The Leeds HPS Centre frequently hosts a diverse range of events, from small specialist seminars and workshops to large international conferences to public lectures. These are sometimes held in association with leading professional organisations, in which several staff are heavily involved.  Recent high-profile events have included a conference on intellectual property and the technosciences (2010) and a workshop on skill in early-modern science (2011). 

For more information, see past events for more examples.


The main seminar series (see HPS Centre Seminar Series) takes place fortnightly with visiting speakers from the UK and overseas.  A weekly work-in-progress seminar (see HPS Work-in-Progress Seminar) allows staff and postgraduates the opportunity to present and respond to current research work in a more informal setting. 

Members of the Centre also benefit from seminars organized by the Department of Philosophy and its other constituent research centres (Metaphysics and Mind, Ethics and Metaethics, Aesthetics), by the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, and by other groups in the Faculty and beyond.

Postgraduates in the Centre also present papers at a weekly Postgraduate Seminar series.

Reading Groups

At any one time, numerous informal reading groups are under way in the centre, covering various aspects of research in the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine.  At present, there are groups in History and Philosophy of Biology, Integrated HPS, Philosophy of Science, Telecommunications History, and Science and Print Culture in Late Georgian Britain.  For more information see the Reading Groups page.