1. Executive Committee and Assessors of the Division, 2016-2019

Executive Committee:

  • President. Menachem Magidor, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • First Vice‐President. Helen Longino, Stanford, Calif., United States of America.
  • Second Vice‐President. Amita Chatterjee, Kolkata, India.
  • Secretary General. Benedikt Löwe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Hamburg, Germany, & Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Treasurer. Peter Schroeder‐Heister, Tübingen, Germany.
  • Past President. Elliott Sober, Madison, Wisc., United States of America.

Assessors. Samson Abramsky (United Kingdom), Rachel Ankeny (Australia), Verónica Becher (Argentina), Heather Douglas (United States of America), Hannes Leitgeb (Germany), Mitsuhiro Okada (Japan), Katarzyna Paprzycka‐Hausman (Poland), Charlotte Werndl (Austria).

Former Presidents († = deceased). Elliott Sober (United States of America), Wilfrid Hodges (United Kingdom), Adolf Grünbaum† (United States of America), Michael Rabin (United States of America), Wesley Salmon† (United States of America), Jens‐Erik Fenstad (Norway), Lawrence J. Cohen† (United Kingdom), Dana S. Scott (United States of America), Jerzy Łoś† (Poland). Patrick Suppes† (United States of America), Jaakko Hintikka† (Finland & United States of America), Andrzej Mostowski† (Poland), Stephan Körner† (United Kingdom), Yehoshua Bar‐Hillel† (Israel), Georg Henrik von Wright† (Finland), Stephen C. Kleene† (United States of America).

The Executive Committee of the Division is composed of the President, the Vice‐Presidents, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, and the immediate Past President. The Council consists of the Executive Committee plus the Assessors.

Adolf Grünbaum passed away on 15 November 2018; his life and work were remembered during the Adolf Grünbaum Memorial Symposium organised by Sandra Mitchell during CLMPST XVI in Prague.

2. 16th International Congress (Prague, Czech Republic, 5–10 August 2019)

2.1 Committees

Programme Committee.

  • Chair: Hanne Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark).
  • Representing the Executive Committee: Benedikt Löwe (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Hamburg, Germany & Cambridge, United Kingdom).
  • Representing the Local Organising Committee: Tomáš Marvan (Prague, Czech Republic).
  • Representing the Joint Commission: Hasok Chang (Cambridge, United Kingdom).
  • Members: Rachel Ankeny (Adelaide, Australia), Theodore Arabatzis (Athens, Greece), Verónica Becher (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Craig Callender (La Jolla, Calif., United States of America), Hasok Chang (Cambridge, United Kingdom), Xiang Chen (Thousand Oaks, Calif., United States of America), Eleonora Cresto (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Zoubeida Dagher (Newark, Del., United States of America), Liesbeth De Mol (Lille, France), Valeria Giardino (Nancy, France), Zuzana Haniková (Prague, Czech Republic), Paul Humphreys (Charlottesville, Va., United States of America), Maria Kronfeldner (Budapest, Hungary), Sabina Leonelli (Exeter, United Kingdom), Fenrong Liu (Beijing, China & Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Endla Löhkivi (Tartu, Estonia), Michiru Nagatsu (Helsinki, Finland), Dhruv Raina (Delhi, India), R. Ramanujam (Chennai, India), Adriane Rini (Palmerston North, New Zealand), Federica Russo (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dirk Schlimm (Montréal, Canada), Yaroslav Shramko (Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine), Smita Sirker (Delhi, India), Andrés Villaveces (Bogotá, Colombia).

The Chair of the programme committee together with the representatives of the Executive Committee, the Local Organising Committee, and the Joint Commission formed the Core Team of the programme committee.

Local Organising Committee.

  • Chair. Tomáš Marvan.
  • Members. Joan Bertran‐San Millán, Markéta Báčová, Marta Bílková, Vít Gvoždiak, Martin Haloun, Vladimír Havlík, Petr Koťátko, Ondrej Majer, Vera Matarese, Ondřej Ševeček, Kateřina Trlifajová, Denisa Valentová, Martin Zach (Congress Secretary).

2.2 Programme structure

The special theme of the programme was “Bridging across academic cultures”.

