UCL and the French Embassy co-host launch of network for the history of science, technology and medicine
1 March 2003
UCL academics have joined forces with experts from centres around the UK and colleagues in France to create a Franco-British network for researchers and students of the history of science, medicine and technology.
Launching an initiative by the Science & Technology Service of the French Embassy in London and Professor Pietro Corsi (Paris I, EHESS, Cite des Sciences et de L'Industrie), 29 participants from both France and England met at UCL's Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine in January 2003.
A framework for future research collaboration between the two nations was established, including several possible links, such as co-supervising PhD theses, student exchanges, seminars to promote encounters between both young and renowned researchers, and the creation of a bibliography. One of the main aims of the network is to promote the field to a wider audience via electronic means, and a website containing information on current research will soon be created. The history of science is an emerging discipline in both countries, mainly due to the work of the Wellcome Trust in the UK and the establishment of lectureships in history and philosophy of science in France.
Currently, collaboration between the two countries is purely on an individual and informal basis. The network will allow closer cooperation and a greater sharing of information to the benefit of researchers and students alike.
Professor Harold Cook, Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History
of Medicine at UCL, said: "We were pleased to be able to help foster this
initiative in collaboration with colleagues on both sides of the Channel. This
will extend and deepen links between the academic communities of the UK and
France, and more generally throughout Europe, in an academic field of growing
Image: Professor Harold Cook, Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL.
To find out more about the network use the link below.