On November 16 and 17, the Iron Library held the 41st Conference on the History of Technology. This year, 60 participants from 8 different countries travelled to Schaffhausen to partake in the conference. The conference title was “technology’s workforce”.
Over two days, the 14 speakers presented the audience with a wide range of perspectives on the topic of “technology’s workforce”. Olaf Schmidt-Rutsch (Dortmund) lectured about the “Industrial Labor Memory Archive” of the LWL Industrial museum and showed how historical witnesses remembered various industrial activities and how different these memories could be. Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum (Chemnitz) talked about the knowledge transfer that occurred between medieval scholars and technical experts such as clockmakers. Serenity Sutherland (Oswego) on the other hand drew attention to the role of gender and its influence on the composition of technology’s workforce with her talk about the first female students at MIT.
In his concluding presentation, Andreas Rauch from GF Machining Solutions showed how companies must stay on the ball in today's digital age. The conference program was enriched by a factory tour through the facilities of GF Piping Systems in Schaffhausen.
A detailed review and images of the conference can be found here.