CfP: EPSA17 (Exeter, 6-9 September 2017)

Submitted by Thomas Reydon, University of Hannover.

Call for Papers and Symposia – EPSA17 (see also

The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) invites contributed papers and proposals for symposia for its next conference, EPSA17 (, which will be held at the University of Exeter from 6-9 September 2017.

The conference will feature contributed papers, symposia, and posters covering all subfields of the philosophy of science, and will bring together a large number of philosophers of science from Europe and overseas. We are also welcoming philosophically minded scientists and investigators from other areas outside the philosophy of science, for example as participants in a symposium, and we particularly welcome submissions from women, ethnic minorities, and any other underrepresented group in the profession.

The conference has ten sections:
1 General philosophy of science
2 Philosophy of the physical sciences
3 Philosophy of the life sciences
4 Philosophy of the cognitive sciences
5 Philosophy of the social sciences
6 Philosophy of technology and philosophy of interdisciplinary research
7 Philosophy of science in practice
8 Formal philosophy of science
9 Integrated history, philosophy, and social studies of science
10 Ethical issues in the sciences
The EPSA17 Program Committee, headed by David Teira and Thomas Reydon, will strive for quality, variety, and diversity on the program. A selection of accepted contributed and symposium papers will appear in an edited volume, to be published by Springer.

Contributed Papers – We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1,000 characters) and an extended abstract through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 5 January 2017. The extended abstract should include the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the paper, and an abstract of max. 1,000 words. The allocated time for delivering contributed papers at the conference will be 30 minutes, including discussion. Please prepare your abstracts for blind review, and submit your extended abstract as a PDF file. Authors who want their paper to be considered for the poster session in case of non acceptance as a talk should tick the appropriate box in EasyChair. Authors whose papers could not be accepted for presentation as a talk but who are offered a place in the poster session will be notified in the decision email.

Symposia – We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1,000 characters) and a full proposal through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 5 January 2017. The full proposal should include the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the proposed symposium, the contact details of the organizer(s) (who may or may not be a speaker) and the names and short CVs of all speakers (max. 1 page in total), a general description of the topic and its significance (max. 1,500 words), and titles and abstracts of all papers (max. 300 words for each paper). Accepted symposia will be allocated 120 minutes, including discussions. They can have any format but the maximum number of speakers is 5. Symposium proposals that explore connections between different areas or research programs in philosophy of science or between philosophy of science and sciences are encouraged. Please submit the full proposal as a PDF file.

Poster Session – It is possible to submit your contributed paper for presentation as a poster at a dedicated poster session instead of a talk in a 30-min. time slot. For poster submissions, please follow the guidelines for contributed papers, add the word ‘Poster’ below the title on both abstracts, and submit your abstracts in the poster track in EasyChair. Given the competition for places on the conference program, the poster session will also be open for contributed papers that for reasons of space could not be accepted for presentation as a talk although they were considered to be of high quality and of much relevance for the conference.

Submission Guidelines and Rules – All submissions should be made through EasyChair ( Please note that first time users have to register as users of EasyChair. Authors can simultaneously make one submission for each of the three above types (contributed paper, symposium, poster), but any author can appear on the program only once as a presenter or symposium organizer. In case of acceptance of multiple submissions by one author, the program committee will give symposium participation priority over contributed talks and posters. For co-authored contributed papers, symposium papers and posters it will be assumed that the first author will present the paper or poster. Accordingly, authors presenting at EPSA17 may also appear as co-authors of other papers that are part of the program, but not as first author / presenter.

EPSA17 Travel Grants – EPSA and the University of Exeter offer 15 travel grants (of up to 250 GBP each) for graduate students presenting a paper at the EPSA17 conference in Exeter. Grants are merit-based and will be awarded according to the ranking of papers by the Program Committee. Information about how to apply for travel grants will be included in the notification of acceptance.

EPSA17 Graduate Student Essay Prize – EPSA will award a Graduate Student Essay Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at EPSA17 in Exeter. The winner will be officially announced during EPSA17. He/she will receive 500 EUR. In addition, the winning paper will be taken into consideration for publication in EJPS, where it will be subjected to a standard review procedure which may result in requests for revisions to the original submission. Information about how to submit a paper for the essay prize will be included in the notification of acceptance.

Dates and Deadlines
– Deadline for all submissions: 5 January 2017
– Notification of acceptance (all submissions): 1 April 2017
– Early registration deadline: 15 June 2017
– Online registration deadline: 1 September 2017
– Conference: 6-9 September 2017