Taking place at Kew Gardens from the 14-16th September, this conference is the culmination of an 18-month AHRC-funded Network
project exploring the intersections of Enlightenment science, culture,
commerce and empire through the figure of Joseph Banks, his
correspondents, circles and networks. The ‘Joseph Banks Science, Culture
and the Remaking of the Indo-Pacific World’ Network is a collaborative
partnership between the National Maritime Museum, University College
London, the Royal Society, Natural History Museum and the National
Portrait Gallery. For further information on the Network project, see their webpage: www.rmg.co.uk/josephbanksnetwork
With Keynote Speakers Professor David Igler (University of California, Irvine) and Professor Kapil Raj (Centre Alexandre-Koyré, Paris), and other speakers from a range of disciplines, the conference reflects new research on the global contexts of Banks’s interests, influence and legacies.
Booking for the Conference is now open. To book, follow this link to the Royal Society’s website where full information can be found:
For queries on the conference or Joseph Banks Network project, please contact the Network coordinator Sally Archer firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 27 June 2017
Publication date: 12 June 2017
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies has published our catalogues for modules in the 2017-18 session. These cover undergraduate and taught postgraduate HPSC modules.
Publication date: 12 June 2017
STS is delighted to announce the appointment of two new lecturers to academic posts within the department:
Publication date: 1 June 2017
UCL will be holding summer open days on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July. The Open Days offer a variety of activities including admissions talks, general talks on topics such as accommodation, finance and careers.
Publication date: 31 May 2017
On Saturday 10th June, UCL will be holding the first 'It's all Academic' festival, featuring free events run by staff and students, including talks on Smart Magnetic Materials, controversial books, alien intelligence and a huge range of other topics.
Publication date: 24 May 2017
Visitors to the Grant Museum will have noticed a new display, courtesy of students on STS's HPSC3003 Communication of Scientific Ideas module. The new display, entitled 'Sexual Selection: How to choose a mate', features stag beetles, tree frogs, and several other examples of animal attractors.
Biosciences student Robyn Webb, one of the group who designed the display, explained the thinking behind it:
Publication date: 22 May 2017
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to appoint a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Medicine for the 2017-18 academic session to deliver taught undergraduate and master’s modules, supervise undergraduate dissertations, and undertake related academic support duties. The appointment will be made on the grade 7 scale, plus London Weighting (pro rata) available from 19 September 2017 through 10 June 2018.
Publication date: 17 May 2017
On Tuesday 4th April, Prof. Jon Agar gave his Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture at the Royal Society, on 'The curious history of curiosity-driven research'.
Professor Agar was awarded the 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in recognition of his work as a leading figure in the history and philosophy of science. Created in 2005 by the merger of the three previously existing medals, the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar medal had previously been awarded to such luminaries as Lord Melvyn Bragg, Professor Hasok Chang, and Dr Jeremy Butterfield.
Publication date: 5 April 2017
On Thursday March 30th the Westminster Library “Salon for the City” hosted by Stephen Coates enjoyed a sold-out salon on “London’s Natural Histories” with UCL’s Simon Werrett and the Guardian’s Martin Rowson. Werrett’s talk, “Crawling King Caterpillar: Portraying Joseph Banks in the Eighteenth Century” discussed the impact of portraits and satirical caricatures of Banks that circulated during his lifetime. Next up was Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson who spoke about the history of London Zoo and the value of zoos for London life. Discussion then followed, lubricated by gin, on subjects ranging from pygmy hippo poo to the value of thrift in science and what animals would be good for caricaturing politicians today.
Post-talk tweets were very positive:
@phoebeceehaitch wrote “Brilliant talks from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson for #SalonForTheCity Natural Histories at Westminster Arts Ref Lib. Wonderful!”
@SuzyHaller wrote “Had no idea Westminster Reference Library hosts amazing talks. Definitely recommend. Great ones this eve from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson”
Publication date: 4 April 2017
On Monday 20th March, at 6pm in the AV Hill Lecture Theatre, Prof. Ludmilla Jordanova will present the first STS Haldane Lecture of 2017, on Institutions, Identities and Historical Practices in Science and Medicine.
Publication date: 15 March 2017
This Monday, 13th February, Professor Andrew Gregory will be holding his Inagural Lecture on "The Study of Ancient Science". This will take place in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre from 5.15pm, followed by a reception in the Petrie Museum.
Publication date: 8 February 2017
Today, STS launches Alchemy. Part annual report, part seasonal newsletter to family and friends, Alchemy offers a means for highlighting student successes, staff comings and goings, recent developments in our research, the arrival of new programmes, and so much more.
Publication date: 24 January 2017
In preparation for next month's OneBook talk with author Philip Ball, the STS Department held a group seminar, with representatives from various STS reading groups coming together for a combined reading session.
Publication date: 18 January 2017
STS is pleased to announced that Prof. Steve Miller has been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in Science Communication and Planetary Science, following his retirement last month.
Publication date: 13 January 2017
On March 30th 2017, STS's Simon Werrett will take part in a double-bill alongside renowned Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson as part of the Westminster Arts Reference Library's 'Salon for the City', exploring the career of Sir Joseph Banks under the theme of 'Natural Histories'.
Publication date: 6 January 2017
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Publication date: 20 December 2016
In October 2015, Prof. Frank James gave the Wheeler lecture to the Historical Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, on Thomas Beddoes and the Medical Pneumatic Institution in Bristol. We are pleased to announce that this lecture has now been published online as part of the RSCHG Occasional Papers series.
Publication date: 29 November 2016
Sir Joseph Banks accompanied Captain James Cook as a naturalist on Cook’s first voyage around the world in 1768 to 1771. In 1778 Banks was appointed President of the Royal Society and oversaw a global network of collaborators in the sciences until his death in 1820. Among his varied pursuits, Banks initiated the practice of sending naturalists on British voyages of exploration, a practice which continued for decades after his death. He played a significant role in developing Kew Gardens and contributed to the creation of the Royal Institution.
Publication date: 28 November 2016
Launching on Tuesday 1st November, InEDITA is a new initiative established by Lori Coletti Campbell (STS Departmental Manager) alongside Stefanie Anyadi (Psychology and Language Sciences) and Leigh Kilpert (Institute of Child Health).
Publication date: 2 November 2016
STS is pleased to announce that, starting with issue 4, Simon Werrett will be taking over as editor of BJHS Themes from Jon Agar, who has edited issues 1 to 3.
Publication date: 31 October 2016
STS are saddened to announce the death on Sunday, 2 October 2016 of former UCL STS lecturer Professor Mary Hesse ScD FBA. Sir Richard Evans FBA, President of Wolfson College Cambridge, confirmed her passing earlier today, providing the following information:
Publication date: 3 October 2016