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Manchester to host unique gathering of scholars

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Historians from the fields of science, technology and medicine will travel to Manchester next month for The International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (ICHSTM) - the largest ever meeting of its kind.
The seven day congress - which takes place every four years - will come to The University of Manchester on 22 – 28 July 2013 and is expected to attract 1,800 delegates.

Previous meetings have been held in Mexico City (2001), Beijing (2005) and Budapest (2009). The theme for the Manchester symposium is ‘Knowledge at Work’ - a topic which will see 1,600 individual papers presented within 434 themed sessions over the course of the week.

During the congress there will be organised visits to places of interest for delegates, including: the Museum of Science and Industry; Jodrell Bank Observatory; Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate; and Chatsworth in Derbyshire.

The congress was secured for Manchester through a joint approach between Visit Manchester, The University of Manchester’s conference office and Manchester Conference Ambassador Dr Jeff Hughes.  

It has an anticipated economic impact of approximately £5.5m.

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: “Manchester is internationally recognised as a groundbreaking city for science and medicine, boasting an unrivalled history of firsts and a world-class community represented by its fantastic universities and hubs such as Manchester Science Parks. “Manchester is the natural host of a conference of this nature and we’re looking forward to welcoming delegates to the city next month”.

Dr Jeff Hughes, Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Technology at The University of Manchester said: “ICHSTM will be an amazing festival of the history of science, technology and medicine. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the city to host and engage with the most cutting-edge research on science, technology and medicine from the earliest times to the present, and to explore its contemporary relevance thorough direct conversation with world experts in the field.”

Throughout the week of the congress, there will be a programme of public events ranging from themed entertainment to debates and discussions on issues that have shaped the scientific past and present.

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