Revealing lives: women in science 1830-2000

Human cortical neurons British Drug Houses laboratory in the 1950s (Adams Archive)

History of science conference

Event details

How are we to recover, interpret and understand women’s experiences in science? Popular history delivers stories of a few ‘heroines’ of science, but perhaps these narratives do more to conceal than reveal? Where were the workaday women scientists – now largely invisible – whose contributions have helped shape science today?

This international conference aims to locate and examine women’s participation in science, to identify areas for further research and to reflect on how historical interpretations can inform the role of women in science today. The programme will include contemporary science-led panels to provide context and help build connections between the past and the present.

‘Science’ and ‘participation’ will be defined to encourage maximum inclusivity and we welcome contributions from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective. Themes may include (but are not limited to):

  • Women and learned societies
  • Women and spaces of scientific production
  • Women and scientific education and learning
  • Representations of women scientists: media, fiction, film, art
  • Scientific collaboration
  • Women within familial and social networks of science
  • Gendered roles in science
  • Science today: issues and challenges
  • The ‘leaky pipeline’: women leaving science

Selected papers from the conference will appear in a special issue of the Royal Society’s history journal Notes and Records.

Download the conference programme here.

Download the conference abstracts here.

For information please contact Dr Claire Jones (University of Liverpool), Dr Sue Hawkins (Kingston University), or the Royal Society Library team.

Revealing lives: women in science 1830-2000 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Events coming up

  • Tackling the great challenges of the 21st Century 05 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society in conversation with Lord Stern, President of the British Academy.
  • Suffrage Science Awards Ceremony 08 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London An evening celebrating the achievements of leading women scientists on International Women’s Day
  • Ebola: inside an epidemic 09 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London Discover the how and why of the 2014 Ebola outbreak from leading public health figures. Panel discussion chaired by Dame Sally Davies FRS.

For more events please see the events diary.