The news archive of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP).

Fabian Hundertmark (Universität Bielefeld).


The topic of this colloquium is Justin Garson’s latest book, “What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter” (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Garson is one of the leading experts on biological functions. He published numerous articles on the topic of biological functions in prestigious journals and the book “A Critical Overview of Biological Functions” (Springer, 2016).

Based on the structure of his book, the colloquium will be divided into two parts. While the first day is about Garson’s generalized selected effects theory of biological functions and its alternatives, the second day will deal with the philosophical applications of this theory. These range from the philosophy of biology (mechanisms) over the philosophy of psychiatry (mental illness) to the philosophy of the mind (mental content).

Comments by

  • Joe Dewurst (LMU Munich)
  • Fabian Hundertmark (Bielefeld University)
  • Marie Kaiser (Bielefeld University)
  • Ulrich Krohs (University of Münster)
  • Behzad Nematipour (University of Münster)
  • Peter Schulte (University of Zurich)
  • students from Bielefeld
  • students from Münster


The workshop is sponsored by the GAP and the GWP and organized by Fabian Hundertmark and Behzad Nematipour.

Attendance is free of charge. To register, please email Fabian Hundertmark (

Submitted by Kristina Wensing (University of Münster).


The DFG funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD) at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a

PhD position in philosophy
(salary level E13 TV-L, 65%)

The position is fixed term for 36 months, available from 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.
The DFG-funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD, GRK 2220) unites biological, medical, and philosophical research at the University of Münster. The core idea is to use the theory of evolution to understand processes leading to adaptation and/or disease. The PhD students will make use of evolutionary thinking to address basic and medical questions.

The successful candidate will work in project C2 supervised by Michael Quante. In this project, the ethics of evolutionary medicine, based on philosophical ethics and biomedical ethics will be developed. Taking principalism as a starting point the ethical dimensions, tensions, conflicts and general problems will be identified. Using concrete examples from within the Research Training Group and within the interdisciplinary debate the main ethical questions in evolutionary ethics will be examined. The aim is to present an ethical analysis which takes the different ethical aspects into account and develops a plausible ethical conclusion specifying and balancing these ethical features.

For a detailed project description, please visit the EvoPAD website:


  • outstanding Master’s or equivalent degree in Philosophy or related fields.
  • proven qualifications with particular relevance to EvoPAD projects.
  • capacity to formulate and solve research problems and effectively interpret research results.
  • willingness to interact with colleagues in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • motivation to manage a PhD project and to participate in our multidisciplinary qualification program.
  • fluency in written and spoken English.

How to apply
The application should include:

  • CV including information about former academic education and degrees, professional experience, publications, fellowships/awards, conference contributions, languages, and further relevant skills and abilities.
  • cover letter stating the candidate’s expectation from EvoPAD and motivation to join the project.
  • master’s thesis abstract.
  • certificates of bachelor and master degrees.
  • two letters of recommendation.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered, unless other project-related reasons apply.
Applications should be sent by email as one PDF file (max. 5 MB) to the EvoPAD Coordinator Dr Kristina Wensing ( by 31 January 2020.

Submitted by Niklas König.


The Research Unit “The Epistemology of the LHC”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), invites applications for

2 Postdoctoral and 5 Doctoral positions
in the fields of philosophy of science, history of science,
social studies of science, and physics.

Established in 2016, the Research Unit has forged a unique cooperation between physicists, philosophers, historians, and social scientists. Its aim is to collectively investigate the epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. With its six individual projects cooperating closely and its teams located at universities across Germany and Austria, the Research Unit covers a broad variety of issues concerning the forefront of research on experimental and theoretical physics at one of the largest scientific facilities worldwide. It addresses key questions in philosophy, history, and the social sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective.

After a successful first phase, the Research Unit has been extended for a second phase of 36 months. We would like to fill the following positions:

Project (A1) “The formation and development of the concept of virtual particles”:
– 1 postdoctoral position at the RWTH Aachen University.

Project (A2) “The hierarchy, fine tuning, and naturalness problem from a philosophical perspective”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Wuppertal.

Project (A3) “LHC and gravity”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Bonn and the RWTH Aachen University.

Project (B1) “The impact of computer simulations and machine learning on the epistemic status of LHC data”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the KIT (Karlsruhe).

Project (B2) “Model building and dynamics”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Bonn.

Project (B3) “Producing novelty and securing credibility in LHC experiments”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria).
– 1 postdoctoral position at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria).

