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Call for Papers and Symposia

The European Philosophy of Science Association invites contributed papers and proposals for symposia for its next conference, EPSA19, to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) on 11-14 September 2019The conference will feature contributed talks, 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 also welcome philosophically-minded scientists and investigators from areas outside the philosophy of science, for example, as symposium participants; and we particularly welcome submissions from women, ethnic minorities, and other under-represented groups 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 EPSA19 Programme Committee, headed by Anouk Barberousse and Richard Dawid, will strive for quality, variety, and diversity on the programme. All papers accepted for presentation at EPSA19 can later on be submitted to a conference issue of the EJPS. Deadlines and further instructions will be given at the time of acceptance.

Contributed Papers

We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1000 characters) and an extended abstract through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 14 January 2019. The extended abstract should include the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 1000 words maximum. 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.


We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1,000 characters) and a full proposal through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 14 January 2019. 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 five. 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.

Graduate Student Essay Prize

The EPSA will award a Graduate Student Essay Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student this September. The winner will be officially announced at the conference and will receive a 500 EUR prize.

Student presenters who have not yet received their PhD by the time of the conference are invited to submit their essay for this prize by 20 August 2019.  The essay should be 5,000 words or less, formatted for blind review, and emailed as a PDF document to your essay is co-authored with someone who is not a student you can still submit it for consideration, provided that you are the first author.

Finally, we would like to remind you that the EPSA requires all presenters to be fully-paid members in order to present at the conference. You can start or renew your membership online here.

Poster Session

We invite contributions of posters, which will be presented in a dedicated poster session. Posters can be submitted either as a second option for papers that are also submitted as contributed talks or specifically for the poster session. For poster submissions, please follow the guidelines for contributed papers, add the word Poster below the title on both abstracts, and submit your abstracts either by ticking the Poster box in the contributed paper track or by uploading your material in the poster track in EasyChair

Submission Guidelines and Rules

  • The deadline for all submissions is 14 January 2019.
  • All submissions should be made through EasyChair. Please note that first-time users have to register as users of EasyChair.
  • To present at the conference, you must be an active and paying member of the EPSA. Join or renew membership today.
  • Authors can simultaneously make one submission for each of the three above types (contributed paper, symposium, poster), but any author can appear on the programme only once as a presenter or symposium organizer. 
  • In case of acceptance of multiple submissions by one author, the programme committee will give symposium participation priority over contributed talks and contributed talks over 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 EPSA19 may also appear as co-authors of other papers that are part of the programme, but not as first author/presenter.
  • The decisions on the acceptance of submissions will be announced on 15 April 2019.

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