Scientific Instrument Commission

Survey for participation in the SIC Symposium in Dunedin, New Zealand, 29 June – 5 July 2025

If you’re thinking of attending the 2025 Symposium, either in person or online, please complete the survey by 25 April 2024 to help us plan our sessions. See the calendar entry for 29 June 2025 for the survey link


We have a limited number of fixed rate grants to help students and early career scholars attend the Symposium in Ottawa. See the calendar entry for 16 September 2024 for details.


The Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC) encourages and promotes scholarly research on the history of scientific instruments. The SIC encourages preservation and documentation of collections of instruments and their use within the wider discipline of the history of science. To promote interest in the history of instruments the SIC holds annual symposia in different parts of the world, usually where there are important collections of instruments or centres of research and teaching.


SIC 2023 Conference participants

How can I get involved?

The Scientific Instrument Commission is a free-membership organization. You can join us by participating in our events and joining the RETE mailing list. Click here for more details.

Upcoming Events

XLIII Scientific Instrument Symposium
The 43rd Scientific Instrument Symposium will be held in Ottawa, Canada from 16 – 20 September 2024 at…
Online Seminar – Day 1
Pexels/ Photo by Julia M Cameron Speakers to be confirmed More details and registration information will…
Online Seminar – Day 2
Pexels/ Photo by Julia M Cameron Speakers to be confirmed More details and registration information will…

Upcoming Events

XLIII Scientific Instrument Symposium
The 43rd Scientific Instrument Symposium will be held in Ottawa, Canada from 16 – 20 September 2024 at…
Online Seminar – Day 1
Pexels/ Photo by Julia M Cameron Speakers to be confirmed More details and registration information will…
Online Seminar – Day 2
Pexels/ Photo by Julia M Cameron Speakers to be confirmed More details and registration information will…