Conference: Revealing Lives: Women in Science 1830-2000

International Conference 2014


Thurs 22 May–Fri 23 May 2014: The Royal Society, London

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

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  include:

  • 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.

For information please contact Dr Claire Jones: and Dr Sue Hawkins:


3 Responses to Conference: Revealing Lives: Women in Science 1830-2000

  1. […] if they over-represent the number of women in science, for now, says Natalie Cooper. Next year, the Royal Society is holding an international conference on women in science, from 1830 to 2000, which will look at whether the focus on a few exceptional women has concealed a  more complex […]

  2. […] Time: Thurs 22 May–Fri 23 May 2014 Venue: The Royal Society, London Deadline: Friday 1 Nov. 2013, Website […]

  3. […] Regular updates concerning programme and registration will be posted at the conference website: […]

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