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Message posted on 30/03/2020

POSTPONED due to COVID-19 Pandemic: MS9 - Models and Simulations 9 - Univ. Klagenfurt

Dear all,

MS9 will be postponed to a later date - most likely in February or March 2021.

In view of the current developments we assume that international travel might still be limited in September this year. As it is an important characteristic of MS Conferences that they bring together an international community of scholars, we have decided to postpone MS9 to a future date when we will again be able to meet in person and without restrictions.

This implies that the below Call for Papers will be closed as of today. We thank all colleagues who have already submitted their abstracts - we will be in touch with each of you within the next days.

We will reassess the situation in a few months' time and inform you about the new date well in advance.

In the meantime, our conference website will remain online and provide up-to-date information.

Stay well!

With kind regards on behalf of the organizing team
Martina Merz


MS9 – Models and Simulations 9: Call for Papers

September 16-18, 2020
University of Klagenfurt
Klagenfurt, Austria

Deadline: April 3, 2020

Keynote speakers
- Volker Grimm (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)
- Johannes Lenhard (University of Kaiserslautern)
- Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam)
- Ekaterina Svetlova (University of Leicester)

The Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Research is hosting the 9th Models and Simulations Conference (MS9) at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. This continues a successful series of meetings focusing on the role of modeling, simulation, and computational approaches in the natural and social sciences, in medicine and engineering. Of interest are not only the development and use of models and simulations in research and technology but also the roles they play in other societal domains (e.g. politics, health, administration, finance and business). The MS Conferences aim at lively discussions among participants representing different disciplinary, theoretical and empirical approaches. This includes philosophers, historians, and social scientists (respectively HPS and STS scholars) with an interest in models and simulations as well as practicing scholars who model or simulate in their own research.
Earlier meetings have taken place in Paris (2006), Tilburg (2007), Charlottesville, VA (2009), Toronto (2010), Helsinki (2012), Notre Dame, IN (2014), Barcelona (2016), and Columbia, SC (2018).

We invite single papers and symposium proposals (3-4 participants) on any aspect of modeling, simulation, and computational approaches.

Possible topics include:
- The performative power and politics of modeling and simulation
- The role of models and simulations for explanation and understanding
- Scientific representations and scientific fictions
- Model-based reasoning
- Prediction, evidence and confirmation
- Experimental and heuristic use of models
- Models as boundary objects
- Transepistemic practices of modeling and simulation
- Models as socio-political representations
- Model documentation, data curation, transparency – and associated practices
- Open-source vs. closed-source modeling

Abstract submission

Single paper abstracts and symposia proposals are to be submitted through EasyChair:

For single papers, please submit a short abstract of 100 words and an extended abstract of 500 words (upload in PDF format). The abstracts should be prepared for blind review.

For symposia proposals, please submit (1) a short (100-word) and an extended (500 word) abstract which offers an overall description of the proposed symposium, (2) a 250 word abstract for each of the individual papers, and (3) names and very short CVs for all speakers (max. 1 page in total).

Deadline: April 3, 2020.
We aim to communicate our decision by mid-May 2020.

Registration, travel, accommodation, practical information
All conference-related information will be posted on the MS9 website:

Organizing committee (alphabetic order)
- Anja Bauer (STS, University of Klagenfurt)
- Tarja Knuuttila (philosophy of science, University of Vienna)
- Martina Merz (STS, University of Klagenfurt)
- Helene Sorgner (STS, University of Klagenfurt)

Program committee
Brandon Boesch (Morningside College)
Mieke Boon (University Twente)
Rafaela Hillerbrand (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia)
Catherine Kendig (Michigan State University)
Catharina Landström (Chalmers University of Technology)
Miles MacLeod (University Twente)
Martin Mahony (University of East Anglia)
Caterina Marchionni (University of Helsinki)
Sergio F. Martínez Muñoz (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh)
Alfred Nordmann (Technical University of Darmstadt and University of South-Carolina)
Michael Stöltzner (University of South-Carolina)
Sim-Hui Tee (Xiamen University Malaysia)

For further information, please contact

Martina Merz
Professor of Science Studies, Head of Department, Vice Dean
Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Research
Faculty of Interdisciplinary Research
University of Klagenfurt
A-9020 KLAGENFURT, Sterneckstrasse 15
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