  • A. Logic
    • A.1 Mathematical Logic
    • A.2 Philosophical Logic
    • A.3 Computational Logic and Applications of Logic
    • A.4 Historical Aspects of Logic
  • B. General Philosophy of Science
    • B.1 Methodology
    • B.2 Formal Philosophy of Science and Formal Epistemology
    • B.3 Empirical and Experimental Philosophy of Science
    • B.4 Metaphysical Issues in the Philosophy of Science
    • B.5 Ethical and Political Issues in the Philosophy of Science
    • B.6 Historical Aspects in the Philosophy of Science
    • B.7 Educational Aspects of the Philosophy of Science
  • C. Philosophical Issues of Particular Disciplines
    • C.1 Philosophy of the Formal Sciences (including Logic, Mathematics, Statistics)
    • C.2 Philosophy of the Physical Sciences (including Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Climate Science)
    • C.3 Philosophy of the Life Sciences
    • C.4 Philosophy of the Biomedical and Health Sciences
    • C.5 Philosophy of the Cognitive and Behavioural Sciences
    • C.6 Philosophy of Computing and Computation
    • C.7 Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences
    • C.8 Philosophy of the Applied Sciences and Technology
    • C.9 Philosophy of Emerging Sciences

In addition, the Congress hosted four symposia of the IUHPST Joint Commission chaired by Hasok Chang (Cambridge, United Kingdom): What is the value of history of science for philosophy of science? (JC1), Can the history of science be used to test philosophy? (JC2), Messy science (JC3), and The history and ontology of chemistry (JC4).

3. Unconfirmed Minutes of the General Assembly of IUHPST/DLMPST in Prague on 8 August 2019

Ordinary Members Present (number of votes in parentheses; total votes: 65 before agenda item 4; 75 after agenda item 4). Argentina (2), Australia (3), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Brazil (2), Canada (3), P. R. China (3), Croatia (1), Czech Republic (1; 2 after agenda item 4), Denmark (2), Eire (1), Estonia (1), Finland (2), France (4), Germany (4), Hungary (1), India (1), Israel (1), Italy (1; 4 after agenda item 4), Japan (4), Republic of Korea (2), The Netherlands (2), Norway (1), Poland (2), Serbia (1), South Africa (1), Spain (2), Sweden (3), Switzerland (1), Taiwan (2), United Kingdom (4), and United States of America (5). After agenda item 4, also the new Ordinary Members Mexico (2), Moldova (1), and Russia (3).

Ordinary Members Absent. Iran (1), New Zealand (2), Romania (1).

International Members Present (total votes: 18 before agenda item 4; 24 after agenda item 4). Association Computability in Europe (1), Association for Symbolic Logic (6), European Philosophy of Science Association (2), Association for Logic, Language and Information (2), Institut Wiener Kreis (2), Polskie Towarzystwo Logiki i Filozofii Nauki (1), Société de Philosophie des Sciences (4). After agenda item 4, also the new International Members Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (2), Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (1), Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (2), and Scandinavian Logic Society (1).

International Members Absent. Charles S. Peirce Society (1).

Commissions Present (total votes: 5). Commission on Arabic Logic (1), Commission on the Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences (1), History and Philosophy of Computation (1), International Association for Science and Cultural Diversity (1), Joint Commission (1).

Commissions Absent. Inter‐Division Teaching Commission (1).

Membership Candidates Present. Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (2), Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (1), Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (2), Mexico (2), Moldova (1), Russian Federation (3), and Scandinavian Logic Society (1).

Membership Candidates Absent. None.

Others. According to tradition, the General Assembly was open to all Congress Participants. The Division for History of Science and Technology (DHST/IUHPST) was represented by DHST President Elect Marcos Cueto (Brazil).

Total number of votes present. 88 before agenda item 4; 104 after item 4 (6 votes absent). Therefore, the number of votes present was at least half of of the valid voting power and thus the General Assembly was validly constituted according to Article 15 of the Division's statutes.

Agenda item 1. Opening and confirmation of the agenda

The General Assembly took place in the Kotěra Lecture Hall of the Faculty of Architecture of Czech Technical University in Prague. After verification of the delegates and distribution of the paper ballots, the President opened the Assembly at 6:33pm. The agenda was presented and unanimously confirmed by the Assembly:

  1. Opening and confirmation of the agenda.
  2. Confirmation of the minutes of the 2015 General Assembly.
  3. Reports by the President, the Secretary General, and the Treasurer.
  4. Membership Issues.
  5. Commission Issues.
  6. Election of the next Council.
  7. Hosting the next Congress in 2023.
  8. Any other business.

Nina Atanasova and Dirk Schlimm were unanimously approved by the Assembly as tellers for all votes with paper ballots cast. The Secretary General announced that Giuseppe Primiero was taking notes during the Assembly and gave an overview of the voting rules for the Assembly and the use of the distributed paper ballots.

Agenda item 2. Confirmation of the minutes of the 2015 General Assembly

The minutes of the previous General Assembly (Helsinki 2015) had been made available on the Division's website and published in print as part of the DLMPST Bulletin No. 22 in the journal Mathematical Logic Quarterly (Vol. 61, Issue 6, 2015, pp. 383–398) in unconfirmed form. The Assembly unanimously approved the confirmation of the minutes.

