Corona (Covid-19) and ICOHTEC 2020

Dear Members and Friends of ICOHTEC,

Given the current epidemiological situation, the 47th Annual Meeting of ICOHTEC in Eindhoven (scheduled for July 13-19, 2020) will not take place physically on location. This also applies to the connected Summer School. The decision was made after thorough consultation between the ICOHTEC officers and the Local Organizing Committee.

However, we are seriously considering organizing the 2020 symposium in a digital format. We expect that due the current lock-down situation and its foreseeable aftermath (many other meetings have been cancelled), ICOHTEC members may be particularly eager to have professional exchanges with their international peers.

We hope to make a go/ no go decision for such an online congress by Mid-April. All of you, whose paper and session proposals have been accepted, would be invited to take part.

Before we make our decision, we would like to consult you. Would you be interested in participating in such an experiment? We prepared a short survey. Please respond to this survey by Thursday 2 April 2020, 9.00 AM (CET).

Go to the online survey

We will use your feedback to make our go/no go decision and also on further decisions regarding technical requirements, costs & conference fee, format, and so on. We count on your advice to make this event a valuable experience.

Alternatively, if you are not interested in attending the digital conference, you may move your accepted paper to our next standalone conference in 2022 (the venue is not yet known). Your paper would not have to go through a new evaluation process, and you will have right to modify it to reflect your recent findings. Unfortunately, we can not offer moving it to 2021 symposium in Prague, which will be held part of the ICHST Congress, because its deadline is already closed. There is still a chance, however, to get together in Prague next year: the deadline for single paper submissions for ICHST is November 30, 2020 ( )

Your indication of interest in a digital congress (or not)  is key to our decisions making.  So please, make sure you take fill out the survey before April 2.

For the most updates go to Official conference website

Stay safe, we are looking forward to seeing you soon in more optimistic circumstances,

Sławomir Łotysz
The President of ICOHTEC

Stefan Poser
The Secretary General of ICOHTEC
Chair of the Programme Committee

Erik van der Vleuten and Jan Korsten
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

Assembling/seeking a panel for ICOHTEC meeting?

Here is a tool for facilitating panel building – Find your panelists / find a session . There are two Google Docs files, one for Eindhoven 2020 and one for Prague 2021, where you can post your announcements and network  with other colleagues. You can also post your announcement at a forum that we have created for the same purpose.

2019 IUHPST Essay Prize

2019 IUHPST Essay Prize

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for the 2019 IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition, planned to continue on a biennial basis, seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline. Entries in the form of an essay of 5,000–10,000 words in English are invited, addressing this year’s prize question: “What is the value of history of science for philosophy of science?” This question is intended as a counterpart to the question for the inaugural run of the prize in 2017, which asked about the value of philosophy of science for history of science. The 2017 prize was won by Theodore Arabatzis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, for his essay “What’s in it for the historian of science?”, which can be viewed here:

All entries should contain original work that has not previously been
published. For entries written originally in another language, an English
translation should be submitted, with an indication of the translator. Entries will be judged on the following criteria, in addition to general academic quality: a direct engagement with this year’s prize question, an effective integration of historical and philosophical perspectives, and the potential to provide methodological guidance for other researchers in the field.  The author of the winning entry will be invited to present the work at the 16th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology   (CLMPST 2019) to be held at the Czech Technical University, Prague, Czechia, 5–10 August 2019. Presenting at the Congress will be a condition of the award.

The award will carry a cash prize of 1,000 U.S. dollars and, in addition, a waiver of the Congress registration fee. Other strong entries will also be considered for presentation at the Congress.

In order to ensure this consideration, entrants should submit the entry also as an individual paper proposal for the Congress by the deadline of 15 December 2018, following the standard instructions indicated on the Congress website:

Entries for this essay prize are invited from anyone, without restriction of
age, nationality or academic status. Co-authored work will be considered, but if the winning entry is a co-authored work the cash prize will need to be
shared out among the authors.

This prize is administered by the Joint Commission of the IUHPST, whose remit is to make links between the work of the two Divisions of the IUHPST: the DHST (Division of History of Science and Technology) and the DLMPST (Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology).  For further information about IUHPST, see: 

Entries for the prize competition should be submitted in pdf format by e-mail to the Chair of the Joint Commission, Prof. Hasok Chang, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge ( Any queries should also be directed to him. The deadline for submission is 15 December 2018.

Call for venue proposal 2020

ICOHTEC invites proposals for sites and local organizers for its 2020 annual symposium. Since 1968, when ICOHTEC was founded, we have organi­zed 44 symposia in various parts of Europe but also in Japan, the United States, Mexico, China, Canada, Israel and Brazil. The past year’s symposium took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a part of the 25th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology (ICHST). This year we will held our symposium in the Jean Monnet University, Saint-Étienne, France. For 2019 Katowice was elected; the symposium in the old industrial centre of Poland will be hosted by the University of Silesia.

Our symposia are normally hosted by universities and take place during the summer months, most often between mid-June and mid-August. Our practice is that the host’s Local Organizing Committee is responsible for the financial side of the symposium, providing facilities for panels and plenary sessions, offering refreshments during coffee breaks and receptions, as well as organizing excursions. The arrange­ments are supervised by the ICOHTEC Board, which also takes care of the scientific programme of the symposium.

The deadline for preliminary proposals is 15 January 2019. Please, send your proposal including information on the local host institutions, site, venue, accommodation, flight connections and travel options from airports as well as a preliminary social programme containing also receptions and excursions via email to ICOHTEC’s Secretary General, Stefan Poser, If you have further questions, or have in your mind to invite ICOHTEC within the next years, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Book Reviews Editor is sought!

Call for Proposals: Book Reviews Editor for ICON

ICON, the annual journal of ICOHTEC, is looking for a book reviews editor! We’re looking for an enthusiastic and well-organized historian of technology who would like to take on this role. The book reviews editor invites reviewers for recent books in the history of technology and science that are provided by the publishers and manages the submission of the reviews, ultimately collecting all the reviews and forwarding them to the journal editor. The book reviews editor would start work immediately, managing reviews for the next issue of ICON, which will appear in early 2019. English language editing of the reviews will be carried out by the editor in chief of ICON. If you have an interest in the field and are willing to take on this job, we welcome submission of a short statement of interest (one paragraph) and a short CV (one page). A decision will be made by the end of July.  ICOHTEC does not offer remuneration for work but a book reviews editor gets a lot of opportunities for networking.

Send your proposal to present editor-in-chief, Hermione Giffard at