Library spaces open to UCSF ID holders. See timeline for reopening.

Fourth Workshop on Scientific Archives

This workshop explores topics related to the contemporary archives of science and technology. Specific themes discussed include:

  • Collaboration between scientists and archivists to best capture contemporary material
  • Appraisal of science and technology archives
  • Curating and making accessible science and technology archives to support both humanities research and scientific reuse
  • The description of specialist collections from a non-scientific perspective
  • Archives and scientific data management and usage
  • Public outreach and communication



  • There are several options for places to stay near the workshop location on the UCSF Parnassus campus.

Program of events

June 5 – Presentations

  • The first day of the workshop consists of traditional presentations with an emphasis on open archives and open science.
  • See the program for day one.

June 6 – Presentations and unconference

  • The second day also includes an unconference or participant-driven meeting. We will co-create the agenda with discussion topics informed by prominent themes input collected during the first day of the workshop. We will share challenges, develop solutions, generate ideas, and build partnerships. All attendees are welcome and encouraged to contribute.
  • See the program for day two.

Accommodation requests

UCSF welcomes everyone, including people with disabilities to our events. To request a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Polina Ilieva by emailing as soon as possible.

Organizing committee

The workshop is organized by the Committee on the Archives of Science and Technology of the Section on University and Research Institution Archives of the International Council on Archives. For information on the previous Scientific Archives workshops, please visit the EMBL Archive website

  • Bethany Anderson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
  • Jean Marie Deken, SLAC Archives, History & Records Office (AHRO) and Research Library, Stanford, United States
  • Polina Ilieva, associate university librarian for collections and UCSF archivist, United States
  • Anne-Flore Laloë, European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Germany
  • Rebekah Kim, California Academy of Sciences Library and Archive, United States
  • Ana Margarida Dias da Silva, Archives of the University of Coimbra’s Department of Life Sciences, Center for the History of Society and Culture, Portugal
  • Melanie Mueller, American Institute of Physics, United States
  • Laura Outterside, records manager, European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility, Germany
  • Patrick Shea, chief curator of archives and manuscripts for the Othmer Library of Chemical History at the Science History Institute, United States
  • Venkat Srinivasan, head of archives at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, India