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Submitted by Sander Verhaegh (TiLPS, Tilburg University).

 

7th René Descartes Lectures 2020

Pragmatic Naturalism: Progress in Science, Mathematics, and Values

Professor Philip Kitcher, Columbia University, USA

14-16 October, 2020

Tilburg University, The Netherlands

https://descarteslectures2020.wordpress.com/

Every other year, a distinguished philosopher visits Tilburg University and the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) to present the René Descartes Lectures. It is a great pleasure to announce that Professor Philip Kitcher (Columbia University in the City of New York) will deliver the 2020 Descartes lectures on the topic: Pragmatic Naturalism: Progress in Science, Mathematics, and Values. Professors Michela Massimi (Edinburgh), Cheryl Misak (Toronto), and James Conant (Chicago/Leipzig) will provide commentaries on each one of Professor Kitcher’s three lectures.

Concurrently with the lectures, we will host a workshop on the topic of the lectures. For this workshop, we invite submissions in the form of extended abstracts (about 500 words) by April 30, 2020.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature and possibility of progress in science, mathematics, or ethics
  • Theories of progress—in particular, pragmatic and naturalistic theories of progress
  • The normative criteria for individuating improvement (or regress) in science, mathematics, or ethics
  • Historical case studies of progress in science, mathematics or ethics
  • The causes of long-term improvement (or regress) in science, mathematics, or ethics
  • Progress and human well-being
  • Progress and realisms
  • The social organization of inquiry and progress/regress
  • Progress, diversity, and disagreement

The Editors-in-chief at Synthese showed an interest in publishing articles related to the topic of this conference. When you submit your abstract, please indicate if you would like it to be considered for inclusion in a full proposal for a topical collection at Synthese.

Abstracts should be submitted via Easychair. Please submit your abstract in an anonymized form.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by early June. Members of the Descartes Lectures Program Committee are listed here. All questions about submissions should be directed to the Chair of the Descartes Lectures 2020 Committee, Dr Matteo Colombo (m.colombo[at]uvt.nl).

For more information, including the abstracts of all lectures, visit our website https://descarteslectures2020.wordpress.com/.

COVID-19 update: Given the ongoing uncertainties about the pandemic, we are currently working on a plan B, which includes the option of holding a virtual congress instead of a face-to-face meeting. If the organization should decide to move the conference online, contributors will be informed well in advance.

Organizers:
Matteo Colombo
Caroline Harnacke
Georgie Mills
Sander Verhaegh

Submitted by Inken Rabbel (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, HRK).

In Ergänzung zu den im Wintersemester 2019/20 stattfindenden Kleine Fächer-Wochen an deutschen Hochschulen möchte die HRK mit der vorliegenden Ausschreibung des Wettbewerbs “Kleine Fächer: Sichtbar innovativ!” einen zusätzlichen Impuls für Kommunikation und Vernetzung im Kontext der Kleinen Fächer geben.

Ziel des Wettbewerbs ist es, insbesondere jüngere Vertreter*innen Kleiner Fächer zur aktiven Erprobung neuer Kommunikations- und Vernetzungsstrategien anzuregen und die Umsetzung entsprechender Ideen konkret zu unterstützen. Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen sollen dazu ermutigt werden, im Kleinen Neues zu probieren und Konzepte zu entwickeln, die auch oder gerade von Kleinen Fächern genutzt werden können, um sich ins Gespräch zu bringen und hochschulintern wie hochschulextern sichtbarer zu werden.

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Angesichts der Auswirkungen der Corona-Pandemie auf den Hochschulbetrieb wurden die Fristen für den Nachwuchswettbewerb “Kleine Fächer: Sichtbar innovativ!” den Umständen entsprechend angepasst. Die Bewerbungsfrist wurde bis zum 15. Mai 2020 verlängert, der Umsetzungszeitraum für die Projekte wurde auf die Periode 1. Oktober 2020 bis 28. Februar 2021 verschoben.

Alle Informationen zum Wettbewerb finden Sie unter www.kleine-faecher-wochen.de/nachwuchswettbewerb.

