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Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - Wednesday, February 28, 2024
The Emmy Noether Group UDNN: Scientific Understanding and Deep Neural Networks ( invites participation in a two day workshop that marks the project’s kick-off.
Workshop on Epistemological Issues of Machine Learning in Science
Chaudoire Pavillon, TU Dortmund, Germany
With impressive advances in Machine Learning (ML) and particularly Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence is currently taking science by storm. This workshop brings together top scientists and philosophers working on fundamental issues connected to the use of Machine Learning in science. The workshop marks the launch of the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Group UDNN: Scientific Understanding and Deep Neural Networks, and is co-organized with the Lamarr Institute for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and co-funded by the Department for Humanities and Theology at TU Dortmund University.
Topics include, but are not restricted to:
  • The relation between prediction and discovery on the one hand, and explanation and understanding on the other, in fields of science that heavily rely on ML methods
  • The key issues in identifying genuine discoveries and stable predictions by ML systems
  • Core conceptions of “explanation” involved in the field of eXplainable AI (XAI), and their relation to philosophical theories of understanding and explanation
  • Present limitations associated with ML’s predictive power and what may be needed to overcome them
  • The connection between ML and traditional scientific means for prediction and discovery, such as theories, models, and experiments
  • Our present understanding of ML itself and its limitations 
  • Life Sciences
Jürgen Bajorath (University of Bonn)
Axel Mosig (Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Machine Learning Theory
M. Klopotek (University of Stuttgart)
Marie-Jeanne Lesot (Sorbonne Université Paris)
David Watson (King’s College London)
  • Philosophy
Kathleen A. Creel (Northeastern University Boston, MA)
Brigitte Falkenburg (TU Dortmund)
Konstantin Genin (University of Tübingen)
Lena Kästner (University of Bayreuth)
Henk de Regt (Radbout University Nijmegen)
Eva Schmidt (TU Dortmund)
Tom Sterkenburg (LMU Munich)
  • Physics / Astronomy
Dominik Elsässer (TU Dortmund)
Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen)
Mario Krenn (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light)
Wolfgang Rhode (TU Dortmund)
Christian Zeitnitz (BU Wuppertal)
Annika Schuster, Frauke Stoll, and Florian J. Boge
UDNN – Scientific Understanding and Deep Neural Networks
TU Dortmund
Emil-Figge-Straße 50
44227 Dortmund
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - Friday, March 8, 2024
Conference on the Role of Experts: Scientific Advisors and Public Management
Analyzing the role of experts is the focus of this workshop. Reflect on the scientists who advise public managers on issues such as the pandemic.

The planned completion dates are 7 (Thursday) and 8 (Friday) March 2024.
Matriculation period from February 1 to 23, 2024.
Venue at the University of A Coruña, Campus of Ferrol.

This Conference on the Role of Experts: Scientific Advisors and Public Management is the XXIX Conference on Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology of Science.
More information can be found in the leaflet available at the following address:

The invited speakers are the following:
Martin Carrier, Professor of Philosophy at the German University of Bielefeld and author of the paper "What does Good Science-Based Advice to Politics Look Like?", published in 2021 in the Journal for General Philosophy of Science. He has the 2018 Werner-Heisenberg Medal of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation.

Richard Bradley, Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and an expert in risk estimation and decision making.

Javier Ordoñez, Professor Emeritus of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he has been Vice-Rector for Research. He has also been a researcher at the Max Planck in Berlin for many years.

Inmaculada Melo-Martín is Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell University in New York and has published two books at Oxford University Press. She has been President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. She is a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Anna Estany Profitós, Professor Emeritus of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and co-editor of the volume (in Spanish) Institutional Design and Democratic Innovations, published in 2021.
Center for Research in Philosophy of Science and Technology (CIFCYT)
University of A Coruña
Faculty of Humanities and Information Science
Dr. Vazquez Cabrera Street, s/n
(A Coruña)
Phone 34 881 013814
Friday, March 15, 2024
Since 2007, the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET) has brought together philosophers and engineers to share insights and present research. 
Friday, March 29, 2024 - Saturday, March 30, 2024
The next Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable will be held March 29-30, 2024 at the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology in the University of Texas, Dallas. Our keynote speakers will be Muhammad Ali Khalidi (CUNY Graduate Center) and Quayshawn Spencer (University of Pennsylvania).
Saturday, April 6, 2024 - Sunday, April 7, 2024

Revitalizing Science and Values

April 6, 2024 @ 8:00 am - April 7, 2024 @ 5:00 pm EDT

The arena of science and values has grown in size and prominence in recent philosophy of science. But debates about the role of science remain fairly limited in terms of both the scope of topics discussed and in the range of views expressed. The aim of this conference is to broaden the horizons of work on science and values, partly by making room for new (or new versions of older) ideas and partly by getting it to interact with other parts of philosophy.

