History, Philosophy & Sociology of Cosmology & Astroparticle
Physics Conference

29-30 June 2022 Bonn, Germany

Submission deadline: 21 March 2022

Registration deadline: 1 June 2022

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The DFG-funded research unit Epistemology of the LHC is organising a two-day conference on the history, philosophy and sociology of cosmology and astroparticle physics. This event follows up on the 2019 conference in Aachen on dark matter & modified gravity, a special journal issue on the same topic, and the 2021 online workshop on the philosophy of dark matter. The conference will take place on the 29th and 30th of June 2022 in Bonn, Germany. Philosophers, physicists, historians, sociologists and other interested scholars are invited to attend. 

Over the past few decades, cosmology, astronomy and particle physics have developed in different directions and at the same time become intertwined in an increasingly complex way, i.e., in terms of communities, theories, models, experiments, constraints, conferences and journals. Prime examples at the intersection of two or all three of these fields are the search for dark matter, cosmic rays, and neutrino physics. In recent years, various humanities—in particular the trio of history, philosophy & sociology (HPS)—have paid increasing attention to cosmology, astronomy and particle physics (CAP). It is the aim of this HPS-CAP conference to explore the history, philosophy and sociology of the intersection of CAP, as well as the interactions between history, philosophy & sociology of CAP. Research topics include but are not limited to the following:


The history of the formation of and interaction between the scientific disciplines

Cosmology, astronomy, particle physics & the scientific realism debate

Communities across CAP

Epistemology of experiments, simulation and observation

The interplay between constraints from cosmology, astronomy and particle physics

Cosmology and astronomy as historical sciences

Guiding principles within CAP (cosmological principle, anthropic principle, unification, …)

Dark matter, neutrinos and cosmic rays

Searches for “theories of everything”

Physics of scales (renormalization group methods, multi-scale modeling, inter-theory relationships, emergence and reduction)

The relationship between the humanities and CAP




(more to be added soon)


Marie Gueguen, Institute of Physics of Rennes 1 (France) | web
Gauvain Leconte-ChevillardInstitut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris (France)web
Luis Reyes-Galindo, Wageningen University (The Netherlands) | web
Adrien de Sutter, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK) | web


Official pre-event (28 June, 16:15-17:45, Nussallee 9):

Nora Boyd, Siena College (USA) | web



We invite contributing speakers from physics and from philosophy, history and sociology of physics, as well as anyone else who may be interested, to submit an abstract of 250-500 words by the 21st of March 2022 as a pdf to nmartens[at]uni-bonn.de. We intend to have selected contributing speakers by end of April.




Registration details will be announced soon.




The schedule will be announced by the end of April.



Practical Information and Location Details

The venue of the conference is the Universitätsclub Bonn, Konviktstraße 9, 53113 Bonn.

The following airports are nearby:

Cologne-Bonn. Intercontinental airport.

Take the Airport bus SB60 to Bonn and get off at "Bonn Markt".

A taxi - airport to Universityclub Bonn - about 45€.

Düsseldorf. Third-largest intercontinental airport in Germany.

0h50 by RE (i.e. Regional Express, the least expensive trains) to Bonn Hauptbahnhof (central station)

Frankfurt (am Main). Largest intercontinental airport in Germany.

1h40 by RE (i.e. Regional Express, the least expensive trains) to Bonn Hauptbahnhof (central station) or 0h45 by ICE (more expensive than RE, and are best booked in advance to reduce costs) to "Bonn / Siegburg" and continue with the Metro line 66 to "Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz."

A taxi from "Bonn / Siegburg" is about 30€.




This workshop is organised by the project team LHC, dark matter & gravity within the interdisciplinary, DFG-funded research unit Epistemology of the LHC:

Sophia Haude, University of Bonn & RWTH Aachen University

Michael Krämer, RWTH Aachen University

Dennis Lehmkuhl, University of Bonn

Niels Martens, University of Bonn & RWTH Aachen University

Erhard Scholz, University of Wuppertal

In case of any further questions, please contact shaude[at]uni-bonn.de and nmartens[at]uni-bonn.de.