Submitted by Thomas Reydon (University of Hannover).

 

The GenDar project (Hannover/Paris) invites applications for two positions as

Research Assistant (m/f/d) (Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy of Science)

starting May 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are limited in duration to three years. One position is based at the Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, the other at the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

The GenDar project: The research project “The Explanatory Scope of Generalized Darwinism: Towards Criteria for Evolutionary Explanations Outside Biology” is funded jointly by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). The project consists of two research teams, one in Hannover and one in Paris, and is jointly lead by Thomas Reydon (Hannover) and Philippe Huneman (Paris). The overarching objective of the project is to achieve clarity on the epistemic potential and the possible societal consequences of applying evolutionary thinking outside biology.

While there is no a priori reason to think that Darwinian evolutionary theory could not be used outside biology to generate scientific explanations of non-biological phenomena, it remains unclear which criteria need to be met for such applications to succeed. The project aims to formulate such criteria and in so doing to provide a profound understanding of the possible explanatory scope of Darwinian evolutionary theory. To achieve this aim, the GenDar project investigates different ways of formalizing Darwinian evolutionary theory, different ways of conceptualizing the metaphysics of evolutionary processes, and the possible wider consequences for both biology and society of developing and applying generalized versions of Darwinian evolutionary theory.

Further information on the GenDar project can be found on:
<https://www.reydon.info/darwinism-project/>

The candidates: The successful candidates’ main task will be to conduct research on a dissertation project on topics investigated in the GenDar research project. Both dissertations will be jointly supervised by the PIs of the GenDar project, Thomas Reydon and Philippe Huneman, but the PhD degrees will be awarded by each doctoral candidate’s home institution (i.e., Leibniz Universität Hannover and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne respectively). Both candidates will work in close cooperation with the research team at the partner university and spend several brief research visits with the partner team.

To qualify for the position, applicants should hold a university degree in an area relevant to the GenDar research project (typically a Master’s degree in Philosophy, HPS, (Theoretical) Biology, or a related area). Applicants should be fluent in English and should be able to clearly demonstrate an interest in the topics studied in the GenDar project (i.e., the epistemology and metaphysics of evolutionary theory, formalizations of evolutionary theory, evolutionary social science and economics, the use of theories from the natural sciences in the social sciences, etc.). A demonstrable background in Philosophy of Biology and/or (Theoretical) Evolutionary Biology will be advantageous.

The application: While the GenDar project is a joint project of two teams based at two universities, each doctoral candidate will be employed by one of the partner institutions. Each participating institution has its own specific conditions of employment and the institutions have separate hiring processes. This means that applicants who wish to be considered for both available positions must send two applications, one to Hannover and one to Paris. For formal reasons, candidates who only apply to one of the two participating institutions can only be considered by the institution to which they applied.

The job advertisements for the respective positions can be found here:

All advertisements can also be accessed from Thomas Reydon’s website:
<https://www.reydon.info/darwinism-project/>

Candidates are requested to follow the specific instructions for the position for which they are applying. Please note that in their application candidates must explain why they have a clear interest in being part of either the Hannover team or the Paris team. (Candidates who apply for both positions should use the same text in their cover letter, but at least express a preference for one of the two locations. Expressing a preference for one location does not preclude a candidate from being considered for the position at the other location.)

The deadline for both applications is March 21, 2020. Interviews will be conducted online in April 2020.

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the MCMP (LMU Munich)

MCMP, LMU Munich
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_2020/index.html
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The Chair of Philosophy of Science under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann seeks applications for two 3-year postdoctoral positions.
We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in at least one of the following fields: general philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of statistics, formal epistemology, formal philosophy of science, social epistemology, philosophy and psychology of reasoning and argumentation, agent-based modeling in philosophy, and decision theory.

Application deadline: March 31 2020

For more information and details see:
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_2020/index.html

Submitted by Silvia Stößer (University College Freiburg).

