Call for Expressions of Interest to Host
The HOPOS Steering Committee invites expressions of interest to host HOPOS 2020, the 13th biennial meeting of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.  Historically, HOPOS meetings have alternated between Europe and North America, but we are presently hoping to expand inclusion in our activities, and we encourage bids to host from any location around the globe.
HOPOS biennial meetings are held over 3 or 4 days, usually between mid June and early July, and attract a thriving international community of scholars.  Meeting programs typically include between 100 and 150 contributed papers; 2 plenary talks from distinguished scholars in the field; a luncheon/business meeting; and a banquet.  Past HOPOS meetings have been sponsored by one or more academic institutions, and have taken place on a university campus.
The locations of past HOPOS meetings are listed below. For further information about these meetings, please visit
Institutions interested in hosting HOPOS 2020 should send a brief (less than three-page) letter to that effect to Mary Domski, HOPOS Vice President, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 February 2018.  The Steering Committee will invite full proposals from selected institutions by 20 February 2018; full proposals will be due by 1 February 2018.  The Steering Committee anticipates selecting a location for HOPOS 2020 during HOPOS 2018, which will take place 9 to 12 July 2018 in Groningen, The Netherlands (
Letters of Interest should briefly describe the institution’s resources and experience with respect to hosting a 4-day conference for between 125 and 200 people, mentioning, for example, the range and quality of the institution’s conference facilities, its ability to offset meeting costs via sponsorship or fund-raising, the strength of its HOPOS community, accommodation options, and local resources of interest to HOPOS members.  
Those planning to submit a Letter of Interest are welcome to contact Mary Domski for more information about what is typically involved in the hosting of a HOPOS meeting and which key points might be addressed in a Letter of Interest.  
Locations of HOPOS Meetings: 
1996: Roanoke, Virginia (USA)
1998: South Bend, Indiana (USA)
2000: Vienna (Austria)
2002: Montreal (Canada)
2004: San Francisco (USA)
2006: Paris (France)
2008: Vancouver (Canada)
2010: Budapest (Hungary)
2012: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)
2014: Ghent (Belgium)
2016: Minneapolis (USA)
2018: Groningen (The Netherlands)