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Event: 3rd Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe) annual workshop

Event date April 15, 2021 - April 17, 2021
Location The Netherlands.
Host(s) Institute for Science in Society (ISiS), Radboud University in Nijmegen
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Dear all,

We are delighted to invite you to the 3rd annual workshop Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe), which will take place on 15-17 April 2021. The workshop is organised by the Institute for Science in Society (ISiS), Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Workshop description

Representations play a central role in scientists’ understanding of the world. From mathematical models to diagrams, different representations in highly varied contexts yield diverse insights across the physical, biological, and social sciences. Despite the fact that how a phenomenon is represented has far-reaching ramifications for how it is understood, the literatures on scientific understanding and scientific representation are largely independent of each other. The time is ripe to foster greater synergy between these two areas in the philosophy of science, as they face complementary problems—and hold the promise of complementary solutions.

For more information about the workshop, click here.

Conference Venue will be online. We will send a zoom link to registered participants a few days before the workshop. Please register to receive a zoom link no later than 13 April on this page.

The program

Thursday 15 April 2021

11:00 Welcome and opening by Henk de Regt and Daniel Kostic

11:15 Keynote talk by Mary Morgan (LSE, UK)

12:30 Aja Watkins “Multi-model approaches to phylogenetics and the purposes of idealization”

13:15 Lunch break

14:15 Daniel Kostić, Nathalie Niquil and Quentin Nogues “Perspectivism and vertical-horizontal explanatory modes in ecological networks”

15:00 Linda Holland “Representing the brain in the biomedical sciences: the role of non-epistemic values in the use of brain scans”

15:45 Tea/coffee break

16:00 Mike Stuart “What is pragmatic understanding, and how does it relate to explanatory and objectual understanding?”

16:45 Concluding remarks of the first day

Friday 16 April 2021

Special Panel: Idealizations, Understanding and the Success of Science​

13:30 Emily Sullivan “Function-first approach to idealization”

14:15 Kareem Khalifa “Should friends and frenemies of understanding be friends? Discussing De Regt”

15:00 Tea/coffee break

15:15 Henk de Regt “Can scientific understanding be reduced to knowledge? Countering Khalifa”

16:00 Christopher Pincock “Understanding the success of science”

16:45 Collin Rice “Representation and understanding: a communal and dynamical view”

17:30 Tea/coffee break

17:45 Keynote talk by Soazig Le Bihan (University of Montana, USA)

19:00 Drinks and workshop dinner (Zoom hangout)

Saturday 17 April 2021

11:00 Stefan Petkov “Understanding and explanatory structures”

11:45 Mario Hubert and Federica Malfatti “Ideal understanding”

12:30 Lunch break

13:30 Till Grüne-Yanoff and Philippe Verreault-Julien “How-possibly explanation and understanding”

14:15 Lilia Gurova “Is there non-explanatory predictive understanding?“

15:00 Tea/coffee break

15:15 Johannes Findl and Javier Súarez “Prediction, understanding and COVID-19: Early epidemiological models of COVID-19 shed light on the relationship between prediction and understanding”

16:00 Closing of the workshop


With very best wishes,

Local Organizing Committee

Henk de Regt (Co-Chair), Daniel Kostic (Co-Chair), Luca Consoli, Vera Jansen and Magda Speijers.

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