 

Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

The University invites applications for a Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

  • This professorship is particularly suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.
  • Fulltime position, Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

The University expects an excellent international academic record in (Historical) Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and/or Theory of Science. More specifically, candidates should demonstrate, in research and teaching, a historical and comparative perspective on epistemology and methodology, and on the societal and cultural conditions and implications of knowledge and science (understood in the broad sense of “Wissenschaft”).

The University of Freiburg has successfully established the interdisciplinary four-year “Liberal Arts and Sciences” (LAS) Bachelor Program for a total of 320 students within the institutional framework of University College Freiburg (UCF). The development of a research program in the area of epistemology and theory of science is at the discretion of the position holder. Interdisciplinary research profiles that link to one of the LAS Majors and to empirical research fields at the University will be favored (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Economics). Research cooperations between the humanities and natural sciences could, for example, contribute to fields such as “Environmental Humanities” or “Medical Humanities” or to research consortia such as the University’s Clusters of Excellence. Particularly desirable are research interests that resonate with the STS professorship at UCF and support the existing cooperation with the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. A research focus that considers interdisciplinarity (e.g. understandings of models, experiments, observations, concepts, representations, instruments, or methods that cross disciplinary boundaries) and/or a broad approach towards “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” are welcome.

The professorship’s teaching responsibilities will focus on the LAS Program, especially on epistemology and philosophy, theory, and history of science and knowledge. Courses offered by the professorship are mainly situated in the LAS Core curriculum. In addition, teaching in the four LAS Majors and in other programs is possible. A priority of UCF, within a cross-departmental curriculum initiative, is the co-development of course offerings in “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” to students of various study programs at the University of Freiburg.

The LAS Program’s novelty for German higher education refers not only to its comprehensive interdisciplinarity, but also to the innovative teaching contexts and methods. Therefore, in addition to an excellent and international teaching record, a passion for teaching and proven interest and experience in interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to higher education – ideally in a Liberal Arts and Sciences context – are required.

Professors at UCF are responsible for UCF leadership and for the further development of the LAS program and of UCF. As the LAS Program is English-taught, excellent English proficiency in teaching and research is required. The official language of the University is German. Non-native German speakers are expected to learn German within three years. Prerequisites for the employment of Professors are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. Substantial achievements and experience in academic research and teaching, at the level of a Habilitation according to the German academic system, are expected.

The following application documents are to be submitted: Curriculum vitae, certificates of degrees and academic qualifications, complete list of publications and invited lectures specifying the 10 most important publications, grants awarded, research profile and plan. We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for this position. Please send in a complete and convincing application and a print version of the application form in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000946, by 31.03.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät
Dekan Prof. Dr. Dietmar Neutatz
D 79085 Freiburg

or as PDF to: philosfak@dekanate.uni-freiburg.de

For further information, please contact Bettina Ragen: +49 761 203-3371, philosfak@dekanate.uni-freiburg.de. Information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Code for Practice for professorial appointments.

The application form can be found at:
http://www.zuv.uni-freiburg.de/formulare/bewerbungsbogen-professoren-en.pdf

The complete job announcement can be also found here:
https://www.ucf.uni-freiburg.de/dateien/college/job-offer/full-professorship-for-epistemology-and-theory-of-science

Submitted by Sebastian Schuol (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg).


Conference: Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding

Venue: Hörsäle Medizin, Ulmenweg 18, 91054 Erlangen

Start: 26.03.2020 09:30

End: 27.03.2020 17:00

Topic:

The production and distribution of knowledge is a key process in scientific and scholarly inquiry. In recent years, different agents have shown an increased interest in basic as opposed to applied science, for example in fields of rising social significance such as AI or biomedical technology. These research interests in turn direct attention to the sources of funding, and, as a consequence, to the direction of inquiry and the accessibility of results. The main problem that arises from this development can be expressed in two questions: First, does the influence of private funding change the selection of research topics in an epistemically or otherwise (un-)desirable direction? And second, does it lead to a privatization of knowledge, and if so, what are the consequences of this privatization?

