Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th April 2013


The organizers would like to thank all participants and speakers for making this conference such a success. Don't forget to take a look at some more nice pictures taken during the conference on our Facebook page. Additionally, if you have any pictures taken yourself, or any comments, please do not hesitate to post them there as well.

Jan-Willem Romeijn opening the conference


The Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Groningen is proud to organize and host a graduate conference for the Theoretical Philosophy section of the OZSW (Dutch School for Research in Philosophy). The aim of the conference is to give graduate students working within some field of theoretical philosophy (e.g. epistemology, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of science / mind / language, etc.) the opportunity to present their work in progress and to get to know each other. Students from outside of the Netherlands are most welcome. To further enhance the experience, four professional keynote speakers will also be giving a talk providing inspiration for new ideas.

Keynote Speakers & Schedule

We are proud to present the following keynote speakers: The schedule for the conference can be found here. The list with accepted and confirmed papers can be found here. A booklet with abstracts for all the talks is available here. Please note that there is no need to print these as hard copies will be provided at the conference.
Further we would like to draw your attention to another philosophy event in Groningen: De Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie. The event takes place on Thursday evening. Please note that all talks there will be in Dutch and that you have to reserve tickets in advance (just follow the link).


Registration for attending the conference has been closed. For those who have registered but have not yet payed the conference fee the following info is useful.
The conference fee is set at 25 euros plus an additional 20 euros if you want to attend the conference dinner on Friday evening. Note that the OZSW has generously decided to waive the conference fee for PhD students affiliated with a Dutch university (costs for dinner will still have to be paid though). Payments can be made using bank transfer.
  • Account name: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Faculteit der Letteren
  • Account number: 401718468
  • Reference: 701106 (this code must be stated on the transaction)
  • IBAN: NL 23 ABNA 0401718468


The conference will be held at two locations in the center of Groningen at walking distance from each other. Namely, the academy building at the Broerstraat (on Thursday and Friday) and the philosophy building at the Oude Boteringestraat (on Saturday). Both are at a walking distance (approximately 15 minutes) from Groningen central station.

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There are many hotels and hostels in and around the city center. Below is a list of some of the more affordable places with prices (roughly) in increasing order.
• Simplon around 40 per night.
• Friesland around 40 per night (despite it's name, it really is in Groningen).
• Budget Hostels around 60 per night.
• University Guesthouse around 60 per night.
• De Doelen around 90 per night.
• Hampshire around 90 per night.
Of course one can also look at Additionally, a list (in Dutch) of several B&B's in and around Groningen can be found here.

Getting there
From within the Netherlands it is easy to get to Groningen with public transport. As the conference is at walking distance from the train station coming by train is an obvious option. Information about the train schedules can be found on the website of the Dutch Railway Company. On that site you can also buy your train ticket in advance.

Getting to Groningen from outside the Netherlands is easiest by plane. There is a direct train connection from Schiphol (Amsterdam) airport to Groningen. From several locations within Europe there are also direct flights to Groningen airport (more info can be found here). It may also be possible to find a cheaper flight to Bremen airport in Germany. From Bremen to Groningen there is a quite cheap bus connection from Public Express.

For most public transport in the Netherlands you have to use an OV-chipkaart. All the info you need if you plan on using this card can be found here. An important exception though is the railway system, for which you can still buy regular tickets at vending machines at the train stations. So, for example, if you plan on directly traveling from Schiphol to Groningen you won't need this OV-chipkaart. Also, in the buses in Groningen you can still buy paper tickets (though they are more expensive than using the OV-chipkaart).

Support and Organization

The graduate conference is supported by OZSW, the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen and morally supported by the NFWT (Dutch-Flemish Network for Philosophy of Science and Technology). Earlier conferences of the NFWT were held in Gent in 2010 and in Rotterdam in 2012.
It is being organized by graduate students of the University of Groningen:
  • Patryk Dziurosz-Serafinowicz
  • Coos Engelsma
  • Leon Geerdink
  • Ronnie Hermens
  • Franziska Köder
  • Pieter van der Kolk
  • Karolina Krzyżanowska
  • Bouke Kuijer
  • Paulien Snellen
  • Tom Sterkenburg
  • Sander Verhaegh
Last update: April 17th 2013