Annual General Meetings

Meeting auditorium

The Philosophy of Physics Society holds annual General Meetings, to which all members are invited to attend.

At this meeting members have the opportunity to review, discuss, and vote on issues related to the Society and its mission. If you would like to participate, please be sure to sign up for membership to the Society.

Annual general meetings are either held in hybrid mode or entirely online, and we do our best to choose a time zone that serves a large geographic region, although our options are necessarily limited.

Foundations of Physics Conference

A coffee break at the Foundations of Physics 2016 Meeting at the LSE

This conference, which is normally held in person, brings together philosophers of physics and physicists to discuss foundational and philosophical issues in physics. The meeting is open to members and non-members alike, subject to a registration fee (which is waived for invited speakers).

The last Foundations of Physics conference was held in Bristol, UK, in 2023.



By the early 1990s the foundations and philosophy of physics community in Britain was both very active and fairly numerous, and in 1992 Chris Dewdney and his colleagues at Portsmouth organised a ‘UK Meeting on the Foundations of Physics’ that brought together a few dozen researchers and graduate students to share and discuss their current work. The idea proved very effective, and other groups followed suit. The format varied slightly (the second meeting in 1993 at St Andrews was part of a UK Summer School in Physics including e.g. a series of lectures by Chris Isham), but meetings invariably took place in September, lasted 3-5 days, with no parallel sessions, featuring a mix of physics talks and philosophy talks, and were run on a shoestring budget. There was no overarching institutional framework: every year some group or other in the foundations or philosophy of physics would simply organise a meeting, which by then had become a focal point for the UK community and other international researchers. There was no UK meeting in 2006, but a ‘One-day European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics’ took place in Utrecht, and from 2007 the meetings were styled ‘UK and European’. After a hiatus in 2008 and 2009 the series was revived with the 16th meeting in July 2010 organised by Guido Bacciagaluppi at Aberdeen. Since then an informal standing committee has made sure that volunteers continue to line up to organise the conferences, by now usually every other year. The 17th one (Munich 2013) was the first on an altogether larger scale, with up to 100 talks in parallel sessions and an especially strong representation of younger researchers. Finally, with the founding of the Philosophy of Physics Society the Foundations conferences (as they have affectionately come to be known) have now found a long-term institutional home.

Courtesy of Guido Bacciagaluppi and Jeremy Butterfield

Previous conferences