International network

We have constituted an international network of institutes or groups promoting interactions between science and history and philosophy of science (HPS). The members of this network organize many different activities in common: joint conferences, publications, exchanges of students and faculty members, etc.

Arizona State U

The Center for Biology and Society at the Arizona State University promotes research, education, and engagement related to study of the life sciences and their interconnections with society. The team around the center's director Jane Maienschein specializes in the history and philosophy of biology (especially embryology, genetics, and cell biology) and the way biology, bioethics, and bio-policy play out in society.

Univ. Bordeaux

ImmunoConcept is an interdisciplinary CNRS research unit at the University of Bordeaux. Dedicated to the exploration of the immune system, the unit is composed both of scientists and philosophers. The Conceptual Immunology group of Thomas Pradeu aims to offer an enriched conceptualization, explanation, and modelling of biological processes, notably through their ERC-funded project IDEM (Immunity, Development and the Microbiota).

Univ. Cambridge

We collaborate with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge is the largest department for History and Philosophy of Science in the UK. PhilInBioMed members from Cambridge include Hasok Chang, Tim Lewens, and Jacob Stegenga.

Univ. Cincinnati

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati is one of the main centers for the study of philosophy of biology, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and general philosophy of science in the USA. PhilInBioMed collaborates notably with Tom Polger and Angela Potochnik.

Univ. Exeter

Egenis (University of Exeter, UK) dedicates to researching the nature, historical precedents, and philosophical, social, and scientific implications of the modern biosciences. Internationally recognized for its strongly interdisciplinary research culture, Egenis pioneers new approaches to understanding all aspects of the life sciences. The Director of Egenis is Professor John Dupré.


The KLI is an international center for advanced studies in theoretical biology, with a focus on the development and evolution of biological and cultural complexity. The KLI supports theoretical research primarily in the areas of evolutionary developmental biology and evolutionary science. The President of the KLI is Gerd Müller.


The Institut de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST, UMR8590), founded in 1932, is one of the biggest research centers in logic, philosophy of science and history of science in France. It is affiliated with CNRS and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.


The History and Philosophy of Science Project (McDonnell initiative) at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, facilitates collaborations between history and philosophy of science (HPS) researchers and life scientists. McDonnell Foundation Fellow Kate MacCord is the Program Administrator. She also serves as PI on the project, together with MBL Fellow Jane Maienschein.

Univ. Pittsburgh

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh investigates science in general, its nature and fundamentals, its origins, and its place in modern politics, culture, and society. Among the current HPS faculty are Collin Allen, Mazviita Chirimuuta, Michael Dietrich, Jonathan Fuller, Edouard Machery, Sandra Mitchell, and Jim Woodward

IAS San Sebastian

The members of the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society (San Sebastian, Spain) study biological and complex artificial systems. The IAS is part of the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science and other departments at the University of the Basque Country/ Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. The Director of the IAS is Alvaro Moreno.

Univ. Sydney

Theory and Method in Biosciences group applies the philosophy of science to contemporary biological and biomedical research. It aims to add value by removing conceptual and methodological roadblocks to the advancement of science and by using high level biological theory. T&MB is a research group within the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, headed by ARC Laureate Fellow Paul Griffiths.

Univ. Utah

The Philosophy of Biology Group at the Department of Philosophy, University of Utah is extremely active in many domains, including stem cells and development (Melinda Fagan), systematics (Matt Haber), human behavior (Stephen Downes), causation (James Tabery), and rational choice (Carlos Santana).

Close collaborators

PhilInBioMed exchanges regularly with a number of institutions or groups and aims at supports interdisciplinary programms and initiatives.

U Copenhagen

The Research Group on History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen is focused on integrative approaches to history and philosophy of science and on philosophy of science in practice. It holds special expertise in the philosophy of the life sciences, the history and philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of interdisciplinarity.

IU Bloomington

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the Indiana University Bloomington strives to understand how science works. It has a long-standing tradition of teaching and research in the history and philosophy of medicine.


The ERC IDEM (“Immunity, DEvelopment, and the Microbiota”) project explores the problem of biological identity at the interface between immunology, microbiology, and developmental biology. It is located at the University of Bordeaux.

Institut J. Monod

The Institut Jacques Monod (IJM) is one of the main centers for basic research in biology in the Paris region. It is funded jointly by the CNRS and the University Paris Diderot (UMR 7592).

Institut Pasteur

The Institut Pasteur is a research center of international renown located in the heart of Paris. It is a private, non-profit foundation. Its mission is to help prevent and treat diseases, mainly those of infectious origin, through research, teaching, and public health initiatives.