cfp. History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland annual confernce

Date: 26/27 April 2024
Location: Carlow College
Call for papers:
The annual meeting of the HSTM Network Ireland will be held this year, in person, at Carlow College. We welcome the submission of organised panels as well as individual papers on any topic related to the history of science, medicine, and technology. We encourage scholars at any stage of their career from inside and outside of academic institutions.
We encourage papers, panels, and poster on themes, such as:
· The past and future of the HSTM of Ireland
· Decolonise HSTM and/or decolonial research in HSTM
· HSTM between the local and the global, the small and the large, the celebrated and invisible
· Feminist and gender-critical approaches to HSTM
· Research and engineering for social equality and equity
· HSTM in the classroom, at the desk, and in public
· Disability between science, technology, and medicine
Submissions of papers on any theme relating to HSTM are welcome, and need not be related specifically to Ireland. Abstracts (no more than 300 words) and a short biography (no more than 100 words) should be submitted by 22 February 2024 using this Google Form. We will notify all prospective speakers at the latest by the end of February.
The conference fee will not exceed 20 euro per person to include tea/coffee/lunch.
We are a small organisation and cannot support speaker travel expenses. Please note that there are a number of small grants for conference travel for postgraduate students available from other organisations, such as the Society for the Social History of Medicine (
Carlow College is in the centre of Carlow town, five minutes walk from trains and busses. The train is less than one hour from Dublin and Waterford on the Dublin Waterford rail line, and Carlow is connected by bus to many other locations, including a direct link to Dublin Airport. It is a historic building, and the second oldest third level institution in Ireland, after Trinity College, Dublin. There are several bed and breakfasts, hotels, and Air BNBs available locally.
Please direct any queries to Dr Ida Milne and the HSTM conference committee at

Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral) Fellowship with RDS, historical research

The current call for this scheme includes applications to work with the Royal Dublin Society in one of the following general areas:

RDS: Colonialism and Empire: The RDS and its membership’s activities/collections (pre 1877 plant, museum, art and library collections) through the lens of Colonialism and Empire (impact at home and abroad- links to slavery, Anti-Catholicism, treatment of tenants by landowners in Ireland etc.)

RDS and the Environment- The historical impact of the RDS and its activities on Ireland’s environment, landscape and biodiversity.

RDS and women and entrepreneurism – the RDS and its support of women in small business and entrepreneurism in Ireland.

Details for potential applicants can be found here:

RDS contact is Natasha Serne (RDS Archivist): 

Royal Irish Academy, Charlemont Grant scheme open to applications

The Charlemont Grant scheme is open to early career researchers who wish to undertake short international visits from Ireland for the conduct of primary research in any subject area.

This highly successful scheme speaks to one of the RIA’s fundamental missions to identify and encourage excellence in research and scholarship, and to support the development of international links and collaborations by early career researchers.

Applications for up to €2,500 are invited.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday, 27 October 2023. 

For full details and to apply see

Registration open for 34th Conference of Irish Historians/4TH ANNUAL CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HISTORY CONFERENCE

The 34th Irish Conference of Historians/4th QUB Centre for Public History Conference, will take place at Queen’s University, Belfast on 15-16 September 2023. The theme of this years conference is Institutions.

Please visit the conference website for the full programme and for details on registering:

Irish History Students’ Association launches new podcast series

The Irish History Students’ Association is delighted to launch its new podcast. The podcast showcases historical research from students of all levels of history, researching any historical theme and period. The opening series will run over the summer and the first episode is now freely available to listen on Spotify here:

National Library of Ireland/Irish Committee of Historical Sciences Research Studentship open for applications

The National Library of Ireland, in association with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, are currently inviting applications for the Research Studentship.

An excellent opportunity for a graduate who is willing to undertake intensive study of a selected manuscript collection or collections which he/she might use as a major source in a post-graduate or post-doctoral research programme. The student will work in the Manuscripts Department (Special Collections) of the National Library.

More information about the role and how to apply are available here.

Applications must be made on the official National Library of Ireland application form which can be found here.

Completed application forms should be submitted by e-mail to the NLI’s Human Resources Unit at

Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications is 3:00pm, 14 July 2023.

Robert Boyle Summer School 2022 addressing Science and Colonialism, 22 – 25 June


The 11th Robert Boyle Summer School will take place from 22 – 25 June at Waterford City and Lismore and addresses the theme Science Writing | Writing Science

Thursday 22 June City Hall Waterford


Opening Event and Reception

Friday 23 June City Hall, Waterford

Morning Session: Robert Boyle and his Sisters

Prof Michael Hunter: The Writing of Robert Boyle

Dr Ann-Maria Walsh: The Correspondence of the Boyle Sisters

Afternoon Session: Reading Robert Boyle

Nuala Clarke An Artist’s Perspective

Prof Jim Malone: A Scientist’s Perspective

Evening Session 8 pm City Hall

Boyle in Points”

A novel game show where the excitement will reach boiling point. Chaired by Cathal Murray, RTE’s Late Date presenter and featuring two teams battling it out to tell the difference between Science Fact and Science Faked.

Saturday 24 June Lismore (free coach transfer from Waterford)

Morning SessionWriting Science for the Public

Prof Peter J Bowler: Popular Science Writing in the 20th Century

Brian Trench: The Uses and Pleasures of Science Writing: Agnes Mary Clerke and Mary Mulvihill

Afternoon Session: Science in Fiction

WLR’s Dymphna Nugent in conversation with:

Marianne Lee author of A Quiet Tide, acclaimed biography of 18C botanist Ellen Hutchins

Andrew Hughes author of The Coroners Daughter the One Dublin One Book 2023

Late Afternoon:

Eoin Gill: Sherlock Holmes, the Archetype Scientist and the Lismore Connection

Evening Garden Party at Lismore Castle

Tapas with locally produced foods

Boyle Gin Cocktails ( Non-Alcoholic refreshments also)

Sunday 25 June Waterford City

Late Morning:

Waterford City Heritage: Visit to the Museum of the Irish Wake. (places limited)

For more details and booking, please visit