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IV International Workshop "A Comparative Study of Nuclear Energy Programs from the 1940s until the 1970s"

IV International Workshop "A Comparative Study of Nuclear Energy Programs from the 1940s until the 1970s"

23.03.2015

Organized by the History of Science Unit, UPF 
Barcelona, May 7-8, 2015 
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Campus Ciutadella - Room 40.035 (Sala de Graus Albert Calsamiglia)

Sponsored by MINECO - HAR2012-39260

Invited speakers

  • John Dimoia, NUS (Singapur)
  • Ivaylo Hristov, Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski" (Bulgaria)
  • A. Vinod Kumar, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (India)
  • Gisela Mateos, UNAM (Mexico)
  • Edna Suárez Díaz, UNAM (Mexico)
  • Đuro Miljanić Institut Ruđer Bošković (Croatia)
  • Carlo Patti, Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil)
  • Albert Presas i Puig, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Maria Rentetzi, National Technical University of Athens / Universität Wien (Greece - Austria) 

Workshop Description

The birth and diffusion of nuclear science and technology are probably  among the most far-reaching and significant changes in the organizational forms, social and economic role, structure, and contents of science and technology during the 20th century. The complexity and demands of the nuclear energy option in terms of technology, industry, economics and politics constitute strong enough reasons to examine it from a wide variety of perspectives. The aim of interdisciplinary historical reflection on the development of the atomic programs which is proposed in this Conference is to make a paradigmatic contribution to the generation of a framework of analysis  for the assessment of new policies of technological development in general, and of that of energy in particular. 

From this point of view, it is important to think over the nature of  the nuclear development programs between the 1950s and the 1980s in  order to determine their internal dynamics, to establish their  defining characteristics and to be able to bring the results to the  present-day discussion. The aim of the Conference is to provide a  comparative historical and systematic study of the development and impact of nuclear programs in those European countries which hoped to reach higher levels of industrial and economic development by fostering nuclear power during the post-war period. This Conference will help to show the historical character of processes of technological development, as well as the need to deploy co-ordinated economic theories and models in order to understand historical processes of techno-scientific and industrial development in contemporary societies. Because of the characteristics of nuclear energy, the results of this Conference will be of great interest to politicians, the administrators of scientific and industrial policies, sociologists of science and technology, historians of technology and science and of economics, and general historians of 20th-Century.                                                          

Programme 

IV International Workshop "A Comparative Study of Nuclear Energy Programs from the 1940s until the 1970s" organized by the History of Science Unit, UPF Barcelona, May 7-8, 2015 

May 7 

03:00 PM-03:30 PM 
Albert Presas i Puig, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) 
Wellcome 

03:30 PM-04:15 PM 
John Dimoia, NUS (Singapur) 
Nuclear energy in South Corea 

04:15 PM-05:00 PM 
A. Vinod Kumar, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (India) 
Nuclear energy in India

05:00 PM-05:30 PM 
Coffee break

05:30 PM-06:15 PM 
Đuro Miljanić , Institut Ruđer Bošković (Croatia) 
Nuclear energy in Jugoslavia

06:15 PM-07:00 PM 
Ivaylo Hristov, Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski" (Bulgaria) 
Nuclear energy in Bulgaria

07:30 PM 
Dinner 

May 8 

09:00 AM-09:45 AM 
Carlo Patti, Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil) 
Nuclear energy in Brazil 

09:45 AM-10:30 AM 
Gisela Mateos, UNAM (Mexico) - Edna Suárez Díaz , UNAM (Mexico) 
Nuclear energy in Mexico

10:30 AM-11:00 AM 
Coffee break

11:00 AM-11:45 AM  
Maria Rentetzi, National Technical University Athen / Universität Wien 
IAEA and its role in national nuclear programs

11:45 AM-12:30 AM 
Conclusions

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