From the creation of a Seminar for the History of Science in 1983, until the birth of the Centre for the Study of the History of Science (1995) and its current conformation as a Centre of Study and Research (CER), the Centre for the History of Science (CEHIC) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has become consolidated as a fundamental axis in research, teaching and popularization of the history of science, technology and medicine in Catalonia and Spain. Its tasks range from historical research and teaching at every university level, to varied activities related to the discipline such as the conservation of the scientific heritage and the promotion of public dialogue on contemporary science, departing from the knowledge of our technical and scientific past.
The centre is an integrative and dynamic space organized around a core of researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, open to new perspectives and which regularly receives teachers, scholars and students from different countries. Research is focused in critical analysis of the role of science, technology and medicine in different social contexts, through research on the history of contemporary science and medicine, the publics of science or the history of psychology, among other subjects. Members of the CEHIC constitute an active academic community that performs joint research projects, organizes seminars and courses, and maintains an electronic communication network on subjects related to the discipline.
One of the most important tasks of the Centre for the History of Science is that of coordinating the PhD programme in History of science (UAB-UB) offered jointly by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat de Barcelona. The academic excellence of the PhD has resulted in it meriting the Quality Mention of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation from the very first edition of this highest recognition. The programme includes the Master in History of science: Science, history and society (UAB-UB), an official Master fully integrated in the European Higher Education Area. Every year, it attracts around 30 students from different countries.