MetaScience Final Event: Where is unity?

June 23, 2023 - June 25, 2023
Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol

Da Vinci Room
Engineers House
Bristol BS83NB
United Kingdom

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • ERC MetaScience Project (No 771509)


University of Birmingham
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King's College London
Freie Universität Berlin
Durham University
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University of California, Davis
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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In this final 3-day conference, the entire MetaScience team past and present will discuss the results of their work on the 5 year research project funded by the European Research Council (No 771509).

The event will start with an overview of the project by our PI Tuomas Tahko and then talks from the project members and the project advisory board on the unity and metaphysics of science.

It will then feature talks from Tuomas Tahko, Toby Friend, Sam Kimpton-Nye, Will Morgan, Francesca Bellazzi, Vanessa Seifert, Alexander Franklin, Jessica Wilson, Alyssa Ney, Robin Hendry, Alexander Bird.

Catering will be provided and there will be the chance to join the conference dinner for a pre-set menu on *Friday evening*, price around £30 at Cozy Club Bristol (vegan/GF options available).

We have a *zoom link* for those who would like to join remotely: Meeting ID: 989 9941 2203

Topic: MetaScience Final Conference


Day 1:

10.30- 11.00 Welcome coffee

11.00 – 11.30 Tuomas Tahko "A unified overview of MetaScience"

12.00 – 13.00 Jessica Wilson "Does spacetime emerge?"

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Alexander Franklin "Against Bridge Laws: Reduction in the Structuralist Mode"

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 – 16.15 Francesca Bellazzi "Possible unities in biochemistry"

16.15 – 16.30 Coffee

16.30 – 17.30 Toby Friend "Rule by Power or Rule of Law?"

Conference dinner at Cozy Club – fixed menu around £30, please confirm when you register if you want to attend. Vegan, veggie and gluten free options available!

Day 2:

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome coffee

10.30 – 11.30 Sam Kimpton-Nye "On some objections to powers-BSA"

11.30- 11.45 Short break

11.45 – 12.45 Alexander Bird "Individuals and kinds: restricted composition is information compression"

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Will Morgan "How to be a pluralist about biological individuality"

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 – 16.30 Robin Hendry & Thomas Rossetter "On the completeness of physics"

Day 3:

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome coffee

10.30 – 11.30 Alyssa Ney “The Meaning of Physicalism”

11.30 - 11.45 Coffee

11.45 – 12.45 Vanessa Seifert "Where is unity in chemistry?"

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Conclusive remarks and end of conference

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June 9, 2023, 11:30pm BST

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