Event details

Date: August 24-26, 2022
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
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The last years have brought a new wave of cross-disciplinary interest in research itself, often motivated by concerns about potential threats to scientific progress such as hyper-competition, fraud, questionable research practices, poor research documentation, publication bias, and insufficient cooperation within and between disciplines.

The goal of this seminar is to bring together recent work from epistemology and philosophy of science on scientific progress and meta-scientific perspectives from a broad range of areas like sociology, psychology, economics, complexity science, science studies and cultural and evolutionary anthropology, fostering an active exchange between disciplines and viewpoints.


The 3-day program is organized around three themes (see below) and comprises invited talks from an interdisciplinary group of international speakers, structured discussion rounds between participants, and poster sessions. In addition to substantive contributions, a central aim of the seminar is to examine concepts and assumptions that are relevant across fields. We will discuss differences in the conceptualisation of core notions such as (for example) progress, knowledge, publication bias, and their operationalisation in empirical studies and simulation models. 

Theme 1: What is scientific progress?

Theme 2: From individual to collective knowledge generation – funding, peer review, publication process, citation, retraction, canonisation

Theme 3: The interplay of individual and collective in scientific progress – competition, cooperation, team science


The seminar will be held on location in Amsterdam at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It is not possible to attend the seminar through live streaming. The talks of the speakers will be recorded (not the discussions) and posted on our website shortly after the seminar.

Poster session

We invite abstract submissions (400 words max.) for posters on the three themes above. Please use the link below to submit your abstract.

Submit your abstract

Submission deadline for poster abstracts: 1st June 2022 (23:59 CEST) (Deadline extended)

Notification of acceptance: 20th June 2022


Confirmed speakers include:

James Evans, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Knowledge Lab, and Faculty Director of Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago.

Roberta Sinatra, Associate Professor of Data Science at ITU Copenhagen

Daniël Lakens, Associate Professor in the Human-Technology Interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology 

Duygu Uygun-Tunç, Marie Curie Cofund Fellow at Middle East Technical University and visiting scholar at University of California, Irvine

Mike Thicke, Researcher in Philosophy of Science and Social Epistemology, MESH Research at Michigan State University

Felipe Romero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Groningen

Leo Tiokhin, postdoc at Eindhoven University of Technology & Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Study.


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Organising committee

Anne Scheel, Postdoctoral Researcher, Philosophy Department, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Jeroen de Ridder, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vincent Traag, Senior Researcher, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University

Duygu Uygun-Tunç, Marie Curie Cofund Fellow at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, and Visiting Scholar at University of California, Irvine

Samira van der Loo, Event manager Abraham Kuyper Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Cancellation policy

In case Covid restrictions make it necessary to switch to an online only format, full reimbursements of the tickets will be issued. Cancellation for any other reason is possible until August 15, minus administration costs (max. 11 euros).

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For questions or more information, please contact:

Samira van der Loo

event manager Abraham Kuyper Center

@: s.vander.loo@vu.nl


This seminar is part of the research project ‘Epistemic Progress in the University‘, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.