First Announcement

1st Conference of the International Academy of the History of Science
Athens, Greece, 12-15 September 2019

Science in Different Cultures and Civilizations
Towards a transcultural history of knowledge

The International Academy of the History of Science was founded in 1928 with the aim to prepare the first International Congress of History of Science in 1929 in Paris. At this Congress, its statutes were adopted defining it as an academic society gathering the most prominent specialists of the field and aiming at organizing and promoting history of science worldwide. Subsequently, the Academy has organized all international congresses of history of science until the fifth, held in 1947 in Lausanne, where, in a post-war context, the International Union of the History of Science was founded as an association of national committees which took over the task to organize the international congresses.

In order to revive the tradition of connecting specialists in a spirit of conviviality, the Academy launches a new series of international conferences to be held every four years, beginning from September 2019. We call all our members, as well as every historian of science, and particularly young scholars, to participate in this conference by presenting a paper and/or organizing a symposium. All relevant information and the calendar are published on the website of the first Conference of the AIHS-IAHS.


Efthymios Nicolaidis
IAHS permanent secretary

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  1. Dear Efthymios Nicolaidis,
    my name is Sergey Shalimov. I’ve tried today to upload the Symposia proposal several times and couldn’t do it because of mistake of the system. Could you help me please. The information about Symposia is below.
    Sergey Shalimov (St. Petersburg Branch of the Vavilov Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences)
    SAITO, Hirofumi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

    International Contacts of Soviet Science

    Nowadays, the problems of the international relationships in science, intellectual exchange and transnational research networks are of a great interest for the historians of science. In this context the international mobility and exchange of Russian researchers, specifically, in the Soviet period deserves special attention. As it is known, the process of “sovietization” of Russian science led to the “Iron Curtain”, which interrupted the relationships of Russian researchers with the international research community.
    The symposium is devoted to the development of international contacts of Soviet scientists in the field of three significant disciplines – genetics, physics and radiation study as an interdisciplinary field between physics and medicine. Specifically, we will try to shed new light on the indigenous development of the radiation effect study in the Soviet Union and the consequences of the Soviet scientists’ encounter with the Western way of research in this field behind the change of their attitude toward the radiation effect assessments in the early 1960s. Besides, we are going to discuss the exchange of thoughts between Soviet philosophers and a prominent Japanese physicist SAKATA Sho-ichi, who supported Marxist world view throughout his life and wrote an article on relationship between modern physics theories and dialectical materialism for a collected papers published in the Soviet Union. And then we will outline the development of international relationships of Soviet physics by taking as an example Tomsk physicists.
    Then we will analyze international contacts of Soviet geneticists. Similar as the common problems of Soviet science, the situation in this field of biology was aggravated after the notorious VASKhNIL session in 1948. We are going to talk about the exchange of Japanese geneticists with Soviet counterparts at the International Genetics Symposia in Kyoto and Tokyo in 1956 and pay special attention to Japanese Mendelian geneticists’ contacts to the followers of Trofim Lysenko, such as Ivan Glushchenko and Alexander Oparin. Finally, we will discuss the problems of the integration of Soviet geneticists in the international research community after Lysenko’s downfall (since the second half of 1960s).

    Keywords: international scientific contacts, Soviet science, “Iron Curtain”, genetics, physics, “Lysenkoism”

    The list of participants:
    1. ICHIKAWA, Hiroshi (Hiroshima University, Japan)
    “The Unsurmountable Wall”: The Soviet Study on Radiation Effects and the Encounter with the Western Research in the Late 1950s and the Early 1960s.

    2. KANAYAMA, Koji (Kyushu University, Japan)
    A Japanese Physicist Meets with Soviet Natural Philosophy: SAKATA Shoichi (1911-1970) and Dialectical Materialism.

    3. SAITO, Hirofumi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
    International Genetics Symposia in Kyoto and Tokyo 1956: Reconsidering Japanese Mendelian Geneticists’ Contacts with Soviet-Lysenkoite Delegation.

    4. Alexander Sorokin (University of Tyumen)
    “Per Aspera ad Astra”: International Academic Contacts of Tomsk Physicists during the Soviet Period.

    5. Sergey Shalimov (St. Petersburg Branch of the Vavilov Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences)
    International Contacts of Soviet Geneticists from the 1960s through the 1980s.

    1. Dear Sergey Shalimov

      Thank you for your message. We had some server and memory cache problems. They now are solved and everything should work (almost…) fine. Please give a new try and tell us if this is OK.

      You can also reach me at since messages here are hidden.

      All best wishes,

      Yanis Bitsakis, on behalf Efthymios Nicolaidis.

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