Agenda item 3. Reports by the President, the Secretary General, and the Treasurer

3a. President's Report

The President gave a brief report about the activities of the Division. He remembered four past officers of the Division and four past Council members of the Division who passed away between the 2015 congress in Helsinki and the 2019 congress in Prague: Jaakko Hintikka (12 January 1929–12 August 2015; Assessor 1969–1971; First Vice President 1971–1975; President 1975), András Hajnal (13 May 1931–30 July 2016; Second Vice President 1983–1987), Petr Hájek (6 February 1940–26 December 2016; First Vice President 1995–1999), and Adolf Grünbaum (15 May 1923–15 November 2018; Assessor 1971–1975; President 2004–2007), as well as Mary Hesse (15 October 1924–2 October 2016; Assessor 1971–1975), Marcel Guillaume (1928–25 Oct 2016; Assessor 1975–1979), Boris G. Yudin (14 August 1943–6 August 2017; Assessor 1995–1999), and Roberto Cignoli (1937–2018; Assessor 2000–2003). The Assembly stood in silence in memory of the deceased. [After the General Assembly, it was brought to the Secretary General's attention that the past Council member Myroslaw Popowych (12 April 1930–10 February 2018; Assessor 1971–1975) also passed away between the last two congresses.]

The President informed the Assembly that the year 2019 marked the centenary of Mario Bunge (born 21 September 1919, Buenos Aires). The Assembly acknowledged Bunge's immense, diversified yet systematic, science‐informed, life‐time contribution to philosophy of science with admiration.

The President reported that the past term saw an increase in the participation of the Division in the activities of other international bodies of science governance as well as an increase in the membership engagement in the activities of the Division. He encouraged the Division and its members to continue on this path of increased participation and engagement. The President was particularly pleased with the increased cooperation of the Division with its sister division DHST and encouraged the Division and its members to intensify this connection in future years.

3b. Secretary General's Report

The Secretary General gave a detailed report on the activities of the Division. A written version of the report had been made available to the delegates in advance. The following includes the complete text of the report:

Internal matters

The Executive Committee during the term 2016–2019 consisting of the President, the two Vice Presidents, the Past President, the Secretary General, and the Treasurer had regular e‐mail discussions. There were no separate physical meetings of the Executive Committee.

The Council, consisting of the members of the Executive Committee and the eight Assessors met twice during the term: in the context of a workshop “Global Perspectives on Reasoning and Scientific Method” in Salzburg (Austria) on 30 November and 1 December 2017, and during CLMPST XVI in Prague on 7 August 2019.

Relationship with members

In the last term, the Executive Committee has increased its efforts to connect to the members. Already the last Executive Committee had decided to set up a scheme of “Small conference grants” where member institutions can support research workshops and conferences to receive funding from the Division. This programme was continued in 2017 and 2018 (cf. below); the Executive Committee decided not to issue a call for funding of events in 2019 in order to avoid competition with the Congress.

During the last General Assembly, the Council had announced that the election procedure would “strengthen the involvement of the Division's members in the nomination of candidates in the future”. This was implemented by the Nominations Committee in 2018: members were given the opportunity to recommend candidates for the new Council in December 2018 with a deadline of 31 January 2019. All candidates recommended by members were added to the proposed slate by the Nominations Committee (cf. agenda item 6).


The Division is one of the two Divisions of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). The governance of the Union is determined by a Memorandum of Cooperation between its two Divisions, the DLMPST and the Division for History of Science and Technology (DHST). The Memorandum is available on the DLMPST webpage.

The Memorandum determines that the Presidency of the Union rotates between the DLMPST President and the DHST President. The following were the officers of the Union in the past four years:

  2016 & 2017 2018 & 2019
IUHPST President Efythymios Nicolaidis Menachem Magidor
  DHST President DLMPST President
IUHPST Vice President Menachem Magidor Michael Osborne
  DLMPST President DHST President
IUHPST Secretary General Catherine Jami Benedikt Löwe
  DHST Secretary General DLMPST Secretary General
IUHPST Treasurer Jeffrey Hughes Peter Schroeder‐Heister
  DHST Treasurer DLMPST Treasurer


The Divisions send representatives to each other's Council meetings and Congresses. DLMPST was represented by Menachem Magidor at the DHST Council meeting in Beijing (2015), by Benedikt Löwe at the DHST Council meetings in Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Princeton (2017) and at the DHST Congress in Rio de Janeiro (2017), and by Mitsuhiro Okada at the DHST Council meeting in Tokyo (2018). DHST was represented by Catherine Jami at the DLMPST Council meeting in Salzburg (2017) and by Marcos Cueto at the DLMPST Congress in Prague (2019).

