Picture: four of the seven project members on the roof of the office building, Palazzo Nuovo. From left to right: Mattia Andreoletti, Michal Sikorski, Noah van Dongen and Jan Sprenger.

Jan Sprenger is the Principal Investigator on the project and professore ordinario in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Turin (2017–). After completing a mathematics degree, he gained a Ph.D. in philosophy in 2008 at the University of Bonn, Germany. Then, he was Assistant Professor in the philosophy department at Tilburg University (2008–2014). From 2014 to 2017, he was Professor of Philosophy of Science at Tilburg University and Scientific Director of the Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS). 

Jan works mostly in philosophy of science, in particular the foundations of statistical inference, formal epistemology and decision theory. He publishes in journals such as Philosophical Review, Mind, Philosophy of Science, and British Journal for the Philosophy of Science and he has recently finished a research monograph “Bayesian Philosophy of Science” (with Stephan Hartmann). For more information, see his personal homepage. You may contact him at

Mattia Andreoletti joined the project in September 2018 and stayed for two years, until August 2020. He holds a PhD from the FOLSATEC program at the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), affiliated with the European Institute of Oncology (IEO, Milan). His research interests range from philosophy of biology and medicine to social epistemology. At the moment, he is working on replicability issues in experimental sciences. He also has some laboratory experience, serving as an intern in different labs during the PhD. You may contact him at

Federico Boem was a postdoctoral researcher on the project from November 2019 to the end of 2020. After graduating from the University of Florence in logic and philosophy of science and the University of Exeter in history and philosophy of biology, he completed his Ph.D. on foundations and ethical aspects of biomedical sciences at the University of Milan and the affiliated European Institute for Oncology (IEO). His main research interests are the use of big data in the medical sciences and the epistemological and ethical aspects of scientific expertise and its role in public policy. You may also visit his Italian website or contact him at

Noah N.N. van Dongen was working as Ph.D. candidate on the project, from September 2016 to the end of 2020. He studied Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, which got him interested in statistics and research methods. After graduation he taught statistics at Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication and did research on art appreciation from a neuroscientific and cultural sociological perspective. His main interests are the dependencies between how statistics and research methods are and should be used and what could be done to close the gap. You may contact him at

Michele Lubrano is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Turin, and was associated to the ERC project via a borsa di ricerca in the years 2020/21. He got a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Turin in 2016, after visiting at the university of Oslo, where he studied under the guidance of Øystein Linnebo. He specializes in philosophy of mathematics, but has has broader interests in philosophy of science, too. His main research topics are abstractionism and structuralism in philosophy of mathematics, explanatory proofs, and mathematical explanations. See this page for more information:

Felipe Romero was a postdoctoral researcher on the project from September 2016 to April 2018 and left the project for taking up a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. His research interests fall in the domains of philosophy of science, social epistemology, and philosophy of cognitive science. In his current work, he explores the role of the social structure of science on the production, propagation, and correction of scientific error. He is also interested in the metaphysics and epistemology of mechanisms, knowledge ascriptions, and social comparison. Felipe obtained his Ph.D. in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis (Summer 2016). For more information, see his personal homepage. You may contact him at

Michał Sikorski was a Ph.D. candidate and research fellow on the project from September 2015 to the end of 2019. He completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Gdańsk University (Poland). Then he did an MSc at the LOGOS research center at the University of Barcelona. His research interests are philosophy of language and philosophy of science; his MSc thesis develops a probabilistic semantics for indicative conditionals. Michał is especially interested in using probabilistic tools to model aspects of human mental life. For more information, see his website.