SCIENCE CONVENTION “RIJEKA AND ITS CITIZENS IN MEDICAL HISTORY” 2000–2009 – HISTORY OF MEDICINE AS A COMPONENT OF SCIENTIFIC VISIBILITY
This paper analyses the form and content of the first ten science conventions “Rijeka and its Citizens in Medical History” (“Rijeka i Riječani u medicinskoj povjesnici”) which were held in the period between 2000 and 2009 according to the archive data of the convention organizers Croatian Scientific Society for the History of Health Culture. It presents data on the inception of the idea of a science convention, its organisational features (organising committees, presiding committees, convention topics, venue, patrons) and number of participants. A total of 174 presentations whose abstracts were published in individual Convention Collections were given at the ten conventions by 103 different authors from Croatia and neighbouring countries. After the first ten years the entire material was compiled and published with an analytical comment in the anniversary issue Znanstveni skup Rijeka i Riječani u medicinskoj povjesnici 2000.-2009. (Scientific Convention Rijeka and its Citizens in Medical History 2000.-2009.) within Biblioteka AMHA. Most of the papers printed in extenso are published in the magazine AMHA – Acta medico historica Adriatica. The analysis of all presentations provides quantity data on the number of presented papers, number of presenters and number of co-authored papers, as well as quality determinants within the evaluation of the achievement of science convention objectives. The end gives a review of the significance of this convention within the regional, national and international aspect.
Keywords: history of medicine, science convention, Rijeka, Croatia