About Us

The British Society for Literature and Science was founded in 2005. We aim to promote and advance the study of all aspects of the relationships between literature and science.  We are a worldwide network of scholars, scientists, students and teachers, working on texts and cultures throughout history, from the ancient world to the present day, and on science in all its forms, including medicine and technology. You can view a copy of our constitution here.

Through our conference, we provide an annual forum for discussion of new work on literature and science. Through support for other events and societies, including our annual winter symposium, we advance the study and teaching of literature and science at all levels. Through our book and essay prizes, we recognise and promote the best new scholarship in the field. Through our website and quarterly newsletter, we provide up-to-date news of developments, particularly by publishing book reviews of new scholarship, and posting details of conferences, seminars and other events.

By joining the BSLS, you can be part of this lively and exciting interdisciplinary network.

The society abides by an anti-harassment policy.

BSLS contact details

Please feel free to get in touch with the relevant member of the BSLS exec - all listed below. If you have an announcement for the website or a query about the essay prize, please contact the communications officer; if you have an item for the newsletter, or for the book prize and general enquiries, contact the chair.


Dr Jenni Halpin (also newsletter editor)
Savannah State University


Dr Laura Ludtke
Independent scholar

Membership Secretary:

Dr Emily Alder
Edinburgh Napier University

Communications Officer:

Dr Jordan Kistler

University of Strathclyde

Book Reviews Editor:

Professor Sharon Ruston
Lancaster University

BSLS overseas, Europe:

Dr Liliane Campos

Université de Sorbonne Nouvelle


Early Career Officer:

Dr Louise Benson James

Ghent University

Members at Large:

Dr Chisomo Kalinga

University of Edinburgh

Sara Cole

Lancaster University