Working Party on History of Chemistry


The 12th International Conference on History of Chemistry will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 29 July till 2 August, 2019.

The Conference will be hosted by Maastricht University (UM), a young university, founded in 1976, with a very international student population, and a strong research group in Science, Technology and Society (STS), including the history of science and technology. The conference will be sponsored by UM, the Royal Dutch Chemical Society and several other organizations.

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 conference dinner banquet. Key-note lectures will be given by Marco Beretta (Bologna University), Carsten Reinhardt (Bielefeld University) and Lissa Roberts (Twente University).

The Steering Organizing Committee encourages the submission of panel/session proposals, but also welcomes the submission of stand-alone papers. Session organizers 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, and technology. A non-exhaustive list of possible sessions could include historical papers on the 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

– Environmental chemistry, energy and regulation

– Chemical industry, its transition towards a circular economy

– Spaces and sites of chemistry

– (Post)colonial perspectives on chemistry

– Chemistry and its businesses in a globalizing world

– Commodities and commodification

– Modern chemistry and physics of semiconductors and nano-materials

– Chemistry and digital humanities; editions of manuscripts, etc.

– Instruments, collections and material culture

– Replication of historical experiments

– Periodic Table (2019 = International Year of the Periodic Table)

– Biographies, prosopographies, and databases

– Chemistry, war and exile

– Representation of chemistry, and visual cultures

– Chemistry in the age of the Anthropocene

– Early modern art and chemistry

– Alchemy, Chemistry and Early Modern Science and Medicine

– Gender and chemistry


The Steering Organizing Committee consists of Christoph Meinel, Universität Regensburg, and Ignacio Suay-Matallana, Universidad Miguel Hernández (chairs of the committee), Cyrus Mody, Maastricht University (Steering Organizing Committee), Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Science History Institute (chair of the WPHC), and Ernst Homburg, Maastricht University (chair of the Local Organizing Committee).


Important Dates:

Deadline for submitting proposals (both panels and individual papers): 31 January 2019.

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2019.

Early bird registration: by 15 May 2019.

Conference dates: 29 July – 2 August 2019.


Proposal guidelines:

All proposals must be in English, the language of the conference. Submitted abstracts and session proposals will be subject to review by an international Advisory Committee. The conference is open to individual paper submissions, but preference will be given to organized sessions. The sessions should include about 3-5 papers, and no more than one session can be proposed by the same organizer. All paper proposals must use the templates provided on the conference web site. All proposals should be submitted by email (by 31 January 2019) to:


For more information about session or paper submission, deadlines and practical arrangements can soon be found on:


Contact information for practical questions:


Past conferences:

ICHC Dates Venue Title
11ICHC 29 Aug-2 Sept 2017 Trondheim, Norway 11th International Conference on History of Chemistry

(11ICHC report)

(Articles on and from the 11ICHC in the Norwegian chemistry journal Kjemi – in English and Norwegian)

6th EuChemS congress
 11–15 Sept 2016  Sevilla, Spain  John Dalton 250th Anniversary Symposium: Chemistry meets history
10ICHC 9–12 Sept 2015 Aveiro, Portugal Chemical Biography in the 21st Century

(10ICHC report)

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