Gordon Cain Conference

The Gordon Cain Conference is an annual conference for scholars in the history of science and related fields.


Centered on a topic chosen by the conference organizer, the conference consists of an evening public lecture, a symposium, and a collected volume. It is hosted by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and supported by a generous gift from Gordon Cain.

Cain Conference 2018

Where to Put It All? Some Thoughts about Collections, Museums, and History
April 18


Past Cain Conferences

1998−2017

2017

Chemistry in the Americas, 1500−1800

My Data, My Self: A Century of Self-Tracking Health Technologies

2016

Life in the Universe: Past and Present

Organized by David DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum

See photos from the Cain Conference public lecture.

2015

Curators, Popularizers, and Showmen: Science in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Exhibitions and Museums

Organized by Bernard Lightman, York University

See photos from the Cain Conference public lecture.

2014

Chemical Reactions: Chemistry and Global History

Organized by Lissa Roberts, University of Twente

2013

Sensing Change: Environmental Issues in Art and Science

Organized by Dehlia Hannah, Arizona State University

2012

E pluribus unum: Bringing Biological Parts and Wholes into Philosophical Perspective

Organized by Lynn Nyhart, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Scott Lidgard, Field Museum of Natural History

2011

Chemical Weather and Chemical Climate: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective

Organized by Jim Fleming, Colby College

Read the collected volume.

2010

Personalizing Medicine Here and Now: Empirical Studies of Post-Genomic Medicine

Organized by Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University

See photos from the conference on Flickr.

2009

Technology Transfer and Diffusion in Comparative Perspective

Organized by Bruce Seely, Michigan Technological University

2008

The Dilemma of Dual Use

Organized by Roy McLeod, University of Sydney

2007

New Chemical Bodies

Organized by Jody Roberts, Science History Institute

2006

Towards a History and Philosophy of Expertise

Organized by Christopher Hamlin, University of Notre Dame

2005

Nano before There Was Nano: Historical Perspectives on the Constituent Communities of Nanotechnology

Organized by Cyrus Mody, Cornell University

2004

City, Industry, and Environment in Transatlantic Perspective

Organized by Donna Rilling, State University of New York at Stony Brook

2003

Risk and Safety in Medical Innovation

Organized by Arthur Daemmrich, Cornell University

2002

Industry and Governance: Changing Relations among Science-Based Corporations, Government, and the Public

Organized by Arthur Daemmrich, Cornell University

2001

The Chemical Industry and the Environment

Organized by Christian W. Simon, University of Basel, Switzerland

1999

Pharmaceutical Innovation: Revolutionizing Human Health

Organized by David B. Sicilia, University of Maryland

1998

The Twentieth-Century American Chemical Industry

Organized by Stephen B. Adams, Lucent Technologies