“Going up?” Realisation and Composition across the Sciences

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3-day virtual conference, 15-17 June 2021. Submission deadline: 12 May. Keynote Speakers: Eleanor Knox, Olimpia Lombardi, Sandra Mitchell

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. Full schedule announced in May.

Please register via this page. Questions can be emailed to:

Submitting an Abstract

We welcome abstracts of no more than 500 words on realisation, composition and their cognates (e.g. emergence, reduction, levels, constitution). The topic is open to interpretation, but contributors may draw inspiration from the following questions:

  • To what extent do the geometrical and symmetry properties of molecules depend on the properties of their microdynamical realisers?
  • Are biochemical functions reducible to chemical processes?
  • What is the composition of a black hole?
  • Can microeconomic models ever explain macroeconomic behaviour?
  • If mechanistic constitution isn’t causal production, then what is it
  • What sort of relations correctly characterise composition, either as a universal notion or with respect to a specific case study/science?
  • Can realisation be reconciled with reductive understandings of composition

We also encourage contributors to consider making full use of the interactive capabilities of online conferencing (e.g. polls, speed breakout sessions, whiteboard interaction, hand-raising, use of Padlet, live video and other media).

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 12th May. Please prepare abstracts for anonymous review.

We plan for talks to be 30 minutes followed by 20 mins Q&A.

Submissions and enquiries should be emailed to:

We look forward to reading your abstracts! - The MetaScience Team

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This is a virtual conference and will take place on Zoom. Please note that the conference time zone is BST, provisional times: 13:30-18:00 BST.

We aim to facilitate socialising on Zoom during and after the conference with potential for topic-related breakout rooms during breaks.

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