Every year, specialists from research institutes, universities, and industry meet at the Iron Library at the Klostergut Paradies near Schaffhausen for the annual Conference on the History of Technology. These conferences, devoted to a range of different subjects, have been held since 1978 and are renowned for the breadth of the papers and their topicality. At the personal invitation of Georg Fischer AG, some 60 guests and speakers from various disciplines attend the conferences, which serve as a platform for an exchange of views. The attendees represent universities, libraries, collections and museums, and come from business and industrial backgrounds. The papers are subsequently published in the journal FERRUM.
In order to ensure the international character of the Conference, the members of the Scientific Board, which is responsible for conception and content, come from Switzerland, Germany and Austria and have deep roots in research in their respective countries. The participation in the Scientific Board is honorary.