The Secretary General used this opportunity to invite Marcos Cueto, President Elect of DHST to deliver words of greeting to the Assembly from the sister division DHST.

The DLMPST and the DHST share four inter‐division commissions: History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC), the International Association for Science and Cultural Diversity (IASCUD), the Inter‐Division Teaching Commission (IDTC), and the Joint Commission (JC). The Joint Commission has a special status and is governed by the Memorandum. According to a decision of the Councils of both divisions (DLMPST in Helsinki, August 2015 and DHST in Beijing, December 2015), a joint committee of the two divisions re‐evaluated the Joint Commission and proposed a re‐organisation of the Joint Commission to the General Assembly of the DHST in Rio de Janeiro in 2017. The members of this committee were Hasok Chang, Jean Gayon, Catherine Jami, Benedikt Löwe, Menachem Magidor, and Efthymios Nicolaidis. The committee proposed opening JC membership to additional people in order to give the JC the opportunity to develop more activities: this proposal was implemented by the two Councils in 2018. The JC also instituted the IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science; the prize was won by Theodore Arabatzis (Athens) for his essay “What's in it for the historian of science? Reflections on the value of philosophy of science for history of science” in 2017 and by Agnes Bolinska and Joseph D. Martin (Cambridge) for their essay “Negotiating History: Contingency, Canonicity, and Case Studies” in 2019.

Relationship with ICSU/ISC

The IUHPST has been a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) since 1955. At the last General Assembly, the Executive Committee reported that ICSU was planning to merge with the International Social Science Council (ISSC). In October 2016, an extraordinary General Assembly of ICSU was held (where Catherine Jami and Benedikt Löwe represented IUHPST) during which the executive of ICSU and ISSC were given the mandate to plan the merger.

The merger was implemented at great speed: ICSU and ISSC formed joint working groups, a Strategy Working Group (SWG) and a Transition Task Force (TTF). IUHPST nominated members for both of these groups; Benedikt Löwe was appointed as a member of the SWG. The SWG jointly wrote the strategy document of the new council, entitled Advancing Science as a Global Public Good.

At the 32nd ICSU General Assembly in Taipei in October 2017 where IUHPST was represented by Benedikt Löwe, the members of ICSU and ISSC decided to merge the two councils into the new International Science Council (ISC).

The founding General Assembly of the new ISC took place in Paris in July 2018; IUHPST was represented by Catherine Jami, Benedikt Löwe, and Michael Osborne. IUHPST nominated a candidate for the Governing Board of the newly formed Council, but was not successful in the elections in Paris.

In the last year, the ISC has started its work; in particular, the four statutory committees of ISC were formed: the Committee for Finance and Fundraising, the Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS), the Committee for Science Planning, and the Committee for Outreach and Engagement. IUHPST nominated candidates for three of these four committees and ISC appointed our nominee Craig Callender to the CFRS.

IUHPST is one of the participating Unions in the ICSU projects Gender Gap in Science. A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It? coordinated by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), and the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) as well as TROP‐ICSU: Educational Resources for Teachers to Integrate Climate Topics across the Curriculum. The Gender Gap project has been presented in a special symposium at CLMPST XVI and Benedikt Löwe and Amita Chatterjee represented DLMPST at Gender Gap workshops in Paris (May 2017) and Taipei (November 2017), respectively.

Relationship with CIPSH

The Division is a member of the Conseil International de Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines (CIPSH); in this council, DLMPST and DHST are separately members (as opposed to the ISC where the Union is a member). CIPSH is undergoing a process of re‐vitalisation and re‐organisation. The General Assembly 2015 had given the Executive Committee the mandate to decide whether the Division should remain a member of CIPSH “based on further information concerning the re‐organisation of CIPSH and the success of WHC”.

The Division was represented by Menachem Magidor at the CIPSH General Assembly in Beijing in December 2015 and by Benedikt Löwe at the CIPSH General Assembly in Liège in August 2017. Benedikt Löwe was a member of the programme committee of the World Humanities Conference (WHC) in Liège (Belgium) in August 2017. CIPSH is involved in the project Global History of Humanity and the World Humanities Report, and has been co‐ordinating programs of UNESCO‐CIPSH Chairs and CIPSH Chairs for specially designated chairs in the Humanities.

