Two 2016 ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshops

Off-Year Workshops offer an opportunity to ISHPSSB members to meet and
discuss particular topics both in traditional formats and also in
unconventional formats. It is also a way to encourage our youngest
members to organize discussions on issues that promote their research
careers. For 2016, the ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop Committee selected
two meetings, one devoted to extra-scientific issues in astrobiology
and the other to the debate on function and malfunction in biological,
biomedical and social sciences.

More information about the schedules and the application procedure can
be found at the respective websites. Graduate student members of
ISHPSSB are eligible for subsidies to offset the costs of travel and
accommodation.  Send applications and supporting documentation to
Laura Perini, ISHPSSB Treasurer, via email attachment to
[log in to unmask] Below you can found more details and links to
the websites.


SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

This workshop will be a place to discuss conceptual, ethical and
meta-scientific issues about the emerging field of astrobiology. It is
designed to promote discussion in an area that will probably become
more important and which will offer very complex challenges in the
coming years. It is open to researchers in any discipline interested
in applying their expertise to thinking about astrobiology. The
meeting will take place on September 24-25 at Clemson University in
Clemson, South Carolina, USA.  The deadline for applications is June
1st.. See the Call for Applications at


Function and Malfunction in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences,
and the Social Sciences

This workshop will reassess the modern philosophical debate on
function in the dual perspective of (1) malfunction (or dysfunction),
and (2) with respect to the use of such concepts in both the
biological and the social sciences. Early-career scholars in the
history and philosophy of the life sciences (including medicine) and
early-career social scientists are invited to apply. The meeting will
take place on September 5-9, 2016 at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for
Evolution and Cognition Research in Klosterneuburg near Vienna,
Austria. The deadline for applications is March 31st. See the Call for
Papers at