In this spirit we invite papers which expand the boundaries of current work in the field, and/or that argue for views that are outside of the current mainstream. These include, but are limited to:

  • Views bucking the trend towards value-laden science, and/or defending (new) versions of value-freedom.
  • Discussions aiming to bridge work on values in science and general value theory, especially political theory, political philosophy and moral philosophy.
  • Work seeking to connect literature on values in science to other core areas of philosophy of science, including confirmation, measurement and experimental practice, explanation, modeling and theory structure.
  • Work drawing connections between debates over values and science and topics in epistemology including the ethics of belief and moral and pragmatic encroachment.

Abstracts should be 500-800 words long and should be sent by November 15 to:

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
In connection with the centenary of the Vienna Circle and the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, we are organizing a conference titled Philosophy of Science: Past, Present and Future. This conference will take place on October 17-19, 2024, and will be held at the University of Minnesota.
The conference will consist of three sessions. First, a group of HOPOS scholars will reflect on the institutional history of philosophy of science, exploring how journals, research centers, societies, departments, and funding agencies have shaped the discipline as we know it today. Next, a group of contemporary philosophers of science (prominent researchers, journal editors, society presidents, and research center directors) will reflect on the current status of the profession through a series of papers and round table conversations. Finally, a group of promising junior scholars will offer their vision of what philosophy of science could or should look like in the decades to come.
Confirmed Speakers
Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge), Holly Andersen (Simon Fraser University), Liam Kofi Bright (London School of Economics), Carl Craver (Washington University-St. Louis), Kathleen Creel (Northeastern University), Fons Dewulf (TiLPS, Tilburg University), Heather Douglas (Michigan State University), Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich), Joel Isaac (University of Chicago), Carole Lee (University of Washington), Hannes Leitgeb (MCMP, LMU Munich), Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter), Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh), Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh), Bennett McNulty (University of Minnesota), Wendy Parker (Virgina Tech), Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech), Angela Potochnik (University of Cincinatti), George Reisch (Independent scholar), Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia), Stéphanie Ruphy (ENS-University of Paris), Bryan Roberts (London School of Economics), Janet Stemwedel (San José State University), Thomas Uebel (University of Manchester), James Weatherall (UC Irvine)
Scientific Committee
Bas van Fraassen (Princeton University), Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Leibniz University Hannover), Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), Helen Longino (Stanford University), Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech), Sandra Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), Friedrich Stadler (University of Vienna), Alison Wylie (University of British Columbia)
Alan Love (MCPS, University of Minnesota), Sander Verhaegh (TiLPS, Tilburg University)
Submission guidelines
We invite philosophers of science and HOPOS scholars to submit proposals for poster presentations in conjunction with the conference theme. Submissions on all topics related to the past, present, or future of philosophy of science broadly construed are welcome. Please submit abstracts of 500 words (maximum) suitable for blind review to and indicate whether you would like to present your poster in the ‘Past’, the ‘Present’, or the ‘Future’ section.
In every section of the conference with invited speakers, a few paper slots will be reserved for contributed abstracts. Please indicate whether you would like your poster proposal to be considered for such a slot. Oral presentations in the ‘Future’ section will be exclusively reserved for junior scholars (graduate students or scholars who obtained their PhD within the last six years).
A curated subset of the proceedings will be published in the Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science series with contributors revising manuscripts in light of conference feedback and peer review comments.
Dates and Deadlines
April 30: Submission deadline
May 31: Notifications
October 17-19: Conference
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - Friday, May 10, 2024

The 11th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable will be held on Thu 9 and Fri 10 May 2024. For the first time the conference will be online. In-person conferences have many advantages, but the cost and time commitment can be prohibitive for many potential attendees. We hope that the online format will enable a wide participation base from many places and life circumstances.

The event is hosted by the Centre for Philosophy of Epidemiology, Medicine, and Public Health, a joint enterprise between Durham University and the University of Johannesburg. It is supported by the Departments of Philosophy at both universities, and the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham.