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July 7–12


The Local Organizing Committee is happy to welcome you in Oslo for the 2019 International Society for the History Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology biennial meeting.

The meeting is a joint effort of Norsk Teknisk Museum (NTM, the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology) and the University of Oslo Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), the Department of Biosciences, the Institute of Health and Society (HELSAM), the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, and the Museum of
Cultural History (KHM). It will take place at the main university campus, Blindern, which is located on the western outskirts of the city centre.

The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and social studies of science. The biennial ISHPSSB summer meetings are known for innovative, transdisciplinary sessions, and for fostering informal, co-operative exchanges and on-going collaborations.

With the 2019 meeting we hope to continue and enrich our traditions. We will build on the strengths of the local communities of scholars in the social studies of science, biomedical sciences, science communication and museum studies, and we will explore new and persistent topics through engaging and innovative formats. We encourage all organizers of sessions and participants to attend especially to considerations of diversity in terms of discipline, geography, ethnicity, gender and career stage. We are committed to work for high accessibility and reducing our environmental impact. We will try our best to stay true to ISHPSSB’s spirit and create a collegial and informal atmosphere of lively dialogue.

Welcome to Oslo!

Ageliki Lefkaditou (Norsk Teknisk Museum), chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Susanne Bauer (TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)
Sophia Efstathiou (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Hallvard Fossheim (Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen)
Christoph Gradmann (Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo)
Thomas F. Hansen (Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo)
Jon Røyne Kyllingstad (Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo)



 Final changes to the conference program:

 Public Transport Updates

How to get to Norsk Teknisk Museum for the welcome reception:

  • The easiest way is to take the train to “Kjelsås stasjon” from Oslo S (Oslo Central Station). The ride takes only 13 minutes and your tickets for Oslo (zone 1, which is what you need for all areas except for the airport) are valid for the train.
  • For those staying at Anker Hotel, bus 54 from “Møllerveien” stop will also take you to the museum in 20 minutes. You can also take trams 11 and 12, but it is more complicated because of construction work.

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