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The Society organises a programme of monthly meetings, an annual summer conference, and provides financial support to an irregular programme of other conferences.

Details of the Society's policy on conference funding are available here.


The 2015 Annual Conference will take place at the University of Manchester on 2-3 July 2015.

Plenary Speakers:
Katherine Brading (Notre Dame)
Émilie du Châtelet and the foundations of physical science

Havi Carel (Bristol)
Illness, pathology and disease: a phenomenological analysis

Kim Sterelny (ANU)
Cumulative Cultural Evolution and The Origins of Language

Mauricio Suárez (Madrid)
Propensities and Statistical Modeling

Local organiser: Michael Rush

Call for Papers
Submissions are invited from anyone with a scholarly interest in the philosophy of science. Graduate students are particularly encouraged. (Graduate bursaries will be available.) Papers may be on any topic within the philosophy of science and should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, which will allow 10 minutes discussion. Abstracts should be received no later than Saturday 7th March 2015. Abstracts will be anonymously refereed, and successful contributors notified by early April. We do not anticipate being able to share referees' comments.

Submission Instructions
To submit your abstract, go to:
• Log in (create an account if you do not already have one)
• Select ‘New Submission’ and enter the requested information, including the title of your paper.
• Enter your abstract (in plain text, of no more than 1000 words) into the Abstract box.
Please prepare your abstract for anonymous refereeing.
• Please select the topic (or topics) that best describe the area of your submission.
• Finally, select ‘Submit’.
For more information please email:

Accessibility Information
We are signed up to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. The conference will take place in the Barnes Wallis Building and Manchester Meeting Place. These buildings are next door to each other and there is internal lift access between them as well as external access to each. Accommodation is in Weston Hall, which is about 200m away. Click the links to get full accessibility information about each building from DisabledGo. A loop system is available in the plenary lecture theatre, and a portable loop system is available for use in the parallel session rooms. Please email if you are not sure whether your own specific requirements are covered by the above information.

PLEASE NOTE: attendance at the conference is restricted to members of the BSPS. You may join the Society online here.


Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at 5.15pm in room T206, in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, Lakatos Building, Portugal Street, London WC2 and tea and biscuits are served at 5.00pm in Room T16.

  • 13 October 2014
    Ellen Clarke (Oxford)
    How to count organisms
  • 24 November 2014
    Bryan W. Roberts (LSE)
    Curie's hazard: From electromagnetism to symmetry violation
  • 26 January 2015
  • 16 March 2015
    Peter Vickers (Durham)
    Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science
  • 8 June 2015
    Nicholas Shea (KCL)

List of Conferences supported by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.


The 2014 Annual Conference took place at the University of Cambridge on 10–11 July 2014.

Further information, including details of open-session speakers and abstracts, is available in the conference programme.