Keynote speakers:

Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes)

Bennett Holman (Yonsei University)

Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)

Sergio Sismondo (Queen‘s University, Kingston)

Preliminary Program:

https://www.ziwis.fau.de/files/2020/02/Programm_31012020.pdf

Registration:

Please register until March 10th, 2020, by writing an E-Mail including your general information (name, contact, affiliation) to ziwis-conference@fau.de. The conference fee is 80 € (students: 50 €) and includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days. The fee is payable via bank transfer (we will send out detailed information after confirming your participation). Please note that the fee is refundable only until February 25th, 2020.

Links:

    www.ziwis.fau.de/files/2019/11/Handzettel_Public_Research_Homepage.pdf  

    www.ziwis.fau.de/public-research (conference website)

Organizers:

Michael Jungert, Julia Böttcher, Jon Leefmann, Christoph Merdes, Sebastian Schuol

Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen (Germany)

Submitted by Sebastian Schuol (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg).

 

Call for Contributions: Public Research and Private Knowledge

Deadline for Abstracts: 29 March 2020

Deadline for Manuscripts: 31 July 2020 

Research Topic:

Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding

The production and distribution of knowledge is a key process in scientific and scholarly inquiry. However, this process is not and has never been limited to universities and public research institutes alone, but extends to agents as diverse as the Research & Development Departments of companies, citizen scientists, and private non-profit research institutes. In recent years, these agents have shown an increased interest in basic ˗ as opposed to applied ˗ science, for example in fields of rising social significance such as AI or biomedical technology. These specific research interests in turn direct attention to the sources of funding, and, as a consequence, to the direction of inquiry and the accessibility of results. The main problem that arises from this development can be expressed in two questions: First, does the influence of private funding change the selection of research topics in an epistemically or otherwise (un-) desirable direction? And second, does it lead to a privatization of knowledge, and if so, what are the consequences of this privatization? Some key questions in this area of investigation are:

• Where do new sources of research funding come from, and how important a role do they play? Which agents foster the development, which methods do they use, and what are their primary motivations?

• What are the epistemic consequences, and who is affected by them? What is the impact of business interests on epistemic norms and ideals, and are there any (additional) sources of bias to be expected?

• Have there been any (changes of) institutional structures in the last decades that have stimulated or hindered these tendencies? Which historical idea of science is at stake? Which factors affected the practices of organizing the production and distribution of scientific knowledge during the second half of the 20th century?

• Is academic freedom threatened by these developments, and if so, to what extent? How could it be maintained? What are the epistemic effects of endowment chairs and industry-sponsored PhD projects?

Contributions may approach these and related questions from various disciplinary perspectives such as philosophy of science, history of science, science and technology studies, social epistemology, and formal epistemology.

Submission:

Contributions must be original and may not be under review elsewhere. Extended abstracts should be no longer than 1000 words and describe the topic, structure, and argument of the paper. We will invite the submission of full manuscripts, based on the quality of the extended abstract. All manuscripts will be subject to single-blind peer-review.

Keywords: public research, private research, research funding, private knowledge, research grants, business interests, scientific knowledge, academic freedom, epistemology

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/11981/public-research-and-private-knowledge—science-in-times-of-diverse-research-funding#overview

Submitted by Christian Sachse (University of Geneva).

 


The 8th Congress of the Society for the Philosophy of Science
September 9-11 2020
University of Mons (Belgium)

Website: https://sps2020.sciencesconf.org/

The next meeting of the Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS: https://www.sps-philoscience.org/) will take place on September 9-11 2020 at the University of Mons (Belgium).

Organisation committee: Antoine Brandelet (University of Mons), Anne Staquet (University of Mons), Alice Van Helden (University of Namur), Bertrand Hespel (University of Namur), Dominique Lambert (University of Namur).

The main theme of the 2020 congress will be: “Science and scientificity

More information can be found on the website; here are some inspiring key words (NOTA BENE: any proposal for a contribution in the field of philosophy of science will be considered):

  • Science and pseudoscience
  • Challenges imposed by the evolution of scientific practices (e.g. open data, participatory science, publication of negative results)
  • Production of ignorance (scientific expertise, fake news, merchants of doubt, etc.)
  • Scientific values, scientific integrity and evaluation of science
  • Scientific culture (“public understanding of science”)

The meeting is composed of:
(1) invited speakers (TBA)
(2) Symposia (In English or French) of 3-4 interventions on one specific theme; the total length of a symposium is 1h30-2h according to the number of included interventions. Symposia a highly recommended, notably if they include both scientific and philosophical interventions.
(3) Individiual papers (In English or French), suitable for a 30-minute presentation (discussion included),

Paper submission:
Deadline for submission: 30 April 2020
Submission via the website https://sps2020.sciencesconf.org/

Individual paper:

  • In French or in English
  • Suitable for a 30-minute presentation (discussion included)
  • About the theme of the meeting or any other topic in philosophy of science

Symposium (3 people):

  • In French or in English
  • Suitable for a 90- or 120-minute symposium, depending on how many interventions are included
  • About the theme of the meeting or any other topic in the philosophy of science

Scientific Committee: TBA

Submission Format:
Short abstract + extended abstract joined in .pdf or .doc

For a symposium:

  • Title of the symposium
  • Short abstract (max. 250 words) describing the general topic
  • Extended anonymous abstract in a separated file (.pdf or .doc, max. 2500 words) describing the symposium in general and each presentation (max. 4 participants)

Individual paper:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Short abstract (max. 250 words)
  • Extended abstract in a separated file (.pdf or .doc, max. 1000 words)

Extended abstracts must be ready for anonymous review, any name or affiliation should not be mentioned.

Notification of acceptance: May 31 2020
Inscriptions from May 31 2020 to 15 August 2020
For any inquiries, please contact Antoine Brandelet (antoine.brandelet@umons.ac.be)

Submitted by Kristina Musholt (University of Leipzig).

 

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY
CALL FOR PAPERS
28th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP), University of Leipzig, Germany, 31st of August – 3rd of September 2020

 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dorit Bar-On (University of Connecticut)
  • Herbert Clark (Stanford University)
  • Victoria McGeer (Princeton University and ANU)
  • Vicky Southgate (University of Copenhagen)

 

Call for submissions:
The Society invites submitted symposia, papers and posters for this meeting. Submissions are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to psychologists, philosophers and linguists.

If you have any questions, contact us by writing an email to: conference@eurospp.org

For more information on the conference, have a look at our website: https://www.espp2020.com/

 

CFP
The Society invites submitted symposia, papers and posters for this meeting. Submissions are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to psychologists, philosophers and linguists.

Symposia are allocated a two-hour slot and consist of a set of linked papers on a common theme. Symposia should typically include perspectives from at least two different disciplines (e.g., philosophy and linguistics). Symposia organizers should submit an outline of the symposium along with a list of speakers and abstracts as a single document. Please do not submit more than one PDF file per symposium.

Papers should not exceed a length of 20 minutes (about 8 double-spaced pages) for a total 30 minutes session. Submissions may consist of a 500-word abstract, though in the case of philosophical submissions a full paper is preferred. A submission for a poster presentation should consist of a 500-word abstract. When submitting your paper or poster online, please first indicate the primary discipline of your paper (philosophy, psychology, or linguistics) and whether your submission is intended as a paper or a poster. Submitted papers may also be considered for presentation as a poster if space constraints prevent acceptance as a paper or if the submission is thought more suitable for presentation as a poster. All paper and poster submissions (whether abstracts or full papers) should be in .doc or PDF-format and should be properly anonymized in order to allow for blind refereeing.

The deadline for all submissions is April 1st (midnight, GMT), 2020.

Submissions should be made online via Easychair: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=espp2020#

 

General Aim:
The aim of the European Society for Philosophy & Psychology is ‘to promote interaction between philosophers and psychologists on issues of common concern’. Psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, computer scientists and biologists are encouraged to report experimental, theoretical and clinical work that they judge to have philosophical significance; and philosophers are encouraged to engage with the fundamental issues addressed by and arising out of such work. In recent years ESPP sessions have covered such topics as theory of mind, attention, reference, problems of consciousness, introspection and self-report, emotion, perception, early numerical cognition, spatial concepts, infants’ understanding of intentionality, memory and time, motor imagery, counterfactuals, the semantics/pragmatics distinction, comparative cognition, minimalism in linguistic theory, reasoning, vagueness, mental causation, action and agency, thought without language, externalism, hypnosis, and the interpretation of neuropsychological results.

