Padua 2017

University of Padua, 19-22 April 2017

Keynotes: Paula Findlen (Stanford), Claire Preston (London), Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre)

The sixth annual Scientiae conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800) will take place at the University of Padua, 19-22 April 2017. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World, headed by Prof. Gianluigi Baldo.

Scientiae 2017 will be made possible thanks to the generous support of the University of Padua and the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), whose sponsorship we gratefully acknowledge.



Organising Committee

Convenor: Prof Giovanni Silvano (Padua)
Scientiae Liason Officer: Dr Vittoria Feola (Padua/Oxford)
Other committee members: Prof Maurizio Rippa Bonati (Padua); Dr Fabio Zampieri (Padua); Dr Alberto Zanatta (Padua); Dr Luca Guariento (Glasgow/Oxford), Mr Federico Barco (Padua)

Registration closed

Registration for the Padua conference has now closed. The conference fee of EUR 180 includes four days of conference and lunches on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There is also a conference banquet on Friday evening at an additional EUR 20. Click here to go to the registration page. .

We would like to draw your attention to possibility of adding a (small) gift to your payment. We will use these gifts to hand out additional bursaries to those who would otherwise be hard-pressed to make it to Padua. Your gift can make a difference!


The definitive programme is now available, and be found here. Please note that the online programme will at times be updated.

  • The conference opens on 19 April, 15:00, Palazzo del Bo.  After the welcome addresses the Scientiae team will give an imporant brief and officially launch PRISCA. We will then hear our first keynote, followed by a reception.
  • 20-22 April, from 8:45 onward we will have series of parallel sessions in the Botanic Garden and at the Antonianum Jesuits’ Centre.
  • Conference Dinner on 21 April at the Ristorante Isola di Caprera, 19:30-23:00.
  • All venues are in the historic city centre.

Tours and workshops

During the conference there will be daily guided tours of the Botanical Gardens, a tour of the Museum of the History of Physics on the 21st, and a workshop titled “In the Footsteps of Galileo”, each allowing a limited number of participants.

Botanic garden tours will be taking place in groups of up to 30 participants per group, two groups per day, daily after lunch (20-21-22 April). Tours will last one and a half hours. Participants can opt for English- or Italian speaking tours, and the cost will be 3 euro per participant.

The workshop, organised by Stephen Johnston (University of Oxford) and Sofia Talas (University of Padua), will be held in the Museum of the History of Physics, University of Padua. The participants will rework some Galilean experiments with replicas of Galileo’ s original apparatus, such as a 6-meters inclined plane and a water clock. They will then examine some of the Museum of the History of Physics’ eighteenth-century apparatus to discuss the shift from investigative experiments to didactic demonstrations.

In order to register for one of the tours or workshop, please use the main registration page here and log on using the credentials you created when you registered for the conference.


We will have a number of bursaries available for students, early career scholars, and those whose financial situation might prevent them from attending the conference. The bursaries will cover either registration fees, or registration fees plus travel allowance. There is no formal grant application form. Accepted speakers should register first, but also send a single email to scientiaepadua [at] expressing their interest in one of the available grants.

We initially communicated we would announce the grants before the conference, but due to several unforeseen conferences, grants will be announced after the conference. We apologize for the delay.


If you would like to book your accommodation through Scientiae, please use the following link and fill in your details.

Alternatively, there are the usual options such as and Tripadvisor.


We warmly invite publishing houses to be part of Scientiae 2017 and present their materials on Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday (20-22 April). The registration fee will be EUR 100 for one day, or EUR 250 for all three. Please find the publishers’ registration link here.

If you have questions regarding registration and/or accommodation, please liaise with our Conference Officer, mr. Gerry Schneider.

Acceptance letter

Those who need an acceptance letter to provide their department with, can find one here (to be completed by the participant): Padua Acceptance

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made before 4 April, 2017 will receive 100% of the registration fee. Cancellations after that date can not be refunded.

Notification of cancellations must be in written form and adressed to Eventmanagement of University of Vienna (Mail: bzw. Fax +43 1 4277-17699)

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