Understanding Progress and Progress in Understanding: UPPU 2022 [In person]

June 28, 2022 - June 30, 2022
University of Iceland

Veröld - House of Vigdís: Room VHV-007
Brynjólfsgata 1
Reykjavik 107


University of Melbourne
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
University of Bucharest
Harvard University
VU University Amsterdam
Cambridge University
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Lees-McRae College
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


University of Iceland
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

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An international conference on “Understanding Progress and Progress in Understanding” will be held at the University of Iceland over three days this summer, from June 28th to June 30th, 2022. The event is hosted by the project “Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond”, which is generously funded by the Icelandic Research Fund (Rannís). Please visit the project’s web page or read the detailed project description, to find out more. 

The UPPU 2022 conference is organized by: Finnur Dellsén (Iceland), Insa Lawler (UNCG), James Norton (Iceland), and Victor Magnússon (MCMP). Please direct questions and queries to [email protected].


  • Catherine Elgin (Harvard)

  • Michael Strevens (NYU)

  • Milena Ivanova (Cambridge)

  • Samuel Baron (ACU Melbourne)

  • William D’Alessandro (MCMP)

  • Ellen Lehet (Utah Valley)

  • Yafeng Shan (Kent)

  • Richard David-Rus (Romanian Academy)

  • Linda Holland (VU Amsterdam)

  • Radin Dardashti (Wuppertal)

  • Finnur Dellsén (Iceland)

  • Insa Lawler (UNCG)

  • James Norton (Iceland)


Conference Schedule

The UPPU 2022 conference will be hosted on the main campus of the University of Iceland, which is located at Sæmundargata 2, 102 Reykjavík. The exact room location for the conference is VHV-007. The name of the building is Veröld - House of Vigdís. The conference will be spread over three days, from Tuesday, June 28th, to Thursday, June 30th. The tentative conference schedule is as follows:

Day 1 - June 28th, 2022

9:00 - 9:30: Welcome coffee

9:30 - 11:00: Michael Strevens - Progress Through Faleshood

11:00 - 11:15: Break

11:15 - 12:05: William D’Alessandro and Ellen Lehet - Mathematical Explanation and Understanding: A Noetic Account

12:05 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00  Milena Ivanova - New Directions in the Aesthetics of Science

Day 2 - June 29th, 2022

9:30 - 11:00: Finnur Dellsén, Insa Lawler, James Norton - Would Disagreement Undermine Progress?

11:00- 11:15: Break

11:15 - 12:05: Linda Holland - Perspectivism and Progress in Explanatory Understanding: A Case Study

12:05 - 14:30: Lunch outing

14:30 - 16.00: Samuel Baron - Explainable AI and Understanding-Why: Counterfactual Approaches Considered

Day 3 - June 30th, 2022

9:30 - 11:00: Catherine Elgin - Making Progress

11:00 - 11:15: Break

 11:15 - 12:05: Yafeng Shan - Rethinking Progress

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