*This is an in-person event with online streaming capabilities.*

This conference is the fourth in the series following the first three, which were held at Trinity College, Cambridge UK in 2014, Pöllau, Austria in 2016 and San Sebastian, Spain in 2018. It will be the first to be formally overseen by an International Advisory Committee* which is recognised by the Institute of Physics and the European Physical Society.

The conference was to have been held in June 2020 but has been postponed twice on account of the Covid pandemic. Owing to the uncertainty of the situation a virtual conference was held on 4th June 2021 but now with the easing of the Covid threat we are pleased to say that it can now go ahead this year, primarily as a face-to-face meeting but there will be the option of virtual attendance. 

The aim, as with all these conferences, is to bring together physicists interested in the history of their subject and professional historians of science in the belief that proponents of the two disciplines, with their different perceptions and methodologies, can benefit from interaction and discourse.

Student attendance and participation will be encouraged in the firm belief that a study of the history of the subject can inspire future generations by informing them about the lives and work of great scientists, and also facilitate a better understanding of topics that present conceptual problems today just as they did to their discoverers.

Inspired by the recent centenary of two major landmarks in modern physics – nomination of the proton as a fundamental nuclear particle and discovery of the bending of light in a gravitational field – the leading theme of the present conference will be ‘On the Road to Modern Physics’

* Members of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) are listed under the Committees' tab above.


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Key dates

Extended Poster submission deadline:

6 May 2022 Midday

Early registration deadline:

13 May 2022

Registration deadline:

27 May 2022