News & Events

On this page, we report past, present and future events which were/are/will be organized by the MSIO project, or where its members were/are/will be involved to a substantial degree.

Some major recent events are listed below:

1) 3rd PSE Workshop and 12th MuST (Munich-Sydney-Turin) Conference “Statistical Reasoning and Scientific Error”, Munich, 1-4 July 2019

The “Perspectives on Scientific Error” workshop series joined forces with the Munich-Sydney-Turin conference series and organized a meeting at the LMU Munich. Keynotes were Deborah Mayo, Regina Nuzzo, Miklós Rédei, Uri Simonsohn and Jacob Stegenga. From the MSIO team, Noah van Dongen, Mattia Andreoletti and Jan Sprenger were involved in the organization.

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2) Formal Epistemology Workshop, Turin, 19-21 June 2019

The Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC) at the University of Turin hosted the 15th Formal Epistemology Workshop. The MSIO project was involved as well. Keynotes were Paul Égré, Ulrike Hahn and Stephan Hartmann.

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3) 11th MuST Conference “Models of Explanation”, Turin, 11-13 June 2018

Together with Vincenzo Crupi from the LLC at Turin, we organized a three-day conference on models of explanation, including approaches from philosophy of science, cognitive science/neuroscience/psychology and physics. Our keynote speakers were Peter Brössel, Lina Jansson, Tania Lombrozo, and Michael Strevens.

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For other news, please check the following list, which is (more or less) constantly updated:


4 June: PhD Defense Michal Sikorski

On 4 June 2020, Michal Sikorski will publicly defend his PhD thesis (online). The examiners are Professor Igor Douven (Paris Sorbonne), Professor Julian Reiss (Linz), and Vincenzo Crupi (Turin).

CANCELLED: Book discussion on “Bayesian Philosophy of Science”

On Monday 2 March 2020, Jan Sprenger will engage in a discussion with Peter Brössel (Ruhr University Bochum), Vincenzo Crupi (Turin) and Francesco Guala (Milan) on his recent book “Bayesian Philosophy of Science” (co-authored with Stephan Hartmann).

The event will take place at the wonderful premises of the Circolo dei Lettori in Via Bogino 9, starting at 18:00. The organization of the event was made possible thanks to the generous support of the LabOnt.


Federico Boem joins MSIO

Since November 2019, philosopher of medicine Federico Boem is part of the MSIO team. He will work in particular on the concept of objectivity in medical research and experimentation. Welcome Federico!

“Bayesian Philosophy of Science”: book finally out!

After almost seven years, Jan Sprenger and Stephan Hartmann have completed their research monograph “Bayesian Philosophy of Science” (Oxford University Press). If you always wanted to know what Bayesian models can do for modeling and understanding scientific reasoning, take a look here!

Felipe Romero back in Turin for LLC Poster Day

Previous team member Felipe Romero (now Assistant Professor at the RU Groningen) is coming back to Turin for giving the keynote at the LLC Poster Day on Friday 20 September 2019, on the topic “Social Epistemology and the Replicability Crisis”. More information can soon be found at the LLC website.

MSIO improves Psychological Science

MSIO members Noah van Dongen, Felipe Romero, Michal Sikorski and Jan Sprenger participated in the annual conference of the Society for the Improvement for Psychological Science (Rotterdam, 7-9 July 2019) and hosted a workshop on philosophy of science and its use for psychologists. Visit the conference website!

Jan Sprenger at the European Space Agency (ESA)

On 5 April 2019, Jan Sprenger talked to scientists of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, about scientific objectivity and the replication crisis.


2nd Workshop “Perspectives on Scientific Error”, Groningen, 29-30 October 2018

Following the success of the first workshop, the second Perspectives on Scientific Error workshop again brought together an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in issues of scientific error. The workshop was hosted at Groningen University (NL) with keynote by Anna Dreber, Richard Morey, and Jacob Stegenga.

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Symposium at PSA18 on Replication Crisis

Felipe Romero and Jan Sprenger were part of a symposium on the replication crisis at the Biennal Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (“PSA2018”). The other presenters were Ferric Fang, Édouard Machery (co-organizer), and Simine Vazire.

2 presentations at 2018 X-Phi conference “WE ARE OPEN!”

Noah van Dongen and Michal Sikorski presented their work in London (England) at the conference “WE ARE OPEN! Reproducibility and Replicability in Psychology and Experimental Philosophy” 14-18 June 2018.

First meeting of the Platform for Junior Meta-Scientists

On 1 May 2018, the first meeting took place of the platform for early career researchers working on or interested in meta-science. This platform is organized by Anne Scheel, Tim van Zee, Chris Hartgerink and Noah van Dongen. The plan is to have trimonthly meetings to work on particular topics and organize an annual conference to stay familiar with each other’s work.

Bayesian Statistics workshops at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam

Noah van Dongen gave a one-day introductory workshop on Bayesian Statistics  and JASP for the Postgraduate School for Molecular Medicine at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam (the Netherlands). He gave this workshop on 31-10-2016, 13-12-2017, 29-03-2018, and 25-4-2018 for junior and senior researchers at the medical center. The next workshop is scheduled for October 2018.