Each project is directed jointly by a principal investigator from physics and investigators from the philosophy of science, history of science, or social studies of science (STS).

We are looking for candidates from the aforementioned fields who are interested in engaging in interdisciplinary work and who have experience in one or more of the relevant fields of expertise. We are committed to diversity and equal opportunity, and would like to encourage applications from scholars who would diversify the Research Unit, and the academic community more generally.

Positions are funded for three years and will typically start on May 1, 2020.

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2020.

Descriptions of the individual projects can be found at

Please send applications electronically to Applications should include a letter of motivation with a ranked list of the project(s) (A1-A3, B1-B3) applied for, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and presentations, copies of your degree certificates, and the names and addresses of referees (two for the postdoctoral positions and one for the doctoral positions) who can be contacted directly.

Submitted by Benedikt Knüsel (ETH Zürich).


CfP: Workshop “Data Science in Climate and Climate Impact Research. Conceptual Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities.” ETH, Zürich, August 20 and 21, 2020 (Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2020).

Climate Science
Climate Impact Research
Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology
Environmental Data Science

In recent decades, the production and storage of data about practically every aspect of human life has increased. This concerns scientific research in general, including environmental sciences. Increasing volumes of data help environmental scientists to observe more phenomena at a finer spatial and temporal scale and to model phenomena with machine learning. These new possibilities raise a host of interesting methodological questions. In a policy-​relevant field such as climate science and climate impact research, transparency of and confidence in results is key. However, it is unclear how these features can be achieved when employing data science. Furthermore, data science projects often require extensive interdisciplinary collaboration in order to combine expertise in handling and analyzing data and domain expertise. This helps to obtain meaningful insights from the data. However, this interdisciplinarity can be associated with new challenges.
There are numerous examples of interesting data-​science projects in climate and climate impact research, which have addressed a variety of purposes. For example, innovative methods that combine physical modeling and machine learning might be employed to analyze environmental data while ensuring interpretability and physical plausibility of the models. New forms of data might help to measure environmental conditions and monitor policy implementation or to monitor disaster response and climate change adaptation. But how should these attempts be evaluated? What role does interdisciplinary collaboration play in these efforts? What purposes are data sciences tools most fruitful for and under what conditions?
At this interdisciplinary conference, we aim to bring together researchers from all climate-​related subdisciplines (including environmental social science and climate impact research), philosophers, and environmental data scientists to discuss questions like these. While case studies are welcome, the emphasis on the talks should be on conceptual issues.

Keynote speakers (confirmed):
>From Philosophy: Wendy Parker (University of Durham)
>From scientific practice:
Markus Reichstein (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena)
Nick Obradovich (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin)

Questions that can be discussed include (but are not limited to) the following:
What purposes are new kinds of data most fruitful for?
Which research questions can be addressed using machine learning? Is machine learning equally attractive for understanding as it is for prediction?
How should machine learning models and new forms of data be evaluated in order to assess their reliability? Does this depend on the purpose of a research project?
What is the role of scientific theories and domain-​specific background knowledge when constructing and applying data-​science tools?
How does interpretability/transparency affect the evaluation of the models and data? What is the role of interpretable algorithms and well-​documented data? How does this depend on the specific purpose?
How should uncertainties arising from new sources or forms of data or automated data analysis tools be understood and characterized? How can they be handled in decision-​making?
What is the relationship between transparency of models and data on the one hand and uncertainty on the other hand?
How should interdisciplinary teams for environmental data-​science projects be organized? What kind of collaboration is needed?

Details can be found here:

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).


CALL FOR PAPERS (Bonn, Deadline: 19.01.2020)

Call for abstracts for Workshop “Metaphysics of Physics”, Bonn, 31 March – 2 April 2020

The Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual workshop. Contributions on any topic in the philosophy of physics are welcome. The workshop takes place 31 March – 2 April 2020 at the University of Bonn and will be part of the Annual Meeting of the DPG ( The AGPhil organizes a small workshop on “Metaphysics of Physics”. Contributions in this area are especially welcome.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Karen Crowther (Oslo)
Matt Farr (Cambridge)
Andreas Hüttemann (Cologne)
Christopher Timpson (Oxford)
Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)

If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 19 January 2020 (ignore the stated 15 December 2019 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form at

As conference fees are not trivial (, speakers who have difficulties paying the conference fees should contact us about possible travel grants.

We look forward to seeing you in Bonn!

