorial board and ESHS representatives. Criteria include the quality, innovative character and interest of the proposal, the expertise of the guest editor(s), the expertise and diversity of the authors, and the coherence and feasibility of the project.

Deadline: proposals should be sent to the editor (at the address below) no later than January 15, 2019. The results of the selection process will be announced in February 2019.

If you cannot make this deadline, please send a note to the Editor, and it may be possible to negotiate a different deadline. Ad hoc proposals will also be considered, but proposals sent in response to the Annual Call will receive priority.

HSTM Network Ireland Conference 2018

Reminder: Annual History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Conference. 26-27 October 2018 – Queen’s University Belfast, School of Natural and Built Environment.

Updated conference programme is available here: Conference programme update

Register for the conference here 
Register for the conference dinner here  (password HSTM2018)
Note: An AGM will be held at the upcoming conference and a new chair will be installed. If you would like to nominate someone, please send an email to or