Applications are now open for the 2020 Sydney History and Philosophy of Science Winter School, which will take place from Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July. The year’s topic is the History and Philosophy of Evolutionary Medicine. The school will run for four full days with an excursion on the fifth day. 

Both history of science and philosophy of science have the potential to contribute to a deeper understanding of the nature and potential of Evolutionary Medicine. Some philosophers of science have examined key concepts in the field. Others have debated its potential to inform medical practice, or to transform our understanding of health and disease. These debates will be explored and advanced at the Winter School. The Winter School will explore historical perspectives on science and medicine from both HPS scholars and leading practitioners. The overall aims of the Winter School are to encourage and enable philosophical and methodological commentary on Evolutionary Medicine, and to develop an agenda for research on Evolutionary Medicine by historians of science and medicine.

The Winter School will be of interest to early career researchers (ECRs) in history and philosophy of science, as well as to ECRs in medicine and biomedical science seeking a broader perspective on Evolutionary Medicine.

Confirmed instructors:

  • Randolph M. Nesse (Arizona State University)
  • Tatjana Buklijas (University of Auckland)
  • Paul Griffiths (The University of Sydney)
  • Dominic Murphy (The University of Sydney)
  • Djuke Veldhuis (Monash University)

All successful applicants to attend the Winter School will recieve free accommodation and meals for the duration of the event. Limited funding is available for one or more suitable candidates from lower income countries to help support travel to Sydney, but it is expected that all candidates will seek travel funding from their home institution.

Applications should be sent to and should consist of a CV\ and a cover letter of no more than 1000 words (including any references) that (1) summarises the applicants current research and/or practice and (2) explains how attending the Winter School will advance the applicants research and/or practice.

Closing date for applications : Monday March 30th 2020 by 09.00 AEDT (UTC + 11hrs).

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