HEVELIUS 2011 An inter­na­tional con­fer­ence to mark the quadri­cen­ten­nial of the birth of Johannes Hevelius 15 – 18 Sep­tem­ber 2011, Gdańsk, Poland

16 lutego 2014

Astronom, jego zegary i kwadrant. Rycina z dzieła Jan Heweliusz,


  • Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Institute for the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Honorary Committee
Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk
Prof. Michał Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Henryk Krawczyk, Rector of Gdańsk University of Technology
Prof. Bernard Lammek, Rector of the University of Gdańsk
Prof. Stanisław Mossakowski, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Janusz Rachoń, Rector of Gdańsk University of Technology (2002–2008), Senator of the Republic of Poland
Prof. Edmund Wittbrodt, President of the Council of the Gdańsk Foundation, Senator of the Republic of Poland

Organizing Committee
Adam Koperkiewicz, the Gdańsk History Museum
Maria Pelczar, Polish Academy of Sciences, the Gdańsk Library
Cezary Windorbski, The Gdańsk Foundation
Jarosław Włodarczyk, Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw


Wednesday 14 September 2011

Hotel Mercure Gdansk Hevelius

20.00–22.00 Welcome reception

Thursday 15 September 2011

Gdansk Library

08.00–09.00 Registration

09.00–09.30 Opening of the conference


Session 1

09.30–10.00 Robert A. Hatch (University of Florida, USA): Hevelius’s Europe: Astronomy, Community & the Republic of Letters

10.00–10.30 Voula Saridakis (Lake Forest College, USA): The Hevelius–Hooke Controversy

10.30–11.00 Noah Moxham (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London): Triangulating Positions: Managing the Open-Sights Controversy between London, Oxford and Dublin

11.00–11.30 Coffe/Tea

Session 2

11.30–12.00 Gudrun Wolfschmidt (University of Hamburg): Hevelius Observatory in the Context of Observatories in Early Modern Europe

12.00–12.30 James Caplan (Observatoire astronomique de Marseille-Provence): Hooke’s Criticism of the Tychonic Instruments of Hevelius

12.30–13.00 Felix Lühning (Archenhold Observatory, Berlin): The Reconstruction of Johannes Hevelius’s Observatory – a Piece of Circumstantial Evidence

13.00–15.00 Lunch time

15.00–16.00 Michal Juszczakiewicz (Gdansk): Three-dimensional Reconstruction of Hevelius’s Observatory and Instruments

16.00 Opening of the Exibition „Johannes Hevelius and Science in the 17th Century” at the Gdansk Library

Friday 16 September 2011

Gdansk Library

Session 3

09.00–09.30 Richard L. Kremer (Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA): Astronomy and Calendar-Making in Gdańsk from 1540 to 1700

09.30–10.00 Frank Verbunt (Utrecht University): The Star Catalogue of Johannes Hevelius

10.00–10.30 Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk (Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw; UMCS, Lublin): Libration of the Moon: From the First Reports to Hevelius

10.30–11.00 Radosław Rek (Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Warsaw–Cracow): Hevelius’s Observations of Sunspots and the Maunder Minimum

11.00–11.30 Coffe/Tea

Session 4

11.30–12.00 Kathrin Müller (Frankfurt University): Drawing Lines: Art and Science in Johannes Hevelius’s Selenographia

12.00–12.30 Jennifer Downes (University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK): Printing the Moon: Images and Maps in Johannes Hevelius’s Selenographia

12.30–13.00 Patricia Radelet-de Grave (Université catholique de Louvain): Hevelius on Kepler

13.00–15.00 Lunch time

Session 5

15.00–15.30 Derek Jensen (Brigham Young University, Idaho, USA): The Life and Works of Hevelius as Sources of Inspiration in Literature, Philosophy and the Arts

15.30–16.00 Huib Zuidervaart (Huygens ING – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences): Jacob Ouseel: A Versatile Scholar, Book Collector and Astronomical Enthusiast in the Netherlands

16.00–16.30 Jānis Kaminskis and Jānis Klētnieks (Riga Technical University): Activities of Georgius Krüger, the Secretary of Astronomer Johannes Hevelius, in Curlandia

Saturday 17 September 2011

Gdansk Library

Session 6

09.30–10.00 Rienk Vermij (University of Oklahoma, USA): Hevelius on the Nature of the Universe

10.00–10.30 Pietro Daniel Omodeo (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin): Abraham von Franckenberg and Johannes Hevelius: The Brunian and the Galileaian Spirit of Seventeenth Century Astronomy in Judgments of Hevelius’s Gdansk

10.30–11.00 Maciej Jasinski (University of Warsaw): The Inhabitants of the Moon in Hevelius’s Selenographia

11.00–11.30 Coffe/Tea

Session 7

11.30–12.00 Chantal Grell (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin) and Igor Kraszewski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan): Between Politics and Science: Peter des Noyers – a Correspondent of Johannes Hevelius in the Polish Court

12.00–12.30 Klaus-Dieter Herbst (Bremen University): Hevelius and his Correspondence with Scholars in Leipzig and Jena

12.30–13.00 Suzanne Débarbat, Laurence Bobis (Paris Observatory), and Susan Keyes (Paris Observatory; Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin): Hevelius’s Archives at the Paris Observatory and His Impact on Giovanni Domenico Cassini

13.00–15.00 Lunch time

15.00 Guided Walk to Visit Some of Hevelius’s Sites in Gdansk (beginning at the Gdansk Library)

18.00 Musical Heritage of the City of Gdansk (concert at the Gdansk Library)

19.30 Conference Dinner (by ticket only)

Sunday 18 September 2011

09.00 Guided Walk to Visit Some of Hevelius’s Sites in Gdansk (beginning at the Gdansk Library)


For the visitors traveling by air, the closest airport is
Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport

If you arrive to Gdańsk by train, the Gdańsk Główny railway station is located in the centre of Gdańsk, within walking distance from the Gdańsk Library and in the proximity of the Old Town.
Gdańsk Główny railway station


The conference venue is the Gdańsk Library (Wałowa Street 15), located in the central area of Gdańsk, near Gdańsk Główny railway station. Detailed map can be found here
Map No. 1
Map No. 2
Movie on the Gdańsk Library (in Polish)


While there is enough hotels in Gdańsk to suit everyone’s taste and budget, it may be uselful to consider options from the list below:
Hotel Mercure Gdańsk Hevelius
Hotel Wolne Miasto
The Schumann’s House
Gotyk House
Dom Muzyka
Bonum Hotel

Urszula Szybowska
Jarosław Włodarczyk

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