Monthly Archives: October 2014

One day exhibition : Wadham College books in the age of John Wilkins

17 October 2014 9:00am — 7:45pm

A display in the Proscholium of the Bodleian Library, consisting of six early science books from the collections of Wadham College, centred around the life and work of the free-thinking polymath John Wilkins, Wadham’s sixth Warden from 1648–1659, and a key figure in the founding of the Royal Society of London in 1660. The display is one of several activities to mark the 400th anniversary of John Wilkins’s birth.

All of the books on display were in the college’s collections in Wilkins’s time. Included in the display is the first edition of De Revolutionibus (1543) by Copernicus, as well as three works by Wilkins, and another from his own private library.

Admission is free

Open Access Week 2014 at Oxford

Open Access Week 2014 at Oxford

International Open Access Week is now in its 7th year. Visit the OAO website for the programme (20th-24th October), for University staff and students:

1. Open Access, Open Data Publication Platform from Nature Publishing Group: Better Data = Better Science.

Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone (Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre and Honorary Academic Editor, NPG Scientific Data). The rise of open data-centric research and publication enterprises. Data sharing practices in life sciences and the importance of making yours more easily reusable. Susanna is a co-founder of BioSharing (reproducible research) and blogs about Open Data on the Guardian Higher Education Network.

Monday 20th October 2014, 2-3pm, Radcliffe Science Library. Book a place.

2. Open Access Oxford — What’s Happening? (iSkills).

Craig Finlay and Juliet Ralph (Bodleian Libraries). A briefing on OA publishing and Oxford’s position: how to comply with funder mandates inc. new HECFE policy for post-2014 REF.

Tuesday 21st October 2014, 12-1pm, Radcliffe Science Library. Book a place.

3. How Can the Wellcome Trust Help You With Open Access?

Pamela Reid (Wellcome Trust) and Eli Harriss (Bodleian Libraries). Tell the Trust what you need.

Tuesday 21st October 2014, 3-4pm, Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus. Drop-in session with tea.

4. The Open Library of Humanities: Gold Open Access for the Humanities Without Author-Facing Charges.

Dr Martin Eve (Lecturer in English, University of Lincoln and OLH Co-Founder). OLH is ‘a project exploring a PLOS-style model for the humanities and social sciences’. Martin is on the JISC OAPEN-UK project committee, chief editor of Orbit, and writes about Open Access for the Guardian Higher Education Network.

Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 2-3pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, (Lecture Room). Book a place.

5. Your Thesis, Copyright and ORA (iSkills).

Sarah Barkla and Jason Partridge (Bodleian Libraries). How to deposit your thesis in ORA without infringing third-party copyright : essential guidance for DPhil students.

Thursday 23rd October 2014, 10-11am, Manor Road Building (Seminar Room C). Book a place.

6. The new Charity Open Access Fund (COAF): What Researchers Need to Know.

Margaret Hurley (Wellcome Trust). For researchers funded by Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Friday 24th October 2014, 11.30am-12.30pm, Cairns Library, John Radcliffe Hospital. Book a place.

Download the programme (pdf).

Wellcome Unit Seminar, Monday 13th October

Michaelmas Term 2014 Seminar Series
‘Disease, Health, and Medicine since 1800’
Convener: Professor Mark Harrison, University of Oxford

Week 1 – 13 October

Mark Honigsbaum, Queen Mary University London

Karl Friedrich Meyer and the birth of modern ideas of disease ecology

Karl Friedrich Meyer (1884-1974) "The Pasteur of the 20th century"

Karl Friedrich Meyer (1884-1974)
“The Pasteur of the 20th century”


Mark Honigsbaum is a medical and cultural historian specialising in the history of infectious disease. Educated at New College, Oxford, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, he completed his PhD at the School of History in 2007. Prior to rejoining QMUL, he was a research associate at the Institute of the History of Medicine in Zurich.

An expert on epidemics and pandemics, he the author of four books, including a global history of malaria and a social history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. His current research  focuses on a group of infectious disease experts working at the intersection of experimental medicine and public health in the middle decades of the 20th century and is best described as a study of the intellectual origins of modern  ideas of disease ecology. He am also a regular contributor to The Lancet and The Observer, where he writes widely on health, science and contemporary culture.

Selected Publications

A History of the Great Influenza Pandemics: Death, Panic, and Hysteria, 1830-1920
London: I. B. Tauris Academic, 2013.

Living With Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

The Fever Trail: The Hunt For the Cure for Malaria
London: Macmillan, 2001.

Seminars begin at 2.15 prompt. Coffee is served from 2pm. Please note there is no parking available at The Unit.
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

Opening hours w/b 06/10/14

Due to staffing pressures resulting from new student inductions, our hours will be curtailed this week. We will be staffed Monday and Tuesday, 2.15pm-5pm, and unstaffed the rest of the week. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday 14th October. Please get in touch in advance of any visit, or for any other enquiries.

Ada Lovelace – Wikipedia Editathon – Tuesday 14 October

The University of Oxford’s IT Services, Bodleian Libraries and Wikimedia UK are organising an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 14 October 2014. The editathon will take place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford from 2-5pm, and will include some basic training by a trainer from Wikimedia UK. This exciting event aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the role of women in science by developing the existing online coverage of this important area.

The event is open to anyone; no Wiki editing experience is necessary, though experienced editors are very welcome; tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.

Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer, and Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.

So come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of the role of women in science!

  • Date: 2-5pm, Tuesday 14 October 2014  (If you can’t be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.)
  • Venue: IT Services, University of Oxford
  • Booking Link:
  • Cost: Free!