CHMC Advisory Board

Note on recent changes:  Due to retirements and changes in professional activity, several members of the previous CHMC Executive Council and the CHMC Advisory Board have asked to be relieved of their duties.  These changes have taken effect in 2011; since its meeting in Paris in June 2011, the Advisory Board has a new committee structure.  Officers of the Executive Council, as noted above, are simultaneously chairs of the Advisory Board committees designated by their titles (descriptions of committee activities are noted below).  The president is ex offcio member of all committees and chair of the Website Committee. Terms of all officers, including the president, will expire at the end of the year in which the International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine meets; appointments may be renewed.  Current board members who are not committee chairs and who wish to remain active members of the Advisory Board are encouraged to join one of the existing committees, in order to better contribute to the work of CHMC.  Committee chairs also have the right to recruit additional committee members, in consultation with the president.  At each International Congress, and at other conferences as may be appropriate, the president will convene all members of the Executive Council and of the currently existing committees of CHMC to meet as the Advisory Board.  At the Congress meeting, the Board will nominate and elect a new president, who will then, in consultation with the Board, appoint the officers of the Executive Council, all of course subject to approval by the IUHPS/DHST Council.

Committees of the Advisory Board for 2011-2013:

Committee on disciplinary and professional history (chair:  Prof. Bensaude-Vincent)

        Task:  to keep the CHMC informed on recent developments in the areas of responsibility as related to modern chemistry (since c. 1900), especially in regard to upcoming conferences and symposia in which CHMC may be an appropriate participant or co-sponsor

Committee on history of instrumentation, laboratories, and industrial relations (chair: Prof. Carsten Reinhardt)

        Task:  to keep the CHMC informed on recent developments in the areas of responsibility as related to modern chemistry (since c. 1900) , especially in regard to upcoming conferences and symposia in which CHMC may be an appropriate participant or co-sponsor

Committee on development and outreach (chair: Prof. Furukawa)

        Task:  to promote closer relations between CHMC and historians of chemistry in geographical areas currently underrepresented in CHMC, e.g. China, India, Latin America, and the Middle East)

Committee on symposium and congress planning (chair:  Dr. Van Tiggelen)

        Task:  to coordinate CHMC interactions with related organizations in planning independent symposia as well as the scientific symposium of the next international congress for history of science, technology, and medicine; the committee will assist the president in selecting a chair and members for the CHMC program committee for the next symposium, and the committee will assist the program committee in planning the symposium

Committee on documentation, museums and archival relations (chair: Dr. Fauque)

        Task:  to follow up on the work of the Paris symposium and to assist the president in the preparing the publication of the symposium proceedings; to keep the CHMC informed on recent developments in the areas of responsibility as related to modern chemistry (since c. 1900), especially in regard to upcoming conferences and symposia in which CHMC may be an appropriate participant or co-sponsor

Program Committee for the XXIV International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, 2013 (chair: to be announced)

        Task:  in cooperation with the president and the VP for symposium and congress planning, to develop a theme for the CHMC symposium, to issue a call for papers, to review proposals, and to decide on speakers for the symposium

Website Committee (chair:  Prof. Johnson)

        Task:  to maintain the CHMC website (chmcweb.org) and ensure not only that it provides a record of CHMc activities, but also links to as many related organizations as possible, including SHAC, HSS, ACS-HIST, SHOT, BSHS, SCF-Club d’histoire de la chimie, etc.

Forthcoming meetings:

Enquiries should be sent to Prof. Jeffrey Johnson, jeffrey.johnson@villanova.edu , Dept. of History, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA.

CHMC is currently organizing sessions for the International Conference on History of Chemistry on "Chemical Biography in the 21st Century" at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, 9-12 September 2015 (information here), and the History of Science Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, 19-22 November 2015 (information here). More details on the sessions will be posted when available.