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I am a philosopher of physics at the University of Geneva.

CFP: 9th International Workshop on Physics and Computation: Fontainebleau, 25-29 June 2018

9th International Workshop on Physics and Computation (P&C 2018)
(A satellite workshop to Unconventional Computation & Natural Computation 2018)

IUT de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France

25-29 June 2018

https://easychair.org/cfp/pc2018
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CFP: 19th U.K. and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics: Utrecht, 10-13 July 2018

The call for papers is now open for the 19th U.K. and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics. The conference will take place 10 – 13 July 2018 at Utrecht University, The Netherlands (Tuesday evening – Friday evening, with an optional excursion on Saturday 14 July). This follows on from the very successful previous editions at LSE (2016) and Munich (2013).
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CFA: Summer School “Particle Physics at the Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Particle Physics”

Call for Applications (deadline 31 January 2018)

The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites applications for the Summer School “Particle Physics at the Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Particle Physics” taking place 23-30 July 2018 in Wuppertal (Germany).
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Workshop on Naturalness: Aachen, 28 February-2 March 2018

Title: Workshop on “Naturalness, Hierarchy, and Fine-Tuning”

Workshop Description: The requirement of naturalness has long served as an influential constraint on model-building in elementary particle physics. Yet there are many ways of understanding what, precisely, this requirement amounts to, from restrictions on the amount of fine-tuning that a model can exhibit, to prohibitions on sensitive dependence between physics at different scales, to the requirement that dimensionless parameters defining the Lagrangian of a theory all be of order one unless protected by a symmetry. This workshop aims to clarify the relationships among these concepts of naturalness and their connection to the hierarchy problem, as well as to assess arguments for and against imposing various forms of naturalness as a requirement on particle physics model-building. It will bring together researchers in philosophy of physics and theoretical particle physics whose expertise touches either directly on the subject of naturalness or on closely related issues concerning effective field theory, renormalization, and the physical interpretation of quantum field theory. 

Location: RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Dates: Feb. 28 – Mar. 2

Speakers Include:
* Jonathan Bain (NYU) 
* Arianna Borrelli (TU Berlin)
* Elena Castellani (Univ. Florence) 
* Richard Dawid (Univ. Stockholm)
* Bertrand Delamotte (UPMC Paris)
* Doreen Fraser (Univ. Waterloo)
* Holger Gies (Univ. Jena)
* Alexei Grinbaum (CEA-Saclay) 
* Arthur Hebecker (Univ. Heidelberg)
* Sabine Hossenfelder (FIAS)
* Fred Jegerlehner (HU Berlin)
* Frank Saueressig (Univ. Nijmegen)
* Mikhail Shaposhnikov (EPF Lausanne)
* Michael Stoeltzner (USC) 
* James Wells (Univ. Michigan)
* Porter Williams (Univ. Pittsburgh)

Support: The workshop will be hosted by the Institute of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology at RWTH Aachen University as part of the DFG research unit “The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider.” For more information about the workshop, see https://indico.cern.ch/event/630393/. For information about the Epistemology of the LHC collaboration, see http://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/

Application: (Deadline Jan. 31) Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to submit a brief description of their academic background and interest in the subject of the workshop via the following link: https://indico.cern.ch/event/630393/registrations/38431/ 

Organization: Robert Harlander, Gregor Schiemann, Joshua Rosaler, Miguel Angel Carretero Sahuquillo

Contact: rosaler@physik.rwth-aachen.de (Joshua Rosaler), harlander@physik.rwth-aachen.de (Robert Harlander)

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CFP: Spacetime Functionalism Workshop, Geneva, 1-2 March 2018

Call for papers: Workshop on Spacetime Functionalism, Geneva, 1-2 March, 2018

On March 1-2, 2018, we will hold a small, but international, workshop in metaphysics and philosophy of science, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

The topic of the workshop is spacetime functionalism, and its aim is to investigate how a functionalist approach may provide the relevant conceptual tools for understanding the nature of spacetime as described by fundamental physics. In particular, the idea is to explore spacetime functionalism in the context of quantum gravity, where it is suggested that spacetime is not fundamental, and the issue of emergence arises. We would like to discuss the analogy here with other forms of functionalism in philosophy—in particular in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
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TU Munich: Professorship in Philosophy of Science and Technology

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) invites applications for the position of

Associate Professor or Full Professor in »Philosophy of Science and Technology«

to begin in summer semester 2018. The position is a tenured W3 position.
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Tilburg: Professorship in Philosophy of Science

Full professor of philosophy of science (full time 0.8-1.0 fte) in the Netherlands

Tilburg University seeks to appoint a full professor of philosophy of science (full time 0.8-1.0 fte). The particular area of expertise is open. Alignment with disciplines pursued at Tilburg University and with its strategic research and impact themes is valued.
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