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Prof. Michela Massimi (Edinburgh, UK), Vice President of EPSA, won the prestigious 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal of the Royal Society for her interdisciplinary interests in and communication of modern philosophy and science. Congratulations!
The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) announces 12 EPSA Fellowships for junior philosophers working in Central and Eastern Europe to visit a leading research institution in Western Europe. The fellowship covers travel, accommodation and living expenses for approximately one month (details below) in the academic year 2017/18. During their visit, successful candidates will be members of the host institution and take part in its research activities. In alphabetic order, the participating institutions are:
The fellowships are made possible due to the generous support of the participating institutions, which cover the full costs of the visits.
Eligible are philosophers of science who have been awarded their PhD no more than ten years prior to the application deadline. Applicants who were on maternity or sick leave, or have only worked part-time in philosophy after receiving their PhD, can apply for an extension of the ten-year period. Applicants who wish to apply for such an extension should explain their circumstances in their application and the EPSA committee will consider their case. Applicants must work in one of the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
To apply send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 August 2017:
Application must be made in English. The above should be merged into one PDF file in the order listed. Results will be announced in September 2017.
The fine print:
Dear Members of the European Philosophy of Science Association,
It is a great pleasure to announce that Phyllis Illari and Federica Russo have been appointed as the new Co-Editors-in-Chief of the European Journal for Philosophy of Science (EJPS). Their 3-years term starts in July 2017.
Phyllis Illari received her PhD from King’s College London and is currently Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science in the Science and Technology Studies Department at University College London. Before UCL, she completed two postdoctoral projects at the University of Kent and at the University of Hertfordshire. Her current work is on mechanisms, causality, and information, and how they impact on evidence assessment in biomedical sciences.
Federica Russo received her PhD from the Université catholique de Louvain and is currently Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Science at the University of Amsterdam. Before that she held research, teaching, and visiting positions at several institutions, including the University of Kent and the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research has two main strands: causality and evidence in the social, biomedical, policy sciences, and the relations between science and technology.
Phyllis and Federica are already very experienced in the publishing business. They have worked together on several projects, including their co-authored volume Causality: Philosophical Theory Meets Scientific Practice (OUP, 2014) and co-edited (together with Jon Williamson) Causality in the Sciences (OUP, 2011). Federica is also an Associate Editor of the journals Philosophy and Technology and Topoi and serves on the editorial board of The Reasoner. In 2016, Federica was also an Associate Editor of the European Journal for Philosophy of Science, hence she knows our journal first hand. Phyllis is currently Associate Editor of the Springer journal Philosophy & Technology and Editor-in-Chief of The Philosophy of Information: A Simple Introduction (2012, 2013).
The European Journal for Philosophy of Science was founded in 2010 and the first issue appeared in 2011. The founding editors of the journal were Mauro Dorato and Carl Hoefer, and we cannot be thankful enough to Mauro and Carl for the truly excellent job they have done over the years. It is not easy to start a journal from scratch and to position it on a competitive market with several highly regarded journals. Federica and Phyllis will take over a well-regarded and established journal. Many thanks, Mauro and Carl!
I would also like to thank the other teams who applied for the Editorship-in-Chief. We received indeed several very strong applications, and the Steering Committee is very happy that there is so much support for EPSA and interest in running the journal in the EPSA community. Finally, I would like to thank Federica and Phyllis and wish them all the best for their term as Co-Editors-in-Chief of EJPS.
With best wishes, on behalf of the EPSA Steering Committee,
President, European Philosophy of Science Association
Alexander von Humboldt Professor, LMU Munich
In June 2017, the members of EPSA will elect a new President and four new regular members of the Steering Committee. The current Vice President and four other members of the Steering Committee will remain in office to guarantee continuity. For the first time in the history of EPSA, these elections will be conducted electronically.
To prepare for the elections, we are seeking nominations for the various offices. All EPSA members are invited to propose candidates for President and for regular Steering Committee members. Note that the research institute of the President hosts the EPSA office and takes care of the EPSA webpage. EPSA has only very limited (if any) resources to contribute to this. Before proposing candidates, make sure that the candidates are willing to run and that they are EPSA members. As EPSA would like to involve more women philosophers of science, the nomination of female candidates is especially encouraged. Nominations should be sent to the EPSA email-address: email@example.com. The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2017. The Nomination Committee will then come up with a list of up to three candidates for President and up to eight candidates for regular members of the Steering Committee. Members of previous Steering Committees (but not of the present one) can run again if they wish.
EPSA is a thriving learned society with the goal of promoting philosophy of science in Europe. To keep it thriving, it is important to have active and committed officers. We therefore urge all EPSA members to nominate suitable candidates.
The members of the Nomination Committee are Jeanne Peijnenburg (chair), Helen Beebee, Phyllis Illari, Theo Kuipers, and Marcel Weber.
The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) calls for proposals for the venue of EPSA19, its seventh conference, to be held in the autumn of 2019. The biennial conference is the main scientific event of EPSA, typically attracting 300-400 philosophers of science from across the world. It usually comprises 180 contributed and symposia talks, organized in as many as eight different sections, and taking place in five or six parallel sessions. A selection of the best talks is published as a volume in the new Springer series European Studies in Philosophy of Science (EJPS).
The conference is typically hosted by a philosophy of science unit, and its venue must be a recognized European academic or research institution. The event takes place in the autumn over a period of 3-4 days (which must include a Saturday) in alternating years to the conferences of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA). Past conferences have taken place at Madrid (2007), Amsterdam (2009), Athens (2011), Helsinki (2013), and Düsseldorf (2015). EPSA17 will take place in Exeter, UK.
A Local Organizing Committee (LOC, typically comprising 5-6 people) is set up at the host institution – with a remit to organize the event itself. About one year in advance the Steering Committee (SC) of EPSA puts out a call for papers and selects a Program Committee (PC) comprising distinguished philosophers of science. The LOC, SC and PC are non-overlapping sets of people, with the exception of the Chairs of the LOC and PC, who may be drawn from the SC. The Chairs of the LOC and PC are also expected to act as joint editors of the conference volume.
Proposals (one PDF document) must be submitted to the President of the Association (Prof. Stephan Hartmann, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 15, 2017 and must include the following:
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In this issue we ask Olav Gjelsvik & Katarzyna Paprzycka about the situation in Norway and Poland for philosophy, especially philosophy of science. Roman Frigg takes a closer look for us at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science – LSE CPNSS. Italian physicist Fulvio Ricci and British philosopher Mary S. Morgan are the interviewees for our category “Science meets philosophy” and our category “Women in Philosophy of Science. Three-minute interview with… “.
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