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Conference Announcement

The 21st European Conference on Foundations of Physics will take place on the Clifton Campus of the University of Bristol from the 8th to the 10th July 2023. This conference brings together philosophers of physics and physicists to discuss foundational and philosophical issues in physics in the tradition of the highly successful editions at Paris (2021), Utrecht (2018), London (2016) and Munich (2013).

Contributed talks, symposia and keynote lectures will cover various foundational and philosophical aspects of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, classical and quantum theories of gravity, thermal and statistical physics, astrophysics, cosmology and beyond. The conference will be in person only with no online/hybrid contributed talks or symposia.

Foundations 2023 is being organised in partnership with the Bristol Centre for Science and Philosophy, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the Philosophy of Physics Society. The Annual Conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science will take place at the University of Bristol from the 5th to the 7th July.

Local Organising Committee: James Ladyman (Bristol), Tony Short (Bristol), Karim Thébault (Bristol). Programme Committee Chairs: Eleanor Knox (King’s College London), Samuel C. Fletcher (Minnesota)

Registration for Foundations 2023 will open in Spring 2023. To be kept up-to-date about the conference please register your email adress by sending a message to foundations2023bristol@gmail.com

Call for Contributed Talks and Symposia

We invite submissions for contributed talks on foundational and philosophical issues in any area of physics. Accepted submissions will make a novel significant contribution to the foundations or philosophy of physics that engages with existing work in the field. Talks focusing on experimental physics or the history of physics, with a substantial foundational or philosophical component, are welcome. Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words with 3-5 bibliographic references. Submissions are via Easychair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fop2023

The deadline is 8 March 2023

We invite proposals for symposia on topics in the foundations or philosophy of physics. Symposia should feature talks that collectively make a novel significant contribution to debates in the foundations or philosophy of physics. Symposia should consist of three or four talks, and consideration should be given to balance in respect of both the perspectives presented and the diversity of the speakers. Please submit an abstract of 100 words together with a PDF attachment of 1200-1500 words consisting of a summary of the topic with 5-10 bibliographic references, short abstracts of each talk, and brief biographical details for each speaker. Submissions are via Easychair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fop2023

The deadline is 8 March 2023

Please note: it is permitted to submit a contributed talk and be part of a proposed symposium. However, if both are accepted the contributed talk submission must be withdrawn.

Keynote Speakers

Jim Al-Khalili (Surrey), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Sandu Popescu (Bristol)

Accommodation Discount Code

Conference attendees will be able to benefit from a discounted room rates at four hotels in Bristol’s Clifton area. Please note that these rates are subject to change. Book early to avoid disappointment.

In order to reserve rooms, you will just need to quote the discount code “Foundations2023” at any four of the hotels, which will then apply the discount from the best available daily rate. Please note that this code is available on this website. It can also be used when booking directly with the hotels’ reception, either via phone or email.

The four hotels are

– The Berkeley Square Hotel, 0117 925 4000; berkeley.reception@cliftonhotels.com

– The Clifton Hotel, 0117 973 6882; clifton.reception@cliftonhotels.com

– The Rodney Hotel, 0117 973 5422; rodney.reception@cliftonhotels.com

– The Washington Guesthouse, 0117 973 3980; washington.reception@cliftonhotels.com

The code is subject to availability.