The 11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry was held in Trondheim, Norway during 29 August – 2 September, 2017. Conference website: http://www.ntnu.edu/11ichc
For book of abstract and report from the conference, see the table of past conferences below.
The 12th International Conference on History of Chemistry will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, during 6-9 August, 2019.
John Dalton 250th Anniversary Symposium: Chemistry meets History
organized by Mats Tilset, Sylviane Sabo-Etienne and Brigitte Van Tiggelen
During the 6th EuCheMS congress in Sevilla, Spain, in September 2016 a one-day symposium in honor of the 250th anniversary of John Dalton’s birth was held. The morning session was convened by Professor Mats Tilset, University of Oslo, Norway. The symposium began appropriately with a 45-minute lecture by science historian Rachel Dunn, Durham University, UK, on the life and scientific career of John Dalton. She packed much information and anecdotes into her presentation to give a lively impression of a most remarkable man. As a Quaker, who remained committed to his religion all his life, Dalton was soberly dressed in dark colors. Once the rule was broken in public, when he was awarded an honorary degree from Oxford University in 1832, for which he was given a red robe to wear. When asked afterward how he could reconcile the vibrant color with his faith, his response was that though others may call it scarlet, he saw it as brown-green, the color of nature. He was color-blind!
Dalton’s wide scientific studies stretched from physics and chemistry through colour-blindness to meteorology. He was also committed to the communication of science in an efficient way, with succinct language and visualization, for example, of the elements and their combination in chemistry.
This lecture set the tone for the chemistry slam session in which eleven candidates were selected from the Dalton Symposium poster session. The participants had four minutes each to present the link between Dalton and their chemistry. The winner was Karolin Materne, who showed parallels between her incipient career in science and the character and early career of Dalton.
The afternoon session was organized by Professor Sylviane Sabo-Etienne, Toulouse, France. Two additional historical lectures gave the background and the reason for the initially slow reception of Mendeleev’s periodic table (given by Dr. Brigitte van Tiggelen, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, USA) and the innovation of Berthollet’s chemical affinities at the turn of the 19th century (presented by Professor Pere Grapí, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain). The symposium was rounded off with four oral presentations of 15 minutes each by young chemists.
WP chair Brigitte Van Tiggelen during the Dalton Symposium in 2016
|11ICHC||29 Aug-2 Sept 2017||Trondheim, Norway||11th International Conference on History of Chemistry|
|11–15 Sept 2016||Sevilla, Spain||John Dalton 250th Anniversary: Chemistry meets History|
|10ICHC||9–12 Sept 2015||Aveiro, Portugal||Chemical Biography in the 21st Century|
|9ICHC||21–24 Aug 2013||Uppsala, Sweden||Chemistry in Material Culture|
|8ICHC||14–16 Sept 2011||Rostock, Germany||Pathways of knowledge|
|7ICHC||2–5 Aug 2009||Sopron, Hungary||Consumers and Experts: The Uses of Chemistry (and Alchemy)|
|6ICHC||28 Aug–1 Sept 2007||Leuven, Belgium||Neighbours and Territories – The Evolving Identity of Chemistry|
|Other||31 Aug–3 Sept 2006||Gödöllö, Hungary||History of the Food Chain|
|1st EuCheMS Congress||27–31 Aug 2006||Budapest, Hungary||Chemistry – Past, Present and Future|
|5ICHC||6–10 Sept 2005||Lisbon-Estoril, Portugal||Chemistry, Technology and Society|
|4ICHC||3–7 Sept 2003||Budapest, Hungary||Communication in Chemistry in Europe, across Borders and across Generations|
|3ICHC||2–4 July 1999||Budapest, Hungary||3rd International Conference on the History of Chemistry and Chemical Industry|
|Other||1997||Liège, Belgium||History of Science Congress|
|2ICHC||15–19 Aug 1995||Eger, Hungary||2nd International Conference on the History of Chemistry and Chemical Industry|
|1ICHC||12–17 Aug 1991||Veszprém, Hungary||Mineral Contor International Conference on the History of Chemistry and Chemical Industry|