Meinard Kuhlmann
Radin Dardashti
Christian Wüthrich

Submitted by Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (University of Duesseldorf).


CALL FOR PAPERS (Salzburg, deadline: May 1, 2020)

Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy: SOPhiA 2020

September 2 – 4, 2020
Department of Philosophy (Humanities), University of Salzburg, Austria

SOPhiA 2020 provides an opportunity for students and doctoral candidates in philosophy to take a first peek into the philosophical business and to get in touch with prospective and well established philosophers. Contributions in every discipline of philosophy (epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, etc.) are welcome. As common in analytic philosophy, contributors should make use of understandable language as well as rational argumentation. In addition to the conference presentations there will also be affiliated workshops on selected topics in analytic philosophy.

Keynote Speakers:
* Marian David (University of Graz)
* Leah Henderson (University of Groningen)
* Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)

Call for papers:
Students and doctoral candidates (pre-doc) in philosophy are encouraged to submit an abstract prepared for double-blind review. We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs. Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Abstracts should not exceed 2.000 characters. All submissions should be suitable for a presentation of approximately 20 minutes in length (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit your abstract with a biographical note and a short CV attached in a separate document at <> until May 1, 2020. Attendees are asked to register at the same site before the conference. Note that authors may appear as co-authors on multiple submissions, but not more often than once as first author/presenter.

SOPhiA best paper award:
Contributors are also invited to submit a full paper (from 4.000 up to 8.000 words) not including any author or affiliation information. A selection of full papers will be published in KRITERION — Journal of Philosophy. The best contribution will also be awarded with 250 EUR at SOPhiA 2020. Please prepare your full paper according to the guidelines available at and submit it via e-mail (subject line: SOPhiA 2020) to <>. Please note that only full papers in English submitted before the general deadline (May 1, 2020) can be considered for the SOPhiA best paper award and that contributors are not allowed to be first or co-author of more than one paper submitted for the SOPhiA best paper award.

Submission deadline: May 1, 2020
Notification deadline: June 1, 2020
Website: <>

Submitted by Marcel Weber (University of Geneva).



Call for Applications

Sixth European Advanced School in the

Philosophy of the Life Sciences (EASPLS) 

“Dealing with complexity in the life sciences”

Konrad Lorenz institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI),

Klosterneuburg (Austria), September 7–11, 2020

Event website:

Directors: Guido Caniglia (KLI) & Marcel Weber (University of Geneva)

The European Advanced School in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences (EASPLS) consortium will hold its sixth biennial summer school on “Dealing with Complexity in the Life Sciences” at the Konrad Lorenz institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. Young scholars (PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers) in the history, philosophy and social studies of the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences are invited to apply. The registration fee is €350. The summer school will cover lunches and the opening dinner at the KLI. Participants will take care of their own accommodation and travel expenses. For updates and more details see:


Applications should be sent to the following email address: Please send a single pdf file (labelled: LastName-Firstname-easpls2020.pdf) containing:

  • Letter of motivation (max 500 words)
  • Title and Abstract (max 500 words) for a poster
  • Short Curriculum Vitae (max 3 pages)

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions by late May 2020.

What is the EASPLS?

The European Advanced School for the Philosophy of the Life Sciences is a biennial event that aims at fostering research, facilitating collaborations, and provide professional training for students in the field of the philosophy, history, and social studies of the life sciences, broadly conceived. EASPLS is organized by a consortium of the following European top-level institutions in the area of philosophy, history and social studies of the life sciences:

  • Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (CEPS), Institute of Philosophy; Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Centre for Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Conceptual Biology & Medicine group (ImmunoConcEpT lab); CNRS & University of Bordeaux, France
  • Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences; University of Exeter, UK
  • IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society; University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST); University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), Klosterneuburg, Austria.


EASPLS is characterized by its unique format. The summer school includes different forms of participation and aims to foster structured interactions among participants and between participants and senior researchers. The schedule mixes:

  • Inputs and discussions led by senior researchers in the consortium on the topic “Dealing with Complexity in the Life Sciences” (Readings will be circulated in advance).
  • Inputs and discussions from two guest researchers in the philosophy of the life sciences.
  • Group work addressing questions related to the topic “Dealing with Complexity in the Life Sciences”.
  • Roundtable discussions and activities tailored to professional development (e.g. Publishing in the field; Preparing for an interview; etc.)
  • The selected participants will bring a poster that will stay in the rooms of the Summer school for the whole duration of the event. Participants will present their posters in the form of short 3 minutes presentations for the rest of the people at the summer school.

