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Call for Papers: 2nd Workshop “Perspectives on Scientific Error”, Groningen, 29-30 October


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

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

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

Vacancy: Postdoctoral researcher (full-time, two years)

The ERC project is looking for a replacement for our postdoc Felipe Romero, who is switching to an Assistant Professor position in Groningen (see news item below). Please see the extended job description for more details, including the application procedure

11th MuST conference coming up!

On June 11-13, Turin will host the Munich-Sydney-Tilburg/Turin conference series in philosophy of science for the first time. We are welcoming the invited speakers Peter Brössel, Lina Jansson, Tania Lombrozo and Michael Strevens, as well as a thriling program of ca. 30 contributed talks plus a poster session. Please visit the conference site for more details.

PSA Symposium on the Replication Crisis

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

First meeting of the Platform for Junior Meta-Scientists

On 1 May, 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

Jan Sprenger at the Mathematics Department in Milan

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

A Theory of Causal Strength is Forthcoming

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/ and will be published there soon. In the meanwhile, 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!

Call for Participation: Workshop “Perspectives on Scientific Error”, Tilburg, 26-27 June

In two weeks’ time, we will host a workshop on scientific error in Tilburg. Keynotes are Daniël Lakens, Édouard Machery, Barbara Osimani and Eric-Jan Wagenmakers. Check out the program here!

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/will be presented at the Reasoning Club Conference in Turin, the SILFS Conference in Bologna, the Scientific Error Workshop in Tilburg and EPSA17 in Exeter.

MSIO goes Weißbier (II)

Michal Sikorski and Noah van Dongen will present 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.

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.

MSIO goes Weißbier

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

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

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

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 (Jan 29, 2017).

Meanwhile, in Australia…

Jan Sprenger is Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney, February-March 2017. Together with colleagues from Munich and Sydney, he organizes the 10th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg Conference in Philosophy of Science. This year’s topic is “Causation and Complexity.” The lineup looks promising. Stay tuned!