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Charles Lyell’s Internationally Significant Notebooks Have Been Secured

As Volume 38 Number 2 of Earth Sciences History is going to press, we have learned from The University of Edinburgh that Charles Lyell’s notebooks have been secured. According to Jeremy Upton, The University of Edinburgh Library and Collections Director, the remarkable notebooks belonging to Charles Lyell have been acquired by The University of Edinburgh and will join its collections following a successful fund-raising campaign which raised nearly £1 million. More than 1,000 individuals contributed to the campaign, and those funds, combined with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and a contribution from Edinburgh University, successully secured the notebooks. This acquisition represents one of the most significant additions to the archive collections of the University of Edinburgh University in a generation. The 294 notebooks, once catalogued and digitised, will be freely available to the public.

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, writes on the website listed below, that Charles Lyell “influenced generations of scientists through his popular books and lectures and is credited with providing the framework that helped Darwin develop his evolutionary theories. Although written in the Victorian era, the works also shed light on current concerns, including climate change and threats to biodiversity. They also explore the meanings of so-called ‘deep time’– the concept of geological time first described by the Scottish geologist James Hutton in the 18th century.”

Read more about the successful campaign at the following website:



Gaining Access to the Buffon and Lamarck Websites Hosted by the CNRS of France

Pietro Corsi of the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology has sent out the following appeal:

The CNRS is now limiting access to the Buffon and Lamarck websites to people who ask for a code. Would it be possible to publish a short message on distribution lists for the history of science or eighteenth-century studies, or whatever list that might be interested, saying:

"Due to malevolent hacker attacks, access to the  http://www.buffon.cnrs.fr/ and the http://www.lamarck.cnrs.fr websites is now restricted to colleagues who have asked for a password. This is very easy to obtain: please write to: buffon@huma-num.fr asking for your

codes, and within a day you will gain access. The code will be the same for both websites. Sorry for the complication and thanks for your support to the work of scores of colleagues who are faced with unreasonable cuts and bureaucratic insensitivity to the project of sharing primary sources, prosopographic databases, manuscripts and herbaria worldwide."

I am desperately trying to save 20 years of work.  All the best for now,

Pietro Corsi

Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (OCHSMT)
45-47 Banbury Road
OX2 6P2
tel. 0044 1865 274 613


AGI is recuiting reviewers for teaching materials developed by the NSF-funded interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) project, which is operated by the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College. The InTeGrate project has developed innovative teaching materials, primarily for college classrooms that link teaching about the Earth to grand challenges facing society. The materials are being made available on the internet without cost for use in geoscience instruction. Cathy Manduca, Director of SERC, has asked AGI to spread the word that there is a need for geoscience professionals to volunteer to review the scientific content of the InTeGrate materials as they are prepared to be published on the InTeGrate website. Individuals can sign up to review materials online bu visiting the SERC website at Carleton College. Contact Stuart Birnbaum (stuart.birnbaum@sbcglobal.net) with any questions. 


  • 2019 3rd International Congress on Stratigraphy (STRATI), Milan, Italy, 2–5 July, session on History of Stratigraphy in Italian Environments (17th–20th Centuries), sponsored by INHIGEO
  • 2019 44th INHIGEO Symposium, Varese–Como, Italy, 2–12 September; www.inhigeo.com/symposia.html
  • 2019 Geological Society of America (GSA), History and Philosophy of Geology Division (HAPG), Phoenix, Arizona, 22–25 September
  • 2020 45th INHIGEO Symposium, New Delhi, India, 2–8 March; (with 36th International Geological Congress); https://www.36igc.org/
  • 2020 GSA-HAPG, Montréal, Québec, Canada, 25–28 October
  • 2021 46th INHIGEO Symposium, Poland
  • 2021 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST), Prague, 25–31 July, organized by IUHPST/DHST
  • 2021 GSA-HAPG, Portland, Oregon, 10–13 October
  • 2022 47th INHIGEO Symposium, Russia
  • 2022 GSA-HAPG, Denver, Colorado, 9–12 October
  • 2023 48th INHIGEO Symposium, TBD
  • 2023 GSA-HAPG, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15–18 October
  • 2024 49th INHIGEO Symposium, South Korea (with 37th International Geological Congress)
  • 2024 GSA-HAPG, Anaheim, California, 22–25 September
  • 2025 GSA-HAPG, San Antonio, Texas, 19–22 October
  • 2026 GSA-HAPG, Denver, Colorado, 11–14 October 

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The editors of HoST- Journal of History of Science and Technology are looking for proposals for two thematic issues to be published in 2020 (HoST volume 14, issues 1 and 2). 
Deadline: 30 May, 2018
Weblink: http://ciuhct.org/pt/call-thematic-issue-2020-host