Host Institution and Accommodation  

EASPLS 2020 will be held at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Klosterneuburg, a small town about 15min by train from Vienna. The KLI is an independent center of advanced studies in the life and sustainability sciences.

The mission of the KLI is to enable scientific reasoning that can contribute to understanding and sustaining life in its biological, cognitive, social, and cultural diversity. The institute is committed to contribute addressing pressing challenges of our time through inter and transdisciplinary research. The KLI is “A Home to Theory that Matters” and supports conceptual and formal research as well as philosophical and historical work that addresses broad and interrelated questions about: How and why has life evolved? And how is it evolving in the present and into the future? How can we sustain life on earth to meet the need of current and future generations within the limits of the natural world? What roles has cognition played in the evolution of life and what roles can it play in its future developments?

The KLI is located in the historical Kremsmünsterhof, a cultural heritage monument where workshops, symposia, and summer schools are hosted. It provides a stimulating and creative environment for fellows, visiting scholars, students, and external faculty (get an impression of the last EASPLS at:

Options for Accommodation in Vienna and surroundings

Vienna and Klosterneuburg offer plenty of options for accommodation. If you are interested in the more affordable ones, please, take a look at the following links:

Topic of EASPLS 2020: “Dealing with complexity in the life sciences”

Complexity, from genomes to ecosystems, is a fundamental characteristic of living systems. In dealing with complexity, the life sciences have developed over the centuries a wide range of epistemological and methodological approaches as well as social and institutional configurations to organize and perform scientific work.  The goal of this summer school is to bring together senior and junior researchers in the philosophy of life sciences to jointly reflect on and discuss:

  • Epistemological and methodological issues in relation to complexity. We will look into the many practices developed in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences, in order to deal with the complexity of life. For instance, we will address the many roles that experiments, data, theories, models as well as heuristics, explanations or visualizations have played in the development of the life sciences.
  • Ontological and metaphysical issues in relation to complexity. We will discuss issues related with complex causation in living systems, mechanistic constitution, process thinking as well as modularity and robustness as ways to understand the main characteristics of living systems in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences.
  • Institutional, societal, and political dimensions of scientific work dealing with complexity. We will discuss social-organizational issues that emerge in relation to scientists’ various approaches to deal with complexity in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences. For instance, we will talk about the emergence of inter and transdisciplinary research centers and consortia; the different -omics; different configurations of sharing research materials and results; real-world laboratories at the science-society interface or big-data labs from medicine to sustainability science.
  • The role that historians and philosophers of the life sciences can play in critically contributing to support scientific attempts to deal with complexity in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences.

Using examples from past and current science, during the summer school, we will analyze and reflect together on experimental, conceptual, and theoretical practices and strategies that scientists from different disciplines in the life sciences have created when dealing with complex living systems. The organizers aim to assemble a community of scholars addressing these issues from a wide variety of perspectives and whose research focuses on wide diversity of topics in the life sciences broadly conceived. The following areas of work serve to illustrate the sorts of issues that are in focus for the summer school, but it should be emphasized that EASPLS 2020 welcomes inputs and ideas that are not limited to the issues mentioned below.

Historical and current examples of dealing with complexity in disciplines and fields such as:

    • Evolutionary biology and systematics, e.g. phylogenetic inference, evolutionary developmental biology.
    • Developmental biology, e.g., whole-organism lineage tracing
    • Genetics and genomics, e.g., genome-wide association studies, integrative data-clustering
    • Clinical research, e.g., randomized controlled trials, real-world evidence
    • Cancer research, e.g., tumor typing.
    • Public Health, e.g. decision-making, policy-making
    • Personalized medicine e.g. diagnostic tool, interventions, and drug development.
    • Molecular and systems biology, e.g., gene regulatory networks.
    • Synthetic biology and genome editing  
    • Conservation sciences, e.g. systematic conservation planning and biodiversity.
    • Climate change research, e.g., simulations, forecasting, scenarios, visioning.
    • Sustainability science, e.g. transdisciplinary projects, real-world experimentation.

Senior Researchers and Guest Lecturers

Instructors at EASPLS 2020 will come from all the institutions of the Consortium:

  • Guido Caniglia (co-director)
  • John Dupré
  • Philippe Huneman 
  • Maël Lemoine 
  • Sabina Leonelli 
  • Thomas Reydon 
  • Isabella Sarto-Jackson 
  • Jon Umerez 
  • Marcel Weber (co-director)

In addition to instructors from the consortium, we are delighted to announce that Sara Green (University of Copenhagen) and Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam) will be joining the summer school as Invited Guest Lecturers.