At the WHC, the Division organised a Symposium on Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science and Technology (coordinated by Benedikt Löwe; speakers: Mieke Boon, Stefania Centrone, Inkeri Koskinen, Pierluigi Minari) in order to encourage the exchange of ideas between the humanities‐centred disciplines and those that straddle the humanities‐science divide. There is the desire in the governance of CIPSH to strengthen this dialogue, but it is unclear how much support this has among the other CIPSH members.

The Division nominated Benedikt Löwe to serve on the CIPSH Executive Committee and he was elected by the CIPSH General Assembly in Liège. He attended the first meeting of the CIPSH Executive Committee in Xiamen (China) in April 2018.

Other activities

In addition to the mentioned symposium on Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the World Humanities Conference in Liège in August 2017 and the workshop Global Perspectives on Reasoning and Scientific Method organised in combination with the Council meeting in Salzburg in November and December 2017, the Division joined the Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL) in organising a logic satellite meeting (in Niterói) to the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) organised by the IMU in Rio de Janeiro in August 2018.

IUHPST became one of the sponsors of the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT 2019); a special symposium marked this involvement at CLMPST XVI.

In 2019, the arrest of Tuna Altınel (Université de Lyon) in Turkey for signing a peace petition got international media attention and many learned societies and international organisations joined the protests against his incarceration. IUHPST sent an open letter to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 1 June 2019. Tuna Altınel was released from prison on 30 July 2019 after 81 days in prison.

CLMPS XV proceedings volume

The proceedings of CLMPST XV in Helsinki (Finland) were published as

Hannes Leitgeb, Ilkka Niiniluoto, Päivi Seppälä, and Elliot Sober (eds.), Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Congress, College Publications (2017).



CLMPST XVI in Prague

After the re‐naming of our Division from DLMPS to DLMPST, the sixteenth congress is the first to be held under the new name of Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (CLMPST). The Congress was excellently hosted by the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences under the auspices of the Division; the chair of the Local Organising Committee was Tomáš Marvan; the chair of the Programme Committee was Hanne Andersen (Denmark). Andersen, Marvan, the Secretary General, and the JC chair formed the Core Team within the Programme Committee that dealt with executive decisions. Upon proposal of the Core Team, the Council decided that the theme of CLMPST XVI should be

Bridging across academic cultures,
a theme at the heart of many logicians and philosophers of science who are dealing with mediating between the disciplinary cultures of the humanities and the sciences in their academic daily lives. The Programme Committee implemented the theme of the congress by considering the programme structure and its subdivisions as fluid and open in order to allow people from different disciplinary cultures to interact and talk to each other. The Programme Committee was gender balanced and had representatives from all continents except for Africa with good representation of the traditionally under‐represented continents Asia (6 members), Australasia (2 members), and South America (3 members). The Programme Committee produced a list of three plenary and 22 invited speakers that was also gender balanced and included names from all continents.


In addition to the regular sessions and symposia, the Congress had a number of special features, including a jointly organised symposium with the International Science Council (ISC) on the topic Denial of facts: Instrumentation of science, criticism, and fake news dealing with the important interface between philosophy of science and science policy; a symposium reporting on progress of the Gender Gap project of which IUHPST is a party (see above); a celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table 2019 (IYPT) where philosophers of science discussed the relevance of the periodic table for their work; and a journal panel where editors of prominent journals discussed issues facing scholarly publishing.

All in all, CLMPST XVI had almost 800 registered participants, over 600 presentations, and forty symposia. The Division plans the publication of the proceedings of CLMPST XVI in Prague (Czech Republic) as

Hanne Andersen, Tomáš Marvan, Benedikt Löwe, Hasok Chang, Ivo Pezlar (eds.), Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Congress, Bridging Across Academic Cultures, College Publications (to appear).



The Secretary General used this opportunity to invite Hanne Andersen to report to the Assembly on the programme of CLMPST 2019.

Small conference grants

In the years 2017 and 2018, the Division invited applications from members to support conferences and meetings. The following meetings were supported:


  1. Workshop “Consequence and Paradox between Truth and Proof”, in Tübingen, Germany, 2–3 March 2017. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.
  2. SILFS 2017: Triennial International Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, in Bologna, Italy, 20–23 July 2017. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.
  3. Humboldt‐Kolleg “Proof Theory as Mathesis Universalis”, in Como, Italy, 24–28 July 2017. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.



