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International Symposium by the Académie des sciences in cooperation with Université de Lorraine based on a project funded by the National Academy of Sciences, the Académie des sciences and the Royal Society

Date: Thursday, 8. to Friday, 9. June 2017
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Location: Université de Lorraine, Bâtiment ISGMP, Île du Saulcy, F-57000 Metz

Evaluating the multiple roles played by the Academies during the war is difficult. However, the Academies did clearly take their whole share in the mobilization of material, human and intellectual resources needed for the conduct of the war. Which proper responsibilities, modes of action and influence did they assume? In which scientific or technical domains were they more particularly active? Although the subject of science, especially chemistry, in the Great War has attracted a good deal of attention in recent years, the role of academies in the conflict has been little studied.

Following an inaugural conference, held under the auspices of the Academia Leopoldina in Halle in 2014, two further conferences are planned for the spring of 2017 and the autumn of 2018 to continue work in this neglected area. Like the initial gathering in Halle, the conferences in 2017 and 2018 will be broad in their international coverage, and they will seek to maintain a strongly comparative focus. They will take account of the full range of the sciences and technology, including the medical sciences, and set the work of academies in a broad context embracing the relations between the diverse military, industrial, and political elements that bore on the conduct of the war.

Image: University Library Leuven, destroyed. University Archive, KU Leuven

Further information and registration

The event is open to everyone. Entrance is free. A registration is not required.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Rainer Godel
Project Director, Centre for Science Studies
E-Mail: rainer.godel@leopoldina.org
Tel.: 0345 / 47 239 -115

Prof. Dr. Claude Debru
E-Mail: claude.debru@ens.fr

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