G.M.F.W. Mededelingen

Afdeling Algemene Vorming
(Faculty of the Exact Sciences)

organizes a conference at

Thursday June 15th & Friday June 16th, 2000

in the Auditorium of the Main Building of the Vrije Universiteit


aanvullende informatie: Dit bericht werd aan alle leden van wie op 17 mei 2000 een elektronisch postadres bekend was verzonden.

On Thursday June 15th and Friday June 16th , 2000 a conference will be held in the `Auditorium' of the Main Building of the Vrije Universiteit on `The Changing Image of the Sciences', organized by the Afdeling Algemene Vorming (Faculty of the Exact Sciences).

In The Netherlands and elsewhere there is much interest and debate on the image of the sciences. In recent years the lack of interest by youth was blamed on an uninspiring, masculine, very technical, environment unfriendly image of the natural sciences in general. This conference will dig into the roots of these claims.
Todays images of science and technology are the product of their history. In the conference various aspects of this subject will be discussed, such as the self-image of the sciences, and the image of science according to the general public. Scientific illustrations are also part of the theme, so far as they are related to the self image or the public image of science and technology. For both days, scholars of various aspects of the theme from all over the world are invited. On Friday, staff members of the Free University will react to the lectures.
On Friday everybody is free to attend (part of) the program. There is no attendance fee.
Thursday's program aims at historians of science, but could also be of interest to other scholars, historians, science-philosophers and sociologists of science. There is also no attendance fee for Thursday.
For Thursday please apply by email no later than May 31: ellym@nat.vu.nl or by mail: E. Manenschijn, Afdeling Algemene Vorming, FEW, VU, De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam
The final program will be sent upon receipt of your application.

More information: http://www.few.vu.nl/afdelingen/AAV/onderzoek/