Submitted by Maria Kronfeldner (Central European University, Budapest).


CfA: Two fully funded PhD fellowships at CEU (one in history, one in philosophy) on understanding humanity

Apply now! (Deadline: January 30, 2020)

Central European University (CEU, Budapest-Vienna) invites applications for two new and fully funded interdisciplinary Joint PhD Fellowships starting in the 2020/21 academic year in the thematic area of Understanding Humanity. The CEU Joint PhD Fellowship Scheme entails co-supervision by expert faculty members from the Department of Philosophy and Department of History, who are already engaged in ongoing research in the designated thematic area, e.g., as part of the project “The Epistemology of the In/Human.” One Fellow will pursue a PhD in Philosophy and the other one a PhD in Comparative History.

See full CfA here:

Deadline: Jan 30, 2020

Submitted by Oliver Schaudt (University of Heidelberg).


Conference description:
Measurement at the Crossroads 2020 is an interdisciplinary conference that explores the philosophy and history of measurement. It aims at consolidating and developing the study of these topics, following the conferences in Bielefeld (2013), Cambridge (2015), and Paris (2018).

The conference intends to promote the reflection on the foundations of measurement across the sciences from philosophical, historical, and sociological points of view. In particular, it will aim to gather scholars from different disciplines to study within diverse perspectives the role of modeling in measurement, the use of measurement in modeling, and the way of demarcating the scope of these activities. In fact, measuring and modeling are fundamental activities for understanding both natural and human domains: through measurements we aim at acquiring objective and intersubjective information about the world; through models we are able to understand complex systems and to predict their dynamics. Although crucially different as activities, measuring and modeling are profoundly intertwined. On the one hand, models are essential in order to select what is to be measured, to provide a sound interpretation of measurement results, and to assess their dependability. On the other hand, measurements are indispensable for determining the quality of models and their ability to capture their intended targets. In the last decades, a growing interest on the connections between measuring and modeling has arisen, from a better comprehension of measurement processes and how model simulations can be used to integrate measurement results, to the idea that the distinction between measurements and simulations is to be thought anew.

The range of topics of interest includes but is not limited to:

1. Models in measurement

  • The role of models in measurement
  • The role of models in justifying measurement results
  • Models, intersubjectivity, objectivity, validation
  • Models of measurement from a historical point of view

2. Model of measurement

  • The general structure of the measurement process
  • The structure of measurement in social and human sciences
  • Transduction and calibration in measurement
  • History of the conception of the structure of measurement

3. Measurement and simulation

  • Connections between measuring and simulating
  • Can simulation substitute measurement?

4. Measurement and Data Science

  • Measurement and data quality
  • Measurement and data analysis
  • Measurement and big data

Important dates:
Deadline for submission: 31 January 2020
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2020

Submission Guidelines:
We invite submissions for 20 / 30 minute presentations, with 10 additional minutes for discussion. Please send a 1000-word abstract in PDF prepared for blind review. All abstracts should be submitted electronically using the EasyChair submission page at: <>

(Submitted by Vienna Circle Society).


Call For Application (Deadline: February 15, 2020)


Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) July 6–17, 2020

The Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) – until 2014 under the label “Vienna International Summer University” – will be held from July 6 to 17, 2020. The topic of the two-week course is “Representation in Art and Science ”. The main lecturers are Chiara Ambrosio (University College London), Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge) and Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia).

As an international interdisciplinary program, USS SWC brings graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through crossdisciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in science.

The topic of the two-week course is ”Representation in Art and Science “:

The “two cultures” meme encourages a picture of art and science as opposites, and as sharing so little in common that it is difficult to “bridge” a deep gap between them. In fact, however, the arts and the sciences share many of the same representational tools, and exploit many of the same cognitive processes responsible for the working of those representational tools. This two-week workshop explores what can be learned about the arts and the sciences through an examination of their common languages, practices, and methodologies. Topics to be covered include: depiction, fiction and imagination, narrative, metaphor and analogy, and aesthetic value in science and the arts. Drawing on historical and contemporary approaches, we will examine the epistemic role of these phenomena in the sciences and also to their role in presenting scientific results.


Topics will include:

  • art and science — two cultures?
  • theories of depiction and images in science
  • theories of fiction and models as fictions
  • aesthetic value in science
  • metaphor in science
  • imagination in art and science


Application form and further information:


The Lecturers:

Chiara Ambrosio (University College London)

Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge)

Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia)


USS-SWC operates under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. Its members represent the scientific fields in the scope of USS-SWC, make contact to their home universities and will also support acknowledgement of courses taken by the students. USS-SWC is organised every year by the Institute Vienna Circle of the University of Vienna.



Venue: Erika-Weinzierl-Saal, University of Vienna, Main Building, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Time: Monday, July 6, 2020, 9 a.m.


Further Information

From 2010 to 2018 USS-SWC was a part of the curriculum of the doctoral programme “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts”

There is an exchange programme with Duke University (North Carolina):


For further inquiries, please send email to or consult the IVC’s Web site.




Robert Kaller

Institute Vienna Circle

Alserstraße 23

Top 32

1080 Wien

Tel. +43-1-4277-41232

Scientific director:

Prof. Martin Kusch

Department of Philosophy

University of Vienna


Wiener Kreis Gesellschaft/Vienna Circle Society

Universitätscampus, Hof 1

Spitalgasse 2-4

A-1090 Wien, Austria

Tel:  +43-1-4277 46504

Fax: +43-1-4277 9465

Submitted by Andrea Reichenberger (Paderborn University).


Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, sehr geehrte Kolleg*innen,

Wir möchten Ihnen den Pilot für ein Mentoring-Programm für akademische Philosoph*innen von SWIP Germany e.V. vorstellen und Sie einladen, bei Interesse als Mentor*in oder Mentee teilzunehmen.

Mit diesem Programm möchte SWIP Germany einen Beitrag zur Geschlechtergerechtigkeit und Chancengleichheit leisten und dazu beitragen, die Unterrepräsentation von Frauen auf den höheren Qualifikationsstufen (vor allem auf der Ebene von PostDocs und Professor*innen) zu beheben, die in der deutschsprachigen akademischen Philosophie nach wie vor besteht.

Wir wollen “Nachwuchs”wissenschaftler*innen die Möglichkeit bieten, Wissenschaftler*innen, die bereits einige Karrierestufen weiter sind, punktuell und zu konkreten Problemen um Rat zu fragen. Anders als bei anderen Mentoring-Programmen geht es nicht zwingend um eine längerfristige Mentoring-Beziehung. Wir haben folgendes Vorgehen geplant:

– Die Mentor*innen geben in einem Formular an, zu welchen Themen sie Tipps geben können und wollen:

– Potentielle Mentees können ein Formular ausfüllen und die Themen angeben, zu welchen sie Beratungsbedarf haben:

– SWIP Germany sucht eine*n passende*n Mentor*in und fragt an, ob diese*r für ein Gespräch zu den von der Mentee angegebenen Themen zur Verfügung steht. Das Gespräch kann persönlich, telefonisch oder über Skype erfolgen und soll in der Regel nicht mehr als max. 1,5 Stunden in Anspruch nehmen.

–  Wir behandeln Ihr Engagement natürlich vertraulich, d.h. SWIP Germany veröffentlicht nicht, wer als Mentor*in oder Mentee involviert ist.

– Gerne können potentielle Mentorinnen zugleich auch Ihr Interesse äußern, Mentees zu sein. Das heißt konkret: Haben Sie als Mentorin das Formular ausgefüllt, dürfen Sie auch gerne das Formular für Mentees einreichen.

SWIP Germany bemüht sich darum, kein*e Mentor*in überproportional oft für Beratungsgespräche anzufragen, und zudem muss natürlich kein*e Mentor*in jede einzelne Anfrage annehmen. Ebenso können Mentees bestimmte Personen als Mentoren ablehnen. Wir sind dankbar, wenn Sie sich ein- bis zweimal im Jahr Zeit dafür nehmen, einer “Nachwuchs”wissenschaftlerin mit Ihrem Wissen zur Seite zu stehen!

Website des Programms:

Falls Sie Rückfragen oder Anregungen zum Programm haben, zögern Sie bitte nicht, sich bei uns zu melden:

Wir freuen uns über Ihr Engagement für mehr Chancengleichheit in der deutschsprachigen Philosophie.

Mit den besten Grüßen
Ihr SWIP-Mentoring-Team: Christine Bratu, Lisa Herzog, Insa Lawler, Johanna Müller, Andrea Reichenberger, Almut von Wedelstaedt