Arquivo de etiquetas: XXVII Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission

Call for Papers Scientific Instruments, Set. 2008, Lisboa


Laboratorio Chimico, Museu de Ciência, Lisboa
(Fotografia daqui)


SIC2008 – XXVII Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission
16-21 September 2008

Museum of Science
University of Lisbon

Papers submitted to the XXVII Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission – SIC 2008 should address issues related to recent research on the history of scientific instruments, preservation and documentation of collections of instruments, as well as their use within the wider discipline of the history of science.
SIC2008 will be particularly, but not exclusively, encouraging contributions addressing the following two themes.


Why is space important for scientific instruments? SIC2008 intends to bring together the most recent developments in this debate. Do spaces in buildings condition instruments and vice versa?

Throughout history, spaces were designed to house, use, make, store, and display instruments in contexts as diverse as teaching, research, private collecting, and public exhibitions. The relationships between instruments and spaces underwent changes-from megalithic monuments to mural quadrants in India, Persia, and China; from meridians in European churches to astronomical observatories from Tycho Brahe onward; from taverns and lecture halls to great exhibitions and burgeoning museums of science; from bench tops to cyclotrons and modern interdisciplinary laboratory complexes. As original sites (laboratories, observatories, amphitheatres, old museums) are threatened and uses are rapidly reassigned, many feel that documenting and preserving the architecture and organisation of the spaces of science are
important to understanding instrumentation and its uses.


Why should we continue caring about the preservation of scientific instruments, and how can this be done? The SIC2008 Symposium will offer a platform to discuss and debate recent strategies, initiatives, and best practices for increasing standards of preservation and documentation of scientific instruments and for promoting access to them.

Why are some instrument exhibitions so dull? What does a 19th century vacuum pump tell a sixteen year old today? How can we engage wider audiences with scientific instruments, particularly children and the youth? Can this be actually done or is it an ‘impossible’ challenge? Is it desirable at all? Can we (and should we) communicate contemporary science through or with historical instruments? Can we mediate the importance and fascination of history of science through interpretative exhibitions of historical instrumentation? SIC2008 welcomes papers presenting innovative approaches that make instruments more meaningful to general audiences.

See Submission details and more information at:

SIC website:

Marta C Lourenço, PhD
Museum of Science
University of Lisbon
Rua da Escola Politécnica 56
1250-102 Lisbon
Tel. +351 213921881/964037535
Fax +351 213909326

Fonte: Lista de discussão Museum