29 June – 2 July 2018
University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

Keynote speakers

William Bechtel (University of California at San Diego), Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter), Maarten van Dyck (University of Ghent), Alison Wylie (University of British Columbia).

Registration site

SPSP 2018 is now open for registrations.

The registration cost, including conference dinner, is €175 (€150 for PhD students) through the "early registration" deadline of 8 May. Authors of papers that have been accepted for the main program must register by that date to hold their place on the program. Poster presenters may register later, but after 8 May the cost rises by €25.

Submission website

You can submit your abstracts for paper, session/symposium or poster proposals  — but please avoid disappointment by checking the following Submission Requirements as well as the motivations in the Call for Papers.

Submission requirements

Individual papers: Individual paper proposals must include a title and an abstract of 500 words, and full affiliation details and contact information for the author(s)/speaker(s).

Session/symposia proposals Revised: The symposium organizer must submit a 250–500 words abstract for the session as a whole, with a session title and an abbreviated title in brackets, and a list of the expected participants with full affiliation details and contact information for each at the end of the abstract. Each author contributing to a proposed symposium must also submit her or his own paper abstract separately. The individual papers for a session or symposium should preface their titles with the abbreviated symposium title in brackets (e.g., for a symposium on “Data Practices in Biology and Biomedicine”, the title for the symposium proposal should have the format “Symposium: Data Practices in Biology and Biomedicine [Data Practices],” and the individual paper titles should be listed as, e.g., “[Data Practices]: Data, Models, and Data Models”).

Poster proposals: These proposals should be submitted in the same way, although the abstract can be shorter, the title should be prefaced by “(Poster):”, and these proposals will still be welcomed after the submission deadline for individual papers and symposia.

Session proposals can typically accommodate 3 standard length or 4 shorter papers within our usual session formats. We welcome less traditional formats too, including panel discussions and author-meet-critics sessions, as long as they explicitly target a broad issue or specific idea as the core of the discussion (rather than ad hominem arguments), are firmly committed to collegial and non-adversarial exchange, and explain why that issue or idea is relevant to SPSP interests.

Individuals should only appear on the program once as presenters, and at most one additional time as commentator or co-author. If in doubt, please contact the organizers in advance about your anticipated submissions.

Call for Papers

Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2018
Notification of acceptance: 7 March 2018

Main Contact: Joe Rouse, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge. For further details on our objectives, see our mission statement.

The SPSP conferences provide a broad forum for scholars committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices — neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. The conferences aim at cutting through traditional disciplinary barriers and developing novel approaches. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers of science, but also philosophers working in epistemology and ethics, as well as the philosophy of engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture, and other practical fields. Additionally, we welcome contributions from historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.

We welcome both proposals for individual papers, and also strongly encourage proposals for whole, thematic sessions with coordinated papers, particularly those which include multiple disciplinary perspectives and/or input from scientific practitioners. You may wish to involve other members of SPSP (here are the publicly listed members) or post a notice to the SPSP mailing list describing your area of interest and seeking other possible participants for a session proposal. (To post to this list, or to receive updates on the conference, please join the mailing list.)

SPSP 2017–18 Organizing Committee

  • Chiara Ambrosio, University College London
  • Rachel A. Ankeny, University of Adelaide
  • Justin Biddle, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Till Grüne-Yanoff, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
  • Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter
  • Matthew Lund, Rowan University
  • Joseph Rouse, Wesleyan University