Large-Scale Experiments – Reflecting on Theories and Practices

  • type of event:

    International Conference

  • place:

    TRIANGEL Open Space, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • date:

    08.12.22 - 10.12.22

International Conference Large-Scale Experiments – Reflecting on Theories and Practices

2nd International Conference of the Research Unit “The Epistemology of the LHC”
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Large-scale experiments play an increasingly important role in the sciences. Large collaborations in particle and gravitational-wave physics, large numbers of research participants in clinical trials, large-scale technologies such as telescopes and detectors, extensively distributed research tasks in climate science, or long-term research projects can all be understood as instances of large-scale research.

The conference aims to bring together researchers from the sciences as well as from history, philosophy, social studies of science, and neighboring disciplines to explore the scope and understanding of large-scale research and experimentation across the sciences, focusing both on theories that underpin it and practices it consists of.

The conference is organized as a mixture of plenary sessions, multiple symposia, and sessions with contributed papers.

Confirmed plenary speakers

  • Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Tiziano Camporesi (CERN)
  • Gerd Graßhoff (Humboldt University Berlin)
  • Martina Merz (University of Klagenfurt)
  • Kent Staley (Saint Louis University)
  • Janet Vertesi (Princeton University)

Symposia topics

  • Going Large: The Bigger the Riskier? Epistemic Risks in Large Scientific Research
  • Large-Scale Experiments vs. Large-Scale Observations
  • Creativity and Constraints in Large-Scale Collaboration
  • Theoretical Expectations and Large Experiments
  • Big Science and Democracy
  • Histories of Large Experiments and their Methodological Challenges

The deadline for submitting an abstract has been extended to 31 July, 2022.

Symposia description and registration details can be found on the conference webpage.

The second conference of the DFG Research Unit The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is organized by the ITAS Research Group Philosophy of Engineering, Technology Assessment, and Science.