Science & More talks

As of mid-April 2018, the project started to run regular work in progress talks (“Science & More”) at the LLC in Turin. The talks are on philosophy of science and related topics and take place on more or less two Wednesdays per month (12-13h, followed by lunch). Click here for more information!

Jan Sprenger at the Mathematics Department in Milan

On Friday 9 March 2018, Jan Sprenger gave a META Lecture [ ] at the Politecnico di Milano on statistical hypothesis testing and the concept of corroboration.

A paper about the Theory of Causal Strength was published

Jan Sprenger’s paper “Foundations of a Probabilistic Theory of Causal Strength”, which gives a normative taxonomy of probabilistic measures of causal strength, has been accepted at the /Philosophical Review/. You can access the paper at

EUNOC Workshop in Amsterdam

Jan Sprenger and his LLC colleague Andrea Iacona [] participated in the 3rd European Non-Categorical Thinking Workshop [link:], hosted by the ILLC in Amsterdam under the direction of Franz Berto. As members of the LLC, we will continue to participate in the EUNOC network and we are happy to announce that Paul Egré (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris) will collaborate on our project on semantics and epistemology conditionals.

Felipe Romero appointed to tenure-track position in Groningen!

Our team member Felipe Romero has secured a position as Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at the RU Groningen in the Netherlands. We congratulate Felipe with this great success, thank him for his terrific work on the project, and we hope to continue our research collaboration in the future, too!


Bayesian Statistics at the EPP symposium

On 6 and 7 December 2017, Noah van Dongen, together with Quentin Gronau and Johnny van Doorn, gave a two day workshop on Bayesian Statistics and JASP  at the annual symposion of the Postgraduate School for Experimental Psychopathology in Heeze, the Netherlands.

ERC Project moved to Turin

As of November 1, 2017, the project is officially hosted by the University of Turin in Italy and integrated into the Center for Logic, Language and Cognition. We thank our Tilburg colleagues for their tremendous support and look forward to the environment in Turin!

Workshop “Perspectives on Scientific Error”, Tilburg, 26-27 June 2017

At the end of the academic year, several well-known philosophers of science, statisticians and methodologists made it to Tilburg to discuss the role of error in science, as well as new methods to improve statistical inference. We welcomed Daniël Lakens, Édouard Machery, Barbara Osimani and Eric-Jan Wagenmakers. Check out the event here!  And click here for a direct link to the program.

Does Science Self-Correct? Bayesians vs. Frequentists

Felipe Romero and Jan Sprenger have a new paper that compares Bayesian and frequentist statistics with respect to their ability to self-correct mistaken estimates during a series of replications. It builds on Felipe’s earlier work and has been presented at the Reasoning Club Conference in Turin, the SILFS Conference in Bologna, the Scientific Error Workshop in Tilburg and EPSA17 in Exeter.

MSIO went Weißbier (II)

Michal Sikorski and Noah van Dongen presented joint experimental work on how judgments on conditionals and causality are related at the conference Causation, Explanation, Conditionals in Tutzing (Starnberger See), 21-23 June 2017.

Meeting the Statisticians

Jan Sprenger has been invited to the discussion of the stimulating paper “Beyond subjective and objective in statistics” by Andrew Gelman (Columbia) and Christian Hennig (UCL) at the Royal Statistical Society, London, 12 April 2017. The paper will, together with the commentaries, appear in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.

10th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg (MuST) Conference “Causation and Complexity”, Sydney, 1-3 March 2017

The MuST conference is an annual conference series in philosophy of science, which rotates between the LMU Munich, the University of Sydney and Tilburg University. It has grown from a continuous collaboration between these three universities, which is also witnessed by the large number of visits researchers pay to each other. This time, the main speakers are Anne-Marie Grisogono, Stuart Kauffman and Kevin Korb. Check out the event here!

Meanwhile, in Australia…

Jan Sprenger was Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney, February-March 2017. Together with colleagues from Munich and Sydney, he organized the 10th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg Conference in Philosophy of Science. The topic was “Causation and Complexity.”

Advancing Science in the post-truth age

Felipe Romero participated in an ERC special session on philosophy of science at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Boston, 16-20 February 2017. The other symposium participants were Nancy Cartwright and Sabina Leonelli.

Felipe Romero was invited by the Department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University to give a talk about the replication crisis (January 29, 2017).

MSIO went Weißbier (I)

Felipe Romero presented at the workshop Drug Safety, Probabilistic Causal Assessment, and Evidence Synthesis (27-28 January 2017, LMU, Munich).

Jan Sprenger presented at the workshop Inferentialism, Bayesianism, and Scientific Explanation (25 – 26 January 2017, LMU, Munich).

Michal Sikorski visited the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) in spring/summer 2016.


5th René Descartes Lectures, Tilburg, 5-7 September 2016: Science, Values and Democracy

The René Descartes Lectures is a bi-annual conference series organized by the research center TiLPS at Tilburg University. This year’s main speaker was Professor Heather Douglas (Waterloo), seconded by six notable commentators: Matthew J. Brown, Arthur Petersen, Kristina Rolin, Eric Schliesser, Daniel Steel, and Torsten Wilholt. Check out the conference page for details! Click here if you want to directly get to the conference program.

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