  1. LSFA 2018: 13th Workshop on Logical and Semantic Frameworks with Applications, in Fortaleza, Brazil, 26–28 September 2018. DLMPST support. USD 1,000.
  2. IX SLMFCE: IX Congress of the Spanish Society of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, in Madrid, Spain, 13–16 November 2018. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.
  3. 29th Novembertagung: “History of Mathematical Concepts and Conceptual History of Mathematics”, in Seville, Spain, 28–30 November 2018. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.
  4. PTS3: Proof‐Theoretic Semantics: Assessment and Future Perspectives. Third Tübingen Conference on Proof‐Theoretic Semantics, in Tübingen, Germany. 27–30 March 2019. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.
  5. Workshop “Responsible Research and Innovation: An HPS/STS Agenda”, in Canberra, Australia, 17–18 April 2019. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.
  6. CiE 2019: Computability in Europe 2019, in Durham, England, 15–19 July 2019. DLMPST support: USD 1,000.

3c. Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer gave a short summary of his financial report that had been made available to to delegates prior to the General Assembly. The following includes the complete text of the report.

The financial details are listed in Appendix  A . Formally the report was given for the years 2015 to 2018, but the comments are based on the four‐year periods 2012 to 2015 and 2016 to 2019, as these are the terms of office of the respective Executive Committees. The Executive Committee usually prepares its four‐year budget at the beginning of its term of office, that is, at the beginning of the year after the Congress. Moreover, since the Division's financial contribution to the Congress is sometimes split between the year of the congress and the year before, the figures for the four‐year period starting with a congress year and ending with the year ahead of the next congress, could be unreliable. The figures for 2012 to 2014 are part of the previous reporting period. The figures for 2019 are based on a (reliable) estimate.

As mentioned in past reports, most of our assets come from the time when the Division received funding from UNESCO via ICSU (now ISC), of which the IUHPST is a member. For more than two decades now (and with no expected changes for the foreseeable future), the only income of the Division has been membership fees. Over the past years this has been roughly USD 16,000 per annum. It varies between years as sometimes members pay with a delay, so that the fee is booked only in the next accounting year. In the period of this report we managed to secure almost all fee payments which were due, sometimes requiring considerable effort in reminding our members of their payment obligations.

The previous Executive Committee (2012 to 2015) initiated a gradual reduction of our assets by around USD 4,000 per year and invested this amount in productive activities, in particular the award of small conference grants and financial support of our commissions. In the three congress‐free years, grants of up to USD 1,000 were offered for the organisation of conferences, the application for which had to be submitted through our member committees. Furthermore, our Commissions were able to apply for financial support of their work. Of course, our main activity, also in financial respect, is the Congress, which we supported with USD 45,000 in 2015 (Helsinki). The income during the period 2012 to 2015 was roughly USD 62,000, and our expenses were USD 77,000. This reduced our total assets by USD 15,000 over four years (from USD 89,000 to USD 74,000), which was roughly as planned.

This policy of asset reduction was continued by the current Executive Committee (2016 to 2019). The Treasurer outlined the overall four‐year budget for the current term of the Executive Committee formally accepted by the Executive Committee by unanimous vote on 16 November 2016 with expected expenses of USD 80,000 and an expected income of USD 64,000.

DLMPST Four‐Year Budget 2016‐2019: Expenses.  
Fixed costs USD 12,000
Travel expenses USD 12,000
Congress support USD 23,500
Commission support USD 15,000
Support for the Joint Commission USD 3,500
Council meeting 2017 USD 4,000
Small conference grants USD 10,000
Total USD 80,000

Fixed costs are the audit fee, bank charges, and membership fees to ICSU/ISC and CIPSH. In 2018, this budget was extended by USD 5,000 to include DLMPST/IUHPST Travel Stipends for Researchers from Developing Countries for CLMPST XVI. This programme was supplemented with USD 2,500 and waivers of registration fees by the Congress organisers: in order to apply for a stipend, reseachers had to be based in a country on the ISI (International Statistical Institute) list; stipends for researchers from European countries on the list were USD 350, and stipends for researchers from outside of Europe were USD 700.

The contribution to the Congress was reduced from the USD 45,000 given to Helsinki 2015 to USD 23,500 (or USD 28,500 including the mentioned travel stipends). Overall, the Congress in Prague costs the Division roughly USD 30,000 (direct contributions, travel stipends, and additional travel expenses for the Congress and its preparation, as well as social expenses at the Congress). The funds saved by the reduction in our congress contribution were spent on an extension of the small conference grants programme and the support of our Commissions. The Joint Commission received a total budget of USD 3,500, and each of the other Commissions could apply for USD 1,000 for each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Another focus point of the Executive Committee's work was to intensify our contacts with our sister Division DHST (meaning in particular presence at their Congress and their Council meetings), but also the active participation in activities of ICSU/ISC and CIPSH. These activities required increased travel expenses compared to previous years. Due to the higher‐than‐expected income, the loss (= planned reduction of assets) was only USD 19,000 rather than the intended USD 21,000 (viz. from USD 74,000 to USD 55,000). The higher income resulted from new memberships as well as from the (voluntary) reassignment of existing members to higher membership categories.

