Statement on War in Ukraine

The president, officers, and undersigned council members of the Division of the History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology condemn the ongoing military actions against Ukraine directed by the government of the Russian Federation. Our deepest concern and sympathy go to our Ukrainian colleagues and all the people bearing the grim consequences of this war, and also to colleagues elsewhere who are suffering in silence or risking their lives to speak up. We know that in addition to the unacceptable loss of human life, wars devastate libraries, schools, universities, and all kinds of cultural institutions that are the material remnants of a people’s history and right to education. As an organization that traces its origins to the vision of scholars who experienced first hand the tragedy of two World Wars, the DHST is acutely aware that freedom of education, culture, and research are among the many rights presently being violated. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and our fellow scholars on both sides who are struggling to maintain their lives, livelihoods, and scholarship.

Marcos Cueto, Janet Browne, Hasok Chang, Liesbeth De Mol, Thoms Háddad, Takehiko Hashimoto, Xingbo Luo, Jahnavi Phalkey, Maria Rentetzi, Milada Sekyrková, Hamish Spencer

Aims of the ICHM

Founded in 2001 in Mexico City, the International Commission for the History of Meteorology (ICHM) has over 300 members from 49 countries. The ICHM is an official commission of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science. The Commission publishes a peer-reviewed journal, History of Meteorology, and regularly organizes and sponsors conferences and workshops. We have met in Washington D.C., the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, in Rio de Janeiro (2008 & 2017), and in a surprisingly sunny Manchester (2013)! Membership is free, and open to anyone with an interest in the history of meteorology and weather.

The ICHM is primarily a web-based organization, communicating by email and publishing electronically. We aim to:

  1. Promote the scholarly study of the history of meteorology, climatology, and related sciences including their social and cultural aspects;
  2. Facilitate international cooperation, communication, and friendship between historians and scientists;
  3. Organize symposia at the International Congresses of History of Science, to sponsor or co-sponsor other meetings of similar character, and to disseminate the proceedings of these meetings;
  4. Promote identification, collection, preservation, and access to historical materials;
  5. Encourage the compilation of international historical bibliography;
  6. Support the broader goals of the DHST/IUHPST and the International Science Council.