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Dear ISHPSSB Colleagues,
   Please see the Announcements listed below. Also, send me any new ones (or old ones that I may have missed over the holiday break.



Philosophy in Biology and Medicine (PhilInBioMed) 2023 Award

The  <> PhilInBioMed Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of biology or medicine through the use of philosophical and theoretical tools. To complement this recognition, the laureate receives a prize of €5,000, which is awarded by the  <> PhilInBioMed Institute in Bordeaux, France.

We are pleased to announce that the first laureate of the PhilInBioMed Award is Elliott Sober, who is the Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

The ceremony will be held at the University of Bordeaux, France on June 12th, 2023.  

Elliott Sober will give a lecture on this occasion, and three leading biologists will comment on Professor Sober's lecture:  

*       Ford Doolittle (Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

*       Kevin N Lala (Formerly Laland) (Professor, Centre for Biological Diversity, University of St Andrews, UK) 

*       Silva De Monte (CNRS Researcher, Eco-evolutionary Mathematics Team, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France).

Attendance is free and open to everyone. Please contact Thomas Pradeu if you’d like to attend.



Thomas Pradeu

CNRS Research Director in Philosophy of Science

Immunology Unit ImmunoConcEpT, UMR5164, CNRS & University of Bordeaux

Team Leader Conceptual Biology and Medicine Team <> 

Coordinator of the Philosophy in Biology and Medicine Network <>  (PhilInBioMed)

146 rue Leo Saignat 33076 Bordeaux, France

& Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology <>  Pantheon-Sorbonne University 13 rue du Four, 75006 Paris, France




Undergraduate REU: This 10-week NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is open to undergraduate students (U.S. citizens) from all majors (including philosophy) to study "Interdisciplinary Problem Solving in Human Dominated Wetland Ecosystems” from May 30 - August 5, 2023 at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Acceptance for participation includes travel support, lodging, some meals, and a $6000 summer stipend. Applications are due February 15, 2023. For more information and to apply:




The conference *Integrating the History and Philosophy of Biodiversity. Narratives of Diversity, Extinction, Conflict and Value* aims to bring together scholars from several traditions – at the very least, from philosophy of science, history of science, and environmental history – to propose different ways to think about ‘biodiversity’ and explore how they might interact. From philosophical studies on the empirical underdetermination of biodiversity to histories of environmental conflicts, including also historiographic and normative studies, this conference is purposedly multidisciplinary. We invite interested researchers to consult the full scope and motivations of the conference at


**Deadline CfA**


1 April, 2023, 23:59 CET.


**Dates and location**


The conference will take place over two days, October 20 and 21*, 2023, at a location to be confirmed in Brussels, Belgium. At the moment, given the public health situation in Belgium, we anticipate having a fully in-person meeting, though we will make changes to this policy as needed (and would also be happy to consider exceptions to this policy).


Asterisk: * For those who are able to stay for the morning of October 22, we have planned an excursion to a local museum – likely to the biodiversity collections at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, just outside Brussels. More details are forthcoming, but if you are able to stick around as you plan your travel, please consider it!




David Sepkoski (University of Illinois)


Alkistis Elliott-Graves (Bielefeld University)




Charles Pence (Université catholique de Louvain)


Max Bautista Perpinyà (Université catholique de Louvain)


For more information, please see



Charles H. Pence


Chargé de cours, Université catholique de Louvain Co-editor, _Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology_ (PTPBio) Membre du Collegium de l'Académie royale de Belgique


Institut supérieur de philosophie

Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres


Collège Mercier, place Cardinal Mercier 14, bte L3.06.01

B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve | Tél. +32 (0)484 35 99 13 <> | <>




Warm regards, Lloyd


Lloyd Ackert, Ph.D.

Teaching Professor
Department of History

Research Associate
Patrick Center for Environmental Research
Academy of Natural Sciences

Drexel University
Office: 5011 MacAlister Hall
3250-60 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cell: 518.965.3562