Workshop: Histories of Science, Medicine, Technology, and Environment (Week 2)

HSMT & Environmental History workshop

Du Bois Herbarium in the Oxford University Herbaria by Madeline White


Wednesdays, Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8, 13:30-15:00

Seminar Room, Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, 47 Banbury Road


The workshop in history of science, medicine, technology, and environment invites postgraduates and ECRs to present their works-in-progress to a group of their peers. Casual, yet constructive, we aim to foster a strong research community of the many scholars who already exist within the University. Presenters are invited to submit a work in progress for review (with the option to pre-circulate), and receive an hour of feedback and conversation. Topics for review can include a thesis chapter, draft article, conference presentation, etc.

madeline white workshop coffee pineapple upside down cake

Sessions typically consist of socialising over coffee and cake, a short presentation of 15-20 minutes, and 45 minutes+ of conversation. Coffee, tea, and baked goods (see example) are included.


1 May (Week 2):

Thomas Kelsey (Oxford Policy Engagement Network)
'Policy engagement for historians'

Tom Kelsey, the Humanities and Public Policy Officer within the Oxford Policy Engagement Network ( will lead a session about policy engagement for DPhil and early career historians. He will outline the workings of the policy world, discuss the ways in which historians have policy impact, and reflect on his own experiences at the interface of policy and academia. Tom, who has a PhD in History, has worked with leading think-tanks such as the Resolution Foundation and the Institute for Government. Previous to his current post, he was an ESRC Policy and Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government working with civil servants from the Cabinet Office.