1. Evidence and Expertise, OCT 2015

Thursday-Friday October 29-30, 2015 – Helsinki


Call for Papers – CLOSED

There are two or three spots available for contributed papers. Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words to evidenceandexpertise@gmail.com by October 2, 2015. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by October 6, 2015. Accepted speakers will be offered free accommodation in Helsinki for the days of the workshop, and up to €400 as contribution for travel expenses.



Evidence plays a crucial role in science. With the development of evidence-based decision-making, nowadays also in public decisions and policy-making, the trend is towards using evidence-based methods to assess policy-making in sectors like health, education, or the economy. Choices on school programs may be made on the basis of evidence from randomized control trials, as well as choices on how to invest in development programs in third-world countries. Researchers use various methods for gathering evidence, from formal ones like models, controlled experiments, or simulations, to less formal ones like historical analysis, or case studies. In most cases expert judgment is one of the most significant components of the process of gathering and amalgamating evidence.
Experts thus enter the evidence process at all levels: from the choice of methods, to the gathering of the evidence itself, to the amalgamation of evidence coming from different sources. Often, experts are themselves sources of evidence, through their experience and personal knowledge; for instance in the case of economists as members of monetary policy committees, or in the teams of scientists working on the IPCC reports on climate change.
Philosophers of science, methodologists, and epistemologists have long discussed the concept of evidence; this workshop will focus on whether the current concepts and accounts of evidence are adequate for capturing the subjective, reason-based and argumentative component of evidence-based science and policy-making.