CFP: Understanding Replication Across the Sciences

Submission deadline: August 20, 2018

Conference date(s):
October 12, 2018 - October 14, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
London, Canada

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Currently, there is a widespread perception that scientific activity is in the middle of a (so-called) 'reproducibility' or 'replication crisis'. Many important findings published in leading scientific journals have turned out to be difficult or impossible to replicate. The ongoing controversy surrounding the reproducibility of scientific activity threatens to undermine the authority of science. The extent and severity of the 'replication crisis' are being continuously evaluated. It seems, however, that these discussions, rather than revealing the existence of a fatal flaw at the heart of modern scientific activity, show that our general understanding of the complexities surrounding the replication and reproducibility of experimental findings and experimental procedures is rather limited. The very concept of and the methodological strategies for experimental replication have in fact received little analysis.

The interdisciplinary conference ‘Understanding Replication Across the Sciences’, will bring together philosophers and scientists to reflect on the current controversy surrounding the replication of scientific research. The overall goal will be to understand in more detail the nature of experimental replication, and to address the failure to replicate in scientific activity. More specifically, the conference will address the following questions: What does it mean to replicate an experimental procedure? What does it mean to replicate an experimental result? What are the criteria for a successful replication? What are the reasons for replicating an experiment? What is the epistemic importance of replication? How does replication compare with other methodological strategies that scientists use to confirm and validate their experimental procedures and results? How do the answers to these questions differ across disciplines? How have the answers to these questions changed through time?

Abstracts of 500 words are invited for presentation of a poster during a special poster session that will take place during the conference. Travel awards are available on a competitive basis for graduate students and postdocs traveling from within Canada and abroad. All abstracts should be submitted to Deborah Fox at [email protected] To permit blind review, please do not include identifying information in the abstract.

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