The conference brings together scholars working on the history of science, medicine and technology on any theme, topic, or period to discuss historical, epistemological, political, institutional, and ethical issues of relevance to both a Scandinavian and an international audience, welcoming researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers.
The first Norwegian Conference on the History of Science was organized in Oslo in 2007 with the aim of establishing a national network for historians of science. The inaugural meeting proved a success and set the basis for stimulating discussions among the wider academic community, which includes scholars working on the history of technology and medicine. The following conferences in Tromsø, Trondheim, Oslo, and Bergen have further expanded its scope to forge a forum for both national and international exchange of ideas and collaboration. The conference is held every second year and the language is English, although some limited parts of the program may be in Scandinavian.
The 8th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science was scheduled for 2020, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. In the meantime we arranged two webcast events including the public lecture "Are genes in fact the secret of life" by Nathaniel Comfort, which, along with the ensuing panel discussion, can be viewed here. The 8th conference was finally held in December 2021 and was hosted by KHM/MUV. Preliminary date for the 9th conference is November 2023.
Who are we?
The conference is organized by the Program Committee for of the Norwegian Conferences on the History of Science and will be hosted by Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo. The conference has received funding from the Science Studies Colloquium at the University of Oslo.