POBAM (Philosophy of Biology at Madison) began in 2010 as a biennial meeting held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at which philosophers of biology presented new research and received valuable feedback. Papers were circulated in advance, and most of each session was given over to lively Q&A.  The inaugural meeting had an energetic crowd of over 100 attendees.  Sadly, the number of attendees has dwindled over the years, and this chapter of POBAM has therefore come to an end.

The good news is that a new chapter is beginning.  We are pleased to announce that May 17-18, 2018, will be the first in a series of biennial meetings at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City).  POBAM (Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains) will retain many familiar features, along with some new twists reflecting its move to the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains and the collection of Philosophers of Biology at the University of Utah.  A CFA will be issued this summer, with abstracts due this Fall.

Elliott would like to thank the attendees, members of past Program Committees, graduate students at UW who served on  Organizing Committees, the UW Philosophy Department, and the Anonymous Fund of University of Wisconsin-Madison for their support of POBAM.


Elliott Sober, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Matt Haber, University of Utah, Salt Lake City