6–8 July 2022, University of Exeter

BSPS Annual Conference

The BSPS 2022 Annual Conference will take place on 06–08 July at the University of Exeter. At this stage, the BSPS Committee are planning on BSPS 2022 being an in-person event. That said, there will be provision for speakers to present remotely if they wish. The Committee will continue to monitor the situation and necessary steps will be taken to ensure the safety of attendees.

The Conference

PROGRAMME

In addition to selected individual talks and symposia there will be a presidential address from Rachel Cooper, a keynote from Mary Morgan and a round-table on open science.

Attendance

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Register to attend the BSPS Annual Conference here. Deadline for registration is 19th June 2022. Early Bird rate ends on the 29th May 2022.

Attendee Category:

  • Early bird graduate student/unwaged rate: £100.00
  • Publisher stand: £250.00

Note: Registration fees include lunch and refreshments during the conference and the drinks reception. Catering will be Vegan as default. Optional extra: Conference dinner at Brewdog [£20 per person, drinks additional at bar prices].

Call for Symposia

Symposia at the BSPS 2022 Annual Conference

Submission is now closed for proposals for symposia to be presented at the BSPS 2022 Annual Conference in Exeter on 6–8 July 2022. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals was 24 January 2022.

Overview

The conference includes both symposia and individual papers. The call for symposia comes out before the call for individual papers. Judgements on proposed symposia will be made before the deadline for individual papers, allowing re-submission of individual abstracts for those missing out on symposia.

A symposium should involve several presenters, typically 3-4, organised around a topic of interest. Symposia may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. A maximum of 90 minutes of space on the programme will be allocated to successful symposia. The symposia will be selected by the BSPS committee. The committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation, and diversity on the programme; ideally the programme will reflect the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Symposia that make connections with, or include, working scientists are warmly invited. We will not be considering ‘Author Meets Critics’ sessions, but topical sessions that build upon recently published books are acceptable.

Instructions

Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should include:

  • The title of the proposed symposium
  • A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)
  • A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (500-1000 words)
  • Titles and abstracts of all papers, with 250-500 words for the title and abstract of each paper
  • A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description (not to exceed 1 page) for each participant, including any non-presenting co-authors.
  • Institutional affiliation and e-mail addresses for all participants, including any non-presenting co-authors.
  • Our current planning assumes that we will be able to hold the BSPS 2022 Conference face-to-face. If it turns out that this is not possible, we will likely hold the conference online instead. Please indicate in your application whether or not you will be willing to deliver your symposium in an online format.

Deadline and dates

The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is 24th January 2022. Symposium organisers will receive an email confirming receipt of their submission and will be informed of the committee’s decision by 8th February 2022 (prior to the deadline for submitting contributed papers, 15th February 2022). Please see important information below on BSPS policy regarding multiple submissions.

Submission

Proposals for symposia should be submitted via email as one pdf to: bspsconference@gmail.com

Rules for Acceptance

No one will be permitted to present more than once at BSPS 2022. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. Commentators that are part of symposia are considered to be presenting authors. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at BSPS 2022 only once.

Any individual can be part of only one symposium proposal in which he or she is a presenting author. Note that this policy excludes the practice of being a presenting author for more than one symposium proposal and subsequently choosing to present in only one symposium if multiple proposals are accepted.

If an accepted symposium subsequently loses participants, maintaining acceptance will become contingent upon the symposium organiser developing satisfactory alternatives to maintain the quality and coherence of the committee.

All questions about submissions should be directed in the first instance to the conference organiser, Adrian Currie, at bspsconference@gmail.com.

Call for Abstracts

BSPS 2022 Annual Conference: Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now closed for the BSPS 2022 Annual Conference in Exeter on 6–8 July 2022.

Papers may be on a wide selection of topics within the philosophy of science (see list below) and should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, which will allow 10 minutes discussion.

Abstracts should be received no later than 3rd March 2022 (symposia applications will have heard back by mid-February). Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words (not including indicative bibliography). Abstracts will be anonymously refereed by the programme committee, and successful contributors notified by late April. Abstracts should include a statement of the main thesis as well as an outline of the central argument of the paper. To ensure full consideration, please also include a short bibliography of 2-5 representative references. We do not anticipate being able to share referees’ comments.

List of Topics:

  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. Formal philosophy of science
  7. Integrated history, philosophy, and social studies of science
  8. Science and values

Our current planning assumes that we will be able to hold the BSPS 2022 Conference face-to-face. If it turns out that this is not possible, we will hold this conference online instead. Please indicate in your application whether or not you will be willing to deliver your paper in an online format.

All questions about submissions should be directed in the first instance to conference organiser, Adrian Currie, on “bspsconference@gmail.com”.