 

Programme chairs:

  • Dorothea Debus
  • Olivier Mascaro
  • Maria Spychalska
  • Eva Rafetseder

 

Main local organiser:

  • Kristina Musholt

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is organising the seventh

Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students 2020

MCMP, LMU Munich

July 26-31, 2020

https://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html
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The summer school is open to excellent female students who want to specialise in mathematical philosophy. Applications are now accepted via the online application form on the summer school’s website: https://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/call-for-application/index.html

The deadline for applications is March 30, 2020. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2020.

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

Website: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/philosophie/personen/hundertmark/2020BF/index.html

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 (fhundertmark@uni-bielefeld.de).

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:
https://www.uni-muenster.de/EvoPAD/application/index.html

Requirements

  • 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 (evopad@uni-muenster.de) 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

http://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de.

Please send applications electronically to lhc.epistemology@uni-wuppertal.de. 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).

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

Details
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)

Topics
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: http://u.ethz.ch/7Qekm

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 (https://bonn20.dpg-tagungen.de/). 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 https://www.dpg-tagung.de/bn20/submission.html?language=en.

As conference fees are not trivial (https://bonn20.dpg-tagungen.de/registrierung/tagungsgebuehren), 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 Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

 

The Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology (Department of Philosophy) at Bielefeld University offers a

full-time research position (postdoctoral position)

starting April 1st, 2020

(E13 TV-L, non-permanent position, 3 years)

The official job announcement can be found here: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19305_englisch.pdf (English)

https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19305.pdf (German)

 

Your Tasks

The advertised position is part of the project on “Complex Biological Dispositions: A Case Study in the Metaphysics of Biological Practice” (PI: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser) in the DFG-funded research group “Inductive Metaphysics” (FOR 2495, https://indmet.weebly.com/).

This project asks what biological dispositions are, how they are individuated, what makes them complex, whether they are extrinsic and come in degrees, and how they relate to their causal basis and to (underlying) biological mechanisms. We address these metaphysical questions by analyzing four paradigmatic examples of dispositions studied in the biological sciences: the pluripotency of stem cells, the boldness of animals, the evolvability of populations, and the sustainability of human actions or development. The project is a study within Inductive Metaphysics, specifically in “metaphysics of biological practice” (Kaiser 2018, 29). We develop metaphysical claims about biological dispositions by using inductive methods that invoke various kinds of empirical information from and about biological practice, such as information about how biologists investigate biological dispositions and about how disposition ascriptions figure in their explanatory practices. The goal of this project is to develop a practice-oriented metaphysical account of biological dispositions, which makes novel contributions to the philosophy of biology and yields interesting consequences for debates about dispositions within the metaphysics of science.

 

Your responsibilities:

  • conduct independent research in the context of the project described above and in related areas (80 %)
  • actively participate in the regular meetings and events of the research group (10 %)
  • contribute to organizing workshops and other events (5 %)
  • organizational tasks that are part of the self-administration of the university (5 %)

 

Your Profile

We expect

  • university degree in a discipline that is relevant to the project (e.g. philosophy, philosophy of science, biology, life sciences, science studies)
  • PhD in philosophy of science, metaphysics or in a related area of analytical philosophy
  • independent and innovative research profile in philosophy of science or metaphysics
  • experience in interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • relevant publications in international, peer-reviewed journals or their concrete preparation
  • autonomous and active manner of working
  • excellent coordination and organization skills
  • ability to work as a member of a team
  • excellent proficiency in written and spoken English

 

Preferable qualifications

  • international orientation of research activities
  • experience in organizing workshops and conferences
  • international experience in academia

 

Application Procedure

Please send your application by email (a single PDF) to bewerbung-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de by January 1st, 2020. Please mark your application with the identification code: wiss19305. To apply, please provide the usual documents (CV including information about your academic education and degrees, professional experience, publications, conference contributions, and further relevant skills and abilities) and (1) a summary of your dissertation (2-3 pages), (2) an outline of your future research, which also points out why you want to work in the project described above (3-4 pages), (3) two of your best, relevant publications (at least one of them must be published). The application can be written in German or English.

