ICOHTEC 50th Annual Meeteing „Interdependencies. From Local Microstories to Global Perspectives on the History of Technology“

The 50th Symposium takes place in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia, from 14 to 18 August 2023. The conference is hosted by the Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu. The main theme of the symposium is “Interdependencies. From Local Microstories to Global Perspectives on the History of Technology”.

Further information is available on the conference website.

ICOHTEC2023 symposium programme will be finalized during July 2023

Please find the renewed programme draft as of July 1 HERE. 

Please take a closer look at the venues of ICOHTEC 50th ANNUAL MEETING IN ESTONIA. The exact timetables and instructions how to get to the locations will be updated in connection to finalizing the programme. 
Please note the section "Travel between Tallinn and Tartu on your own" in the end of this article. 

           TALLINN (Monday-Tuesday, August 14-15)

August 14-15, the first two days of the SYMPOSIUM will take place at the scenic TALTECH campus in Mustamäe, ca 8 km from the Tallinn city centre. TalTech is the only campus-type university in the Baltic countries and one of the most compact university campuses in Europe. The campus is a testbed for smart city developments and a home to over 50 high-tech companies. Self-driving cars, IoT solutions and other tangible technology transfer projects as smart elevators or smart road pavement are created here.
Evening of August 14, the KRANZBERG LECTURE and the WELCOME RECEPTION will be hosted at the historical ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES main building at Kohtu St 8 on the Dome Hill in the UNESCO-listed medieval OLD TOWN OF TALLINN. 
Evening of August 15, a traditional JAZZ NIGHT will take place in Tallinn city centre. (Incl. in the participation fee, but need pre-registration).

NORTH-EAST ESTONIA (Wednesday, August 16)
Estimated time of departure from Tallinn at 09:00 and reaching Tartu at 18:00 (19:00). 

August 16, a day-trip to the HISTORICAL INDUSTRIAL AND OIL SHALE MINING REGION IN THE NORTH-EAST OF ESTONIA. The day-trip also serves as a transfer from Tallinn to Tartu, includes site visits and lunch. The day-trip is not included in the symposium participation fee. 
Guided site visits to: 
- Kiviõli Keemiatööstus (KKT) is a company that has been operating for more than 100 years, and its main activities are oil shale mining and production of oil shale oil, heat and electricity. 
- Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) is a private Estonian large-scale industrial enterprise. We focus on oil shale mining, shale oil, combined heat and power production and production and marketing of fine chemical products.
We also see, how the historical and problematic oil shale mining landscape has been turned into a motivating sports and tourism region of Ida-Virumaa. 

TARTU (Thursday-Friday, August 17-18)
August 17-18, the 3rd and the 4th day of the SYMPOSIUM will be hosted by the Chair of Philosophy and Science, Department of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics of the UNIVERSITY OF TARTU. The symposium will take place in the PHILOSOPHICUM of the University of Tartu at Jakobi St 2 in Tartu, just round the corner from the main building of the University. 
Evening of August 17  will take place The GALA DINNER of the ICOHTEC 50th ANNUAL MEETING, in the award-winning ESTONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM. The event will start with a guided tour in the museum and is followed by a festive dinner. Bus transfer to and from the location will be provided by the organizers. 
Evening of August 18 are GUIDED TOURS at Tartu (incl. in the participation fee, but need pre-registration):
University of Tartu Museum  at 17:30-18:30.

The University of Tartu Museum in Tartu Cathedral was built from the 13th to 16th century. Today, the building has a European Heritage Label.  Our mission is to help people understand the value and role of the university and science. Exhibition “The University of Our Lives” tells the university’s story through four centuries. It is an exhibition about eternal youth and finding breakthroughs. We aimed to design a journey where the visitors feel immersed.  The cathedral’s Chamber of Mysteries has been open on the sixth floor of the University of Tartu Museum. Curious visitors can discover the seven mysteries of the cathedral in the Chamber of Mysteries. The exhibition has exciting discoveries for both children and adults.

Stargazing at the Observatory  at 22:00
Estonia’s first observatory, one of two Estonian cultural objects on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a unique building, where science has changed humanity’s understanding of the Earth and the universe. The exhibition halls tell about astronomy, geodesy and seismology. Visitors are greeted by historic telescopes of various sizes, the most special of which is the world-famous Fraunhofer lens telescope. The Old Observatory is in the heart of the city of Tartu – on the eastern slope of Toomemägi.


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