At the end of 2019, the income for the entire four‐year term will be approximately USD 66,000, and the expenses approximately USD 85,000 as planned.

It was emphasised that the policy of reducing global assets is not a long‐term commitment. As the small conference grants programme can be halted immediately if desired or necessary, and contributions to our committees can be reduced at relatively short notice, the current way of spending our assets does not firmly bind any future Executive Committee in their policies. In any case, if we give up the small conference grants programme, our income from membership fees suffices to balance our costs, as long as our total contribution to the Congress does not exceed USD 30,000. Our rate of reducing assets is very moderate, after all, and can run at the present rate for a further three four‐year periods, if desired.

All this was made possible as Council members often use financial means available to them from their host universities or from grants to finance trips and meetings on behalf of the Division, as this work provides a service to the scientific community. E.g., our 2017 Council meeting was organised and to a great extent also funded by Charlotte Werndl and the Universität Salzburg, as it was combined with a public scientific meeting at which Council members gave talks on their research topics.

The Treasurer reported that it had been a pleasure to serve in the capacity of Treasurer for nearly eight years, first for almost four years as Acting Treasurer in combination to the office of Secretary General, and then for four years as Treasurer. He thanked his secretary, Marine Gaudefroy‐Bergmann, without whose professional assistance fulfilling his task as Treasurer would not have been possible.

Agenda item 4. Membership Issues

The Secretary General reported that two of the Ordinary Members upgraded their category: the Czech Republic moved from category A to category B, and Italy moved from category A to category D. These changes were preliminarily approved by the Executive Committee; the Executive Committee requested approval from the Assembly according to Article 6 of the Statutes. The Assembly approved these changes unanimously.

The Secretary General reported that there were seven new membership applications:

  1. The Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences applied on 3 August 2017 as International Member in category A (annual fee: USD 150; 2 votes).
  2. The Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice applied on 22 August 2017 as International Member in category 0 (annual fee: USD 75; 1 vote).
  3. The Russian Federation applied on 16 July 2018 as Ordinary Member in category C.
  4. The Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie applied on 31 July 2018 as International Member in category A (annual fee: USD 150; 2 votes).
  5. Mexico applied on 31 January 2019 as Ordinary Member in category B.
  6. Moldova applied on 27 February 2019 as Ordinary Member in category A.
  7. The Scandinavian Logic Society applied on 22 July 2019 as International Member in category 0 (annual fee: USD 75; 1 vote).

The Executive Committee recommended acceptance of all seven new members with their proposed categories to the General Assembly. The Assembly unanimously voted to accept the membership applications of the seven candidate members with the proposed categories by acclamation.

After agenda item 4, the voting power of the delegations of the Ordinary Members Czech Republic and Italy increases to 2 votes (from 1 vote) and 4 votes (from 1 vote), respectively. The delegations of the seven new members have a combined additional voting power of 12. As a consequence, the total voting power of the Assembly increases from 88 to 104 votes.

Agenda item 5. Commission Issues

The Division introduced commissions in the 2011 Assembly in Nancy and added two new commissions in the 2015 Assembly in Helsinki. It did not have a funding system for its commissions; this was introduced at the beginning of the budget year 2017 based on the model of the commission funding system of DHST.

The Secretary General reported that the Division required its Commissions to submit an annual report on its activities and spending as well as an activity plan for the following year and apply for up to USD 1,000 per annum. Due to its special nature, the Joint Commission was given a separate four‐year budget of USD 3,500 for which it did not have to apply annually. The reports are published on the Division's website.

The Secretary General reported that not all commissions have organised annual events, but that the inactive commissions have not applied for their annual funding.

Agenda item 6. Election of the next Council

According to Article 16 of the Statutes, the Council consists of “the 6 members of the Executive Committee and at least 6 assessors.” According to Article 17 of the Statutes, the Executive Committee consists of “the President, the First Vice‐President, the Second Vice‐President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the (immediate) Past President of the Division.”

Following a suggestion of the French National Committee at the 2015 General Assembly, the Nominations Committee actively involved the members in the nominations process for the new Council. The Nominations Committee requested recommendations for members of the Council from all members and commissions of the Division until 31 January 2019. Five recommendations were received and all recommended candidates are being nominated for a seat on the Council. The Nominations Committee proposed to elect the following new Council; all named individuals had previously accepted the nomination and are willing to serve:

Executive Committee 2020–2023. President: Nancy Cartwright (U.K. & U.S.A.). First Vice‐President: Kim Sterelny (Australia). Second Vice‐President: Verónica Becher (Argentina). Secretary‐General: Benedikt Löwe (The Netherlands, Germany, & U.K.). Treasurer: Pierre Edouard Bour (France). Past President: Menachem Magidor (Israel).

