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This conference, originally scheduled for 7–10 July 2020, was first postponed (to 7–9 July 2021), but has now been CANCELLED due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As required to get refunds from most institutes and/or insurers, you can download a statement here to confirm this.


Michigan State University, East Lansing (MI), USA

The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) was to be hosted at Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing, Michigan, in collaboration with the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE). There was a joint plenary for the two conferences planned, and both societies encouraged members to engage with both conferences.

Book of Abstracts

After the Call for Papers, all abstracts were reviewed and those accepted can be found in the book of abstracts here.

SPSP 2020 2021 2020 Local Organizing Committee

  • Kevin Elliott (co-chair)
  • Catherine Kendig (co-chair)
  • Sean Valles (co-chair)
  • Robyn Bluhm
  • Heather Douglas
  • Ellie Louson
  • Greg Lusk
  • Michael O’Rourke
  • Robert Pennock
  • Isaac Record
  • Arthur Ward

We welcome you to our robust and diverse center for philosophy of science in practice. The Department of Philosophy is known for its engaged approach to the discipline and its growing community of philosophers of science, and the philosophers at MSU work within a vibrant community of more than 60 science studies scholars, more than 20 of whom are employed by Lyman Briggs College, an MSU residential college focused on the study of science.

Conference website

The conference website https://www.spsp2020.org was poised to take care of all practical matters like travel, accomodation, info about the venue and last-minute updates, but now serves as a potential resource for the SPSP community. You can go over there to have a virtual tour of the MSU campus, have a look at how they pursue philosophy of science in practice, find out more about what socially engaged philosophy of science is like at MSU.

Travel, Accomodation, Venue and Updates

This information is now moot, after cancellation.