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, 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.

BSLS contact details

You can contact the BSLS by email or via any of the committee members:


Dr Greg Lynall
Department of English
19-23 Abercromby Square
University of Liverpool L69 7ZG


Dr Michael Whitworth

Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford OX1 4JD

Membership Secretary:

Dr Emily Alder

Edinburgh Napier University

School of Arts and Creative Industries

Communications Officer:

Dr Josie Gill
Department of English
University of Bristol
11 Woodland Road

Book Reviews Editor:

Franziska Kohlt
Brasenose College
Radcliffe Square

BSLS overseas, Europe:

Dr Maria Avxentevskaya

Postdoctoral Fellow

Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Department II
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin, Germany

BSLS overseas, North America:

Dr Jenni Halpin (Newsletter editor)
Savannah State University
3219 College Street Savannah, GA 31404

Members at Large:

Dr Ros Ambler-Alderman (Early Career member at large)

Faculty of Humanities
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
SO17 1BJ

Dr Chisomo Kalinga

Centre of African Studies

University of Edinburgh

22a Buccleuch Place



Dr Rosalind Powell

Department of English
University of Bristol
11 Woodland Road