51st Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology

Harvard University, History of Science Department
Saturday, April 2, 2016.

The Joint Atlantic Seminar series offers the opportunity for graduate students in the history of the life sciences to present their work to a well-informed audience in an informal and encouraging setting.  JAS-Bio has fostered a long tradition of collegiality amongst historians of biology along the eastern seaboard including the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.  Now in its sixth decade, it was the venue where many of today’s senior participants gave their first academic talk.

For attendees who are able to arrive on Friday afternoon, there will be a tour of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology followed by an informal welcoming reception.  A dinner in a nearby restaurant will be held on Saturday evening after the presentations.

Attendance at the seminar is free for graduate students.  Registration is required.  Faculty who plan to attend will be asked for a registration fee to help defray the expenses of our attending speakers.

Students who would like to present a paper should send a title, name and address, and one-page abstract to Laura Martin by email to: lauramartin@fas.harvard.edu

To register, please send an email to Janet Browne (jbrowne@fas.harvard.edu) containing your name, institutional affiliation and contact information, and whether you expect to attend the Saturday evening dinner. 

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS IS 28 FEBRUARY 2016. Applicants will be notified by 6 March.


For more information on the history of the Joint Atlantic Seminar, see Mary P. Winsor’s article in Isis, 1999, 90:S219-S225.


JAS Bio 2015, Celebrating 50 years of exchanging scholarship in the history of biology
JAS Bio 2015, Celebrating 50 years of exchanging scholarship in the history of biology