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"Models and Decisions", LMU, Munich, Allemagne, 10-12 April 2013 (date limite de soumission : 15 décembre 2012).

6th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg conference on


Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

10-12 April 2013


Mathematical and computational models are central to decision-making in a wide-variety of contexts
in science and policy: They are used to assess the risk of large investments, to evaluate the merits of
alternative medical therapies, and are often key in decisions on international policies – climate policy
being one of the most prominent examples. In many of these cases, they assist in drawing
conclusions from complex assumptions. While the value of these models is undisputed, their
increasingly widespread use raises several philosophical questions: What makes scientific models so
important? In which way do they describe, or even explain their target systems? What makes models
so reliable? And: What are the imports, and the limits, of using models in policy making? This
conference will bring together philosophers of science, economists, statisticians and policy makers
to discuss these and related questions. Experts from a variety of field will exchange first-hand
experience and insights in order to identify the assets and the pitfalls of model-based decision-
making. The conference will also address and evaluate the increasing role of model-based research
in scientific practice, both from a practical and from a philosophical point of view.

We invite submissions of extended abstracts of 1000 words by 15 December 2012. Decisions will be
made by 15 January 2013.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Luc Bovens (LSE), Itzhak Gilboa (Paris and Tel Aviv), Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck),
Michael Strevens (NYU), and Claudia Tebaldi (UBC)

ORGANIZERS: Mark Colyvan, Paul Griffiths, Stephan Hartmann, Kaerin Nickelsen, Roland Poellinger,
Olivier Roy, and Jan Sprenger

PUBLICATION: We plan to publish selected papers presented at the conference in a special issue of a
journal or with a major a book publisher (subject to the usual refereeing process). The submission
deadline is 1 July 2013. The maximal paper length is 7000 words.

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS: A few travel bursaries for graduate students are available (up to 500 Euro).
See website for details.

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