Spring School

The History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Large Physics Experiments

International Spring School in Wuppertal, Germany on March 13–20, 2022

13. - 20. März 2022
Organisator: Research Unit “The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider”
Veranstaltungsort: Tagungszentrum Auf dem Heiligen Berg

Large experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observer (LIGO), and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) play an essential role at the frontiers of contemporary fundamental physics. These experiments employ big research facilities, they probe nature at vast energy and length scales, they produce immense amounts of data, and they involve great numbers of researchers. We will discuss questions such as those arising from the history and philosophy of fundamental physics, the methodological challenges of big data, and the history and sociology of large research collaborations.

Confirmed Speakers (more to be added)

Arianna Borrelli, TU Berlin (Philosophy/History) | web

Laura Covi, Universität Göttingen (Physics) | web

Katharina C. Cramer, Universität Bonn (Political Science/History)  | web

Richard Dawid, Stockholm University (Philosophy) | web

Gregor Kasieczka, Universität Hamburg (Physics) | web

Dennis Lehmkuhl,  Universität Bonn (Philosophy/History) | web

Martina Merz, AAU Klagenfurt (Science Studies) | web  

David Wallace, University of Pittsburgh (Philosophy) | web

Christian Zeitnitz, BU Wuppertal (Physics) | web

Practical Information and Location Details

The ongoing pandemic will be monitored carefully. It will be decided by early January 2022 whether the spring school will take place or not. The spring school will not be moved online.

The school will feature a number of morning and evening lectures by distinguished members from each of the respective fields (see above). Additionally, there will be working groups in the afternoon that cover selected topics from particle physics. A selection of participants will also get a chance to present their own work. 

The cost of participation will be € 450 and include full board and lodging. The school will be held

The school venue is located on top of a hill in a central area of Wuppertal, near a large park (the "Hardt") and Wuppertal's botanical garden. It is sufficiently secluded to ensure a calm and quiet atmosphere but central enough to get to and fro fast.

The venue can be reached directly by bus no. 643 from Wuppertal main station and is proximate to the exit “Wuppertal-Elberfeld” on expressway 46. The closest airports are Düsseldorf (approx. 50 km / 30 miles or 1 hour and 10 minutes’ train ride) and Cologne/Bonn (approx. 70 km / 40 miles or 1.5 hours’ train ride).

Further Information (Link)

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