Starting from autumn 2022, PoS seminars are organized in hybrid format. The seminar will take place in-person and over Zoom, an application supported by University of Helsinki. Conference calls can be joined from Chrome browser or from a desktop application.

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Coordinated by Luis Mireles Flores (, Michiru Nagatsu (, Karoliina Pulkkinen ( and Samuli Reijula (

Perspectives on Science seminar is held on Mondays from 14 to 16.

Spring 2024

  • 15.1.2024 Sofia Blanco Sequeiros & Samuli Reijula:
    “Explaining evidential discordance”
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  • 12.2.2024 Maria Jimenez-Buedo (UNED):
    “Explanation and generality in Analytical Sociology: what is a catalogue of mechanisms?”
    (w/ Saúl Pérez-González (Valencia))
    More info
  • 11.3.2024 Sam White (University of Helsinki):
    “Rabbits, Ducks, and Conceptual Problems in the Environmental History of Late Antiquity.”
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  • 8.4.2024 Charlie Kurth (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies; Western Michigan University):
    “What is the Place of Emotion AI in Moral Education?”
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  • 29.4.2024 Kármen Kovács
    “Is early novelty switching beneficial for consumers? The impact of impatience on the consumer utility derived from innovation from a behavioural economic perspective”
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  • 6.5.2024 Mattia Gallotti (London Interdisciplinary School):
    “Towards a Framework for Interdisciplinary Integrative Research”
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  • 13.5.2024 Emrah Aydinonat:
    “Economic Models as Argumentative Devices”
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  • 20.5. Patricia Rich (University of Bayreuth):
    “The Evolution of Cooperation … in Science”
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  • 10.6.2024 TINT Summer party

Autumn 2023

  • 4.9. Teppo Felin (Utah State University):
    Generative Rationality and Evolution
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  • 18.9. Milutin Stojanovic (University of Helsinki):
    Is there a crisis in sustainability research?
    More info
  • 25.9. Aki Lehtinen (Nankai University):
    Derivational Robustness and Independence
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  • 2.10. Pekka Mäkelä (University of Helsinki) & Raul Hakli (University of Helsinki)
    RESPONSIBLE AI: A wee bit of philosophy and an introduction to an approach
    More info

  • 16.10. Svetlana Vetchinnikova (Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies)
    Disciplinary community as a complex adaptive system
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  • 30.10. Miriam Teschl (EHESS, Aix-Marseille School of Economics) & Stéphane Luchini (CNRS, Aix-Marseille School of Economics)
    Cognitive Pathways to Complexity
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  • 13.11. Luca Ausili (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)
    Quantification, Transparency, and Epistemic Heterogeneity
  • 27.11. Nancy Cartwright (University of California at San Diego and the University of Durham) Session cancelled
  • 11.12. Jaakko Kuorikoski (University of Helsinki) Session cancelled

  • 14.12. Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki)
    Homo Economicus – Persona from the past with a bright future (even though perhaps gloomy for Homo Sapiens)? 
    More info via the ReSES website

Spring 2023

  • 16.1. Vanessa Seifert (University of Athens):
    The periodic table as law(s) of nature
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  • 30.1. Brian Nosek (University of Virginia):
    Shifting incentives from getting it published to getting it right
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  • 13.2. Marion Godman (Aarhus University)
    The Nordic Racial Hygiene Studies: How Science becomes a Force for Cultural Domination
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  • 27.2. Markus Eronen (University of Groningen)
    Causal complexity and psychological measurement
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  • 13.3. Anita Välikangas (University of Helsinki) 
    What makes research relevant? – A literature synthesis, and its implications on the IPCC’s policy relevance
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  • 27.3. Peter Vickers (Durham University):
    Identifying Future-Proof Science
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  • 3.4. Luca Ausili & Carlo Martini (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)
    Demarcation for Dummies: Using epistemology and experiments to contrast scientific disinformation
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  • 17.4. David Ludwig (Wageningen University)
    What Has Epistemic Diversity Ever Done for Us? Promises and Disappointments of Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research
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  • 8.5. Inkeri Koskinen (University of Helsinki)
    Unifying the notion of objectivity
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  • 19.5. Carl F. Craver (Washington University)
    Memory and Time: Perspectives from Neuropsychology
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  • 5.6. Lukas Beck (Mercator Institute for Climate Change and Global Commons) & Henrik Thorén (Lund University)
    Performativity, Transparency, and the Science-policy Interface: lessons from climate economics

Autumn 2022

  • 19.9. Adrian Blau (King’s College London):
    The Logic of Inference of Thought Experiments in Moral and Political Philosophy: Scientific Parallels
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  • 3.10. Mary Morgan (LSE):
    Narrative: A General Purpose Technology for Science
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  • 17.10. Emrah Aydinonat (University of Helsinki):
    The puzzle of model-based explanations
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  • 26.10. Seminar on the Economics Nobel Prize 2022:
    “The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2022”
    Refet Gürkaynak (Bilkent University)
    “Why this year’s Prize is interesting from a modelling perspective”
    Hannu Vartiainen (University of Helsinki)
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  • 31.10. Corey Dethier (Leibniz Universität Hannover):
    How should the IPCC present uncertainty?
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  • 14.11. Pekka Syrjänen (University of Helsinki):
    Novel prediction and the selectionist challenge
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  • 5.12. Säde Hormio & Samuli Reijula (University of Helsinki):
    Universities as anarchic knowledge institutions
  • 12.12. Carlo Martini (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan) & Mason Majszak (University of Bern):
    Values within boundaries – Climate science and tipping points

For past seminars, please see here.