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Event: Workshop: Mechanisms in the Sciences. Integrating Social and Biological Perspectives

Event date September 27, 2021
Submission deadline March 28, 2021
Location Madrid, Spain / online
Host(s) Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, UNED
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Call for Papers/Call for Abstracts

Mechanisms in the Sciences. Integrating Social and Biological Perspectives

September 27, 2021


 Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science. UNED-Madrid.

The topic of the workshop targets the commonalities and differences of mechanisms and mechanistic approaches in the social and biological sciences, as part of an ongoing project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MECABIOSOC:FFI2017-89639-P). In particular, the meeting’s focus is on the integration of mechanisms in the biological and social scientific disciplines. Questions to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • The integration of insights from biology and social sciences.

    • How does mechanism-based integration work?

    • How are conflicts among diverse perspectives addressed in mechanism-based frameworks?

    • Can multilevel mechanical models account for the diverse aspects / complexity of diseases (e.g., depression)?

·         Mechanisms and interdisciplinarity.

o    How can mechanism-based approaches contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields (e.g., neuroeconomics)?

o    How do mechanism-based biology and mechanism-based social science relate? (collaboration, imperialism, etc.)

  • Traveling of mechanism-based developments.

    • Can mechanism-based developments in the biomedical sciences (e.g., EBM+) be applied in social science and policy making? And vice versa?

    • What developments can be transported? To what extent does diversity of mechanisms undermine that transportation?

  • Thinking about mechanisms across the sciences.

    • Which aspects are shared by mechanisms across the sciences? In which aspects do they differ?

    • Is it possible a definition of mechanism that is informative and covers all the prominent examples?

Keynote Speakers:

Raffaella Campaner (U. of Bologna)

Federica Russo (U. of Amsterdam)

Call for abstracts

We invite submission of abstracts of maximum 1000 words. Please send an abstract no later than March, 28th to If the conference does take place on site, accommodation can be subsidized or fully covered for young researchers. If you have any questions, please direct them to

Dates and Deadlines

Submission Deadline: March 28, 2021

Notifications: June 20, 2021

Workshop: September 27, 2021

Conference Venue

The conference is planned according to a hybrid system (both on site and on line, depending on the evolution of the travelling and sanitary restrictions).


Giorgio Airoldi (Uned)

Emilio Cáceres Vázquez (Uned)

Javier González de Prado (Uned)

María Jiménez-Buedo (Uned)

Víctor Luque (Uned)

Saúl Pérez-González (U. Valencia)

Cristian Saborido (Uned)

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