HISTELCON 2015, the IEEE Region 8 History Conference, will be held on 18 and 19 August at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel. It is being co-sponsored by the IEEE Israel Section and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center. The schedule is now available, and registration is now open.

HISTELCON 2015, the 4th in its series (after HISTELCON 2008 in Paris, HISTELCON 2010 in Madrid, and HISTELCON 2012 in Pavia), is organized by the IEEE Israel Section and IEEE Region 8 in cooperation with the IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center. This time, it is also being held together with the 42nd International Symposium of ICOHTEC, the International Committee for the History of Technology. ICOHTEC runs at the same location from 16 to 20 August. Registration for HISTELCON entitles one to attend all ICOHTEC sessions and events as well.

In addition, at the end of the two conferences, the IEEE Israel Section is sponsoring a special one-day symposium on "Israel High-Tech: 1955 - 2015 -- Historical Perspectives. View the program here (DOC, 102 KB).

Conference objectives

The main objective of both conferences (HISTELCON and ICOHTEC) is to analyze the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific, and military impact of “high-technologies,” ranging from recent and contemporary developments such as nanotechnology through to innovations that were state-of-the-art in their own time, such as the steam engine. The campus of Tel Aviv University and the surrounding areas, with their intensive high-tech activities, offers an excellent venue for this meeting.

The specific role of HISTELCON is to focus on the history of high-tech within IEEE’s areas of interest. As always, HISTELCON welcomes all papers on the history of IEEE’s areas of interest, but those casting the subject as relating to being cutting-edge within its temporal and cultural contexts are particularly welcome.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed.

Special sessions and panels

Proposals to organize a special session and/or a Discussion Panel on a specific subject (e.g., related to an IEEE Technical Society) are welcome. Special session presentation abstracts will be reviewed in a similar way to regular presentations. The duration of a session or a panel discussion is planned to be 90 minutes, but there will be flexibility based on the submissions.