 

Contact

Name: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser

Phone: +49 521 106-4605

Email: kaiser.m@uni-bielefeld.de

Submitted by Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

 

The Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology (Department of Philosophy) at Bielefeld University offers a

part-time research position (PhD-position)

starting April 1st, 2020

(E13 TV-L, 65%, non-permanent position, for 3 years)

The official job announcement can be found here: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19304_englisch.pdf (English)

https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19304.pdf (German)

 

Your Tasks

The advertised position is part of the project on “Complex Biological Dispositions: A Case Study in the Metaphysics of Biological Practice” (PI: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser) in the DFG-funded research group “Inductive Metaphysics” (FOR 2495, https://indmet.weebly.com/).

This project asks what biological dispositions are, how they are individuated, what makes them complex, whether they are extrinsic and come in degrees, and how they relate to their causal basis and to (underlying) biological mechanisms. We address these metaphysical questions by analyzing four paradigmatic examples of dispositions studied in the biological sciences: the pluripotency of stem cells, the boldness of animals, the evolvability of populations, and the sustainability of human actions or development. The project is a study within Inductive Metaphysics, specifically in “metaphysics of biological practice” (Kaiser 2018, 29). We develop metaphysical claims about biological dispositions by using inductive methods that invoke various kinds of empirical information from and about biological practice, such as information about how biologists investigate biological dispositions and about how disposition ascriptions figure in their explanatory practices. The goal of this project is to develop a practice-oriented metaphysical account of biological dispositions, which makes novel contributions to the philosophy of biology and yields interesting consequences for debates about dispositions within the metaphysics of science.

 

Your responsibilities

  • conduct independent research in the context of the project described above and in related areas (80 %)
  • actively participate in the regular meetings and events of the research group (10 %)
  • contribute to organizing workshops and other events (5 %)
  • organizational tasks that are part of the self-administration of the university (5 %)

 

We expect

  • university degree (Master or Diploma) in a discipline that is relevant to the project (e.g. philosophy, philosophy of science, biology, life sciences, science studies)
  • willingness to work with colleagues in an interdisciplinary setting
  • ability to work as a member of a team
  • autonomous and active manner of working
  • excellent coordination and organization skills
  • good proficiency in written and spoken English

 

Application Procedure

Please send your application by email (a single PDF) to bewerbung-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de by January 1st, 2020. Please mark your application with the identification code: wiss19304. To apply, please provide: (i) a letter of motivation including a statement of your research interests, motivation and expectation from being part of the research group/project; (ii) a CV including information about academic education and degrees, and, where it applies, professional experience, publications, fellowships/awards, conference contributions, and further relevant skills and abilities; (iii) transcript of records of your Master studies; (iv) short summary of your Master’s thesis (1 page); (v) a letter of recommendation. The application can be written in German or English.

 

Contact

Name: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser

Phone: +49 521 106-4605

Email: kaiser.m@uni-bielefeld.de

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

Aim:
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 <http://www.sophia-conference.org/> 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 http://www.kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org/ and submit it via e-mail (subject line: SOPhiA 2020) to <editor@kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org>. 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: <www.sophia-conference.org>

Submitted by Marcel Weber (University of Geneva).

 

EASPLS 2020

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: https://kli.ac.at/en/events/all_events/view/550

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: https://www.kli.ac.at/en/events/event_calendar/view/550.

Application 

Applications should be sent to the following email address: easpls2020@kli.ac.at. 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.

Format

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: http://bit.ly/2cM9AWU).

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: https://philosophy.ceu.edu/programs/joint-phd

Deadline: Jan 30, 2020