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On 28 February 2013, the ESF-DRUGS networking programme officially came to an end.  Over the next two years the final publications projects of the network will be realized; however, no new meetings or exchange grants will be offered.  The Chair Volker Hess and the Programme Coordinator Brigit Ramsingh would like to thank the ESF, the ESF-DRUGS network members across Europe and its community of supporters and collaborators worldwide for their hard work over the past five years. 




The ESF-DRUGS Research Networking Programme is coming to an end.  We are celebrating with a final two day conference in Berlin 20-22 February 2013 where we will look back at the results of our research whilst also looking ahead to future areas of collaboration.  Please see programme flyer here.


6/7 December: STand Ex: Standard Exchanges Programme


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29/30 November: DRUGS AND COLD WAR.


Venue: Section of History of Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome –
Viale dell’Università 34/a, 00185 Rome.




Is This the End? 

The Eclipse of the Therapeutic Revolution  Programme

October 4-6, 2012, University of Zurich, Switzerland

The Institute and Museum of the History of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland

will host an international conference of the European Science Foundation’s research network 

“DRUGS”. The conference will be held from October 4-6, 2012 in Zurich in conjunction with

the Competence Centre for the History of Knowledge (ETH Zurich and University of Zurich).


More information here: 



The program for the "Drugs and the Birth of Scientific Marketing" workshop is ready and available to download here.

4-5 June 2012, Berlin Medizinhistorische Museum, Charité Universitätsmedizin.  



CfP:POLITICS AND DRUGS. Pharmaceutical research and drug management in Post-WWII and Cold War Europe. Rome, 29-30 November 2012. 

Venue: Section of History of Medicine, University of Rome La Sapienza.

Download the Call for Proposals



CfP: Animal Models, Model Animals? Meanings and Practices in the History
of the Biomedical Sciences.

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM),
University of Manchester (UK), Friday 21st September 2012.

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CfP: "Drugs and the birth of scientific marketing"

Berlin, June 4th-5th, 2012

Call for proposals


Changes to the ESF Guidelines for Research Networking Programs (RNPs)



Standards and drug use outside the pharmacy.
Conference to be held in Lyon, France; 15, 16, 17 December 2011.

Call for Proposals

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Gendered Drug Standards: Historical and Socio-anthropological perspectives

University of Granada, 28-30 November 2011.

Call for Proposals

Download the flyer

Download the Program


"Beyond the Magic Bullet: Reframing the History of Antibiotics"

Workshop 17-19 March 2011, Oslo, Norway

Organisers: Christoph Gradmann (Oslo) and Flurin Condrau (Zurich)

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Drugs, Standards and the Practices of Globalization, To be held in Paris December 9-11, 2010.

An International Conference of the ESF DRUGS Program organized by CERMES 3 (Centre de Recherches Médecine, Sciences, Santé et Société) with the support of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

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The first ESF DRUGS Preprint Circulation of Antibiotics: Journeys of Drug Standards, 1930-1970 is now available.  Download it here.


Harmonizing Drugs. Standards in 20th Century Pharmaceutical History Edited by Christian Bonah, Christophe Masutti, Anne Rasmussen and Jonathan Simon.  The volume based on our opening conference in Strasbourg is ready. 

Order here


Evaluating and Standardizing Therapeutic Agents, 1890-1950, Edited by: Christoph Gradmann, Jonathan Simon is now available.  Order here.



Ways of Regulating: Therapeutic Agents between Plants, Shops, and Consulting Rooms. Eds. Jean Paul Gaudillière and Volker Hess (=Preprint 363). Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin 2008. 

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Presentation > PPP > 2009-2010


Six grants were awarded for the 2009 post-graduate and post-doctoral exchange program to young researchers working on fields corresponding to the DRUGS project.

Considering that this is the second session of the program, the PPP Evaluation Committee was impressed with the very high quality of the applications received.


Tone Druglitro

Tone Druglitro entitled her project: 'New Visions and “New” Animals: Standardizing Laboratory Animal Science in Post Second World War Norway'.

She will be hosted by the Centre for the History of Sciience, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at Manchester University.

Project abstract

Nils Kessel

Arjo van der Hoogte

Arjo van der Hoogte entitled his project : 'German and British pharmaceutical firms and the global production and trade of drugs and drug standards in the interwar period, with a special focus on quinine and cocaine.'

He will be hosted by the Institut für Geschichte der Medizin Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Abteilung für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften mit Schwerpunkt Pharmaziegeschichte – Technische Universität Braunschweig, the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) – University of Manchester, and the Instituto de Filosofia – Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales Madrid.

Project abstract

Nils Kessel

Nils Kessel

Nils entitled his project: 'Pills' magic bullets, scandals. A social and cultural history of medical drug use in Germany and France 1950-1990.

He will be hosted by: Laboratoire d'Etude du Phenomene Scientifique - University Lyon, Institute for General Practie and Community Medicine - University of Oslo, Centre de Recherche Medecine, Science, Sante et Societe (CERMES-INSERM) at Paris, Institute of Farmacoepidemiology and farmacotherapy, Department of Pharmacy - University Utrecht.

Project abstract

Nils Kessel

Ulrike Klöppel

Ulrike Klöppel entitled her project: 'Reframing Psychiatry through Hormonal Regulation: The Difficult Beginnings of European Psychoendocrinology in the 1950s'

She will be hosted by the University of Zurich, Historisches Seminar, the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at the University College London and the Centre for the History of Science,Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at Manchester.

Project abstract

Nils Kessel

Lisa Malich

Lisa Malich entitled her project: 'Standardizing hormones, stabilizing emotions: The marketing of oral contraception as standard drug for premenstrual symptoms in Germany and France'.


Lisa will be hosted at Cermes (Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé et société) in France.

Project abstract

Nils Kessel

Alexandre Marchant

Alexandre Marchant will focus his project on "an international comparison between two models of health public policies (France, The Netherlands, 1960's-1980's)". He will be hosted by the department of Pharmacy of the University of Utrecht, and the Descartes Centre for the history of sciences in Utrecht (the Netherlands).


Project abstract

Nils Kessel