Prepare for a Great Meeting

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

1. Register

Register early to receive our discounted rate. Registrants also gain access to PDFs of our Abstract Book and official Meeting Program (when available).

HSS 2018 Abstract Book Cover

2. Book Your Hotel & Travel

HSS is co-hosting its meeting this year with the Philosophy of Science Association. We are expecting a larger than ever turn out, so we urge you to book your hotel room as soon as possible. Use the button below for access to our discounted rate at the Sheraton Seattle. Consult our meeting website for more information about the hotel.

The Sheraton Seattle has two towers. The Pike Street Tower gives better access to the gym and club lounge, while the Union Street Tower gives better access to the meeting space.

3. Get to Know Our Meeting Software

  • Log in to our meeting website and ensure your profile is up to date. While you're there, take some time to upload a photo of yourself, make your profile public, and upload your paper, so it's available for download (which makes your talk more accessible). Need help? Contact us.
  • Check that your name and affiliation appear as you wish, because we'll use that information to print your name badge.
Is your name spelled correctly?
  • Also, check to see whether your paper title and panel information is correct. While the online program will be continuously updated, edits made after 1 Sep 2018 will not appear in the printed program.
  • Seeing old friends and making new ones, meeting future collaborators, putting a face to that article you really liked–this is why we hold these meetings! If there's someone on the program you want to meet in Seattle, then you can use the meeting website to request their contact info or to set up a meeting. Need help? Check out these guides.
  • On the meeting website, you can save sessions to create your own customized program. This customized program will always be up to date and reflect any last-minute changes (like a move to a new venue). Also, saving sessions gives us a better sense of a panel's popularity, which allows us to reassign rooms if necessary.
“‘Tis better to have attended some sessions and missed others than never to have attended at all” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Download our new meeting app. It's always up to date, has access to the meeting program and other essential information, and allows you to access your profile, including your custom program, meeting requests, etc. Once you download the app, search for “History of Science Society.”
“In Seattle we live among the trees and the waterways, and we feel we are rocked gently in the cradle of life. Our winters are not cold and our summers are not hot and we congratulate ourselves for choosing such a spectacular place to rest our heads.” ― Garth Stein, from The Art of Racing in the Rain

4. Don't Forget About the Host City

As good as the sessions are inside the hotel, outside, Seattle offers an amazing wealth of restaurants, cafes, museums, shops, and natural beauty. Click on the links below for some ideas on what to do in the Emerald City, and consider making a dinner reservation for Friday and Saturday evening.


What will your extracurricular activities be?

At the Meeting

Attend sessions. Hear papers. Rinse and repeat. There'll be no shortage of great history of science scholarship. In addition to our expertly curated program, we also would like to draw your attention to five special events you shouldn't miss.

1. Plenary Roundtable

Title: Knowledge/Violence/Futures: History of Science and Its Genealogies

Join Pablo Gómez, Joseph Masco, Michelle Murphy, and Kim TallBear in thinking “how the history of science and its genealogy might look different if we began, not from stories of progress and success, but from places of violence.... This panel invites us to attend to structures of power and knowledge embedded in imperial and capitalist formations, as well as the enduring layers of violence that persist and in which Western science has been complicit. Building from these starting points, how might such alternative narratives not just focus on violence, but create openings for different perspectives, voices, and potential futures?”

1 Nov 2018 | 18:00-19:30 | Willow

Co-Organized by Gregg Mitman and Michelle Murphy

HSS 2017 Reception

2. Opening Reception

Maybe you want to catch up with a colleague, or you have a question that you didn't get to ask from a session earlier in the day, or maybe you have a blog where you rate conference receptions. Regardless, be sure to join us at the end of our first day for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and witty repartee. One ticket to the Opening Reception is included with registration.

01 Nov 2018 | 19:30-20:30 | Metropolitan A/B Foyer

3. THATcamp

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. If you're interested in digital humanities or how technology can enhance history of science research, then this is the place for you. As an added bonus, this year, THATCamp will be held at the Seattle Public Library, which is worth the visit for the architecture alone. Free, but additional registration required.

02 Nov 2018 | 08:00-12:00 | Seattle Public Library

HSS 2017 Prize Ceremony

4. Prize Ceremony & Reception

It's like the Academy Awards, but twice as important and for historians of science. Join us in honoring our best at the 2018 Prize Ceremony and stay after to celebrate at the Prize Reception. Interested in reviewing the prizes and awards that HSS hosts or making a nomination? Find the details on our Honors & Awards page. One ticket to the Prize Reception is included with registration.

Prize Ceremony: 02 Nov 2018 | 18:00-18:45 | Aspen

Prize Reception (w/ PSA): 02 Nov 2018 | 19:00-20:00 | Metropolitan A/B Foyer

5. Distinguished Lecture

Title: Science v. the Sacred, a Dead-End Settler Ontology – and Then What?

Kim TallBear discusses the limitations of settler-colonial ontology, especially as it sets scientific tradition against Indigenous knowledges. Even with the recent ontological turn, which includes more-than-human ways of thinking and new materialisms, TallBear asks whether it can respond adequately enough to this settler-colonial existential crisis.

03 Nov 2018 | 18:30-19:30 | Metropolitan B

“In Seattle, I soon found that my radical ideas and aesthetic explorations—ideas and explorations that in Richmond, Virginia, might have gotten me stoned to death with hush puppies—were not only accepted but occasionally applauded.” ―Tom Robbins


You've got questions, we've got answers.

I'm an overachiever presenting on the HSS and PSA programs. What should I do?

Please register for the meeting in which you have a more substantive role. For example, if you're speaking at an HSS session and chairing a PSA session, you should register with HSS. Your registration with a particular society only affords you access to the resources of that society. For example, if you register with HSS, you can only apply for HSS grants and attend the HSS opening reception. If you want to attend the other Society's special events, you must purchase a guest ticket from that Society. Please note that Friday's reception is a joint reception, but Thursday's receptions are separate, and HSS is not planning to have a reception on Saturday evening. Finally, if you do register with PSA and you're on HSS's program, please forward your PSA registration confirmation to us, so that we can record it in our system.

I heard the last time it wasn't raining in Seattle was one month in 2007. Is that true?

We'll let David Hyde Pierce (as Dennis Reed in Sleepless in Seattle) answer this one: "It rains nine months a year in Seattle." Check the weather and, regardless of what it says, bring an umbrella, raincoat, and whatever else you need to stay dry.

During the meeting, I'll be sitting all day and they say sitting is the new smoking. What can I do?

If you're staying at the meeting hotel (Sheraton Seattle), you can work out in the hotel gym, which is located on the top floor and looks out onto a beautiful view of the city. Seattle also offers several great jogging routes, if you're looking to see some of the city as part of your fitness routine.

The meeting hasn't even started yet, but I'm already depressed thinking that it'll be all over by Nov. 5. What am I to do?

Be on the lookout for our post-meeting survey, where you can tell us how great we did and/or provide constructive feedback. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news in the history of science. Finally, start planning to come to HSS 2019, which, for the first time ever, will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands (23–27 July 2019). CFP incoming. (Please note that this is the HSS annual meeting, which means we won't be meeting in Nov 2019.)

I can't make heads or tails of this new meeting software. Where can I go for help?

Have you tried turning it off and on again? Seriously, though, we're here to help! You can try visiting our meeting software's tutorial page, contacting us, or go old school and give us a call: (574) 631-1195.

More questions? Contact us

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