Assessors 2020–2023. Hanne Andersen (Denmark), Rachel Ankeny (Australia), Valeria de Paiva (U.S.A.), Gerhard Heinzmann (France), Concha Martinez Vidal (Spain), Tomáš Marvan (Czech Republic), Dhruv Raina (India), Cheng Sumei (China), Alasdair Urquhart (Canada), and Andres Villaveces (Colombia).

There is no request for a vote with ballots; the slate of proposed officers and Council members is unanimously elected by the Assembly.

Agenda item 7. Hosting the next Congress in 2023

The Executive Committee had received bids to host CLMPST XVII in 2023 from Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Kobe (Japan); the bids had been made available to the delegates before the Assembly. The Secretary General reminded the Assembly that twelve out of the sixteen past congresses had been held in Europe; as a consequence, the Executive Committee welcomed the fact that both bids came from cities outside of Europe, thereby guaranteeing that CLMPST XVII would not take place in Europe. Both proposed hosts gave presentations of their cities and conference facilities.

Discussion. The Secretary General pointed out that the two bids were not based on the same financial assumptions: the Buenos Aires bid assumed DLMPST support of USD 40,000 whereas the Kobe bid assumed DLMPST support of USD 20,000. The Assembly had a long and engaged discussion of the financial details of the two bids; in the end, the representatives of the Buenos Aires bid confirmed that they would be able to re‐draft the budget based on DLMPST support of USD 20,000 if only the expenses of those invited speakers who are unable to pay them from other sources have to be covered (rather than the expenses of all invited speakers).

The vote was by secret ballot. There were 104 votes cast, of which 56 votes were in favour of Buenos Aires and 48 votes were in favour of Kobe.

The President thanked the representatives of both potential hosts for the enormous effort they had put into their bids. He congratulated the representatives of Buenos Aires on their success and encouraged the representatives of Kobe to consider submitting a bid for CLMPST XVIII in 2027.

Agenda item 8. Any other business

The Ordinary Member France and the International Member Societé de Philosophie des Sciences had submitted a proposal to Council concerning a possible change of Statute 18 concerning the procedure of nominations for the Council. This proposal had been discussed by Council at their meeting on 7 August 2019 in Prague.

Marco Panza read the proposal to the Assembly and the President reported that Council had decided to ask the next Council (after 1 January 2020) to install a committee consisting of members of Council and non‐members of Council that should look at the suggestion, possibly discuss with members, and then propose a document to the next General Assembly in 2023 for discussion and decision. The Assembly expresses agreement with the Council's decision.

The President thanked the the members of the Executive Committee and Council for the effort and dedication they put into their work and the delegates for attending the Assembly. The Assembly was adjourned at 8:27pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Benedikt Löwe
Secretary‐General DLMPST/IUHPST

APPENDIX A: IUHPST/DLMPST ACCOUNTS Prepared by Peter Schroeder‐Heister, Treasurer


Total assets on December 31
1999 USD 77,418.83 2004 USD 105,138.99 2009 USD 118,854.23 2014 USD 65,502.45
2000 USD 90,768.87 2005 USD 115,061.20 2010 USD 127,909.44 2015 USD 74,162.11
2001 USD 110,776.63 2006 USD 118,918.12 2011 USD 89,509.92 2016 USD 83,186.83
2002 USD 113,071.31 2007 USD 93,332.02 2012 USD 104,098.00 2017 USD 83,514.95
2003 USD 95,691.32 2008 USD 104,185.56 2013 USD 108,625.18 2018 USD 69,786.80
Fees from members 2015 2016 2017 2018
Ordinary members        
Category A        
Austria USD 149.85 USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 147.50
Belgium USD 149.85 USD 148.50   USD 177.00
Croatia (new member since 2016)   USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 153.40
Czech Republic (category B from 2017) USD 149.85 USD 148.50    
Estonia USD 149.85 USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 147.50
Hungary USD 150.00 USD 150.00 USD 150.00 USD 150.00
India USD 300.00   USD 288.00 USD 126.41
Ireland USD 149.85 USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 147.50
Israel USD 140.16   USD 300.00 USD 138.47
Italy (category D from 2018) USD 149.85 USD 148.50 USD 158.20  
Norway USD 150.00 USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 147.50
Romania USD 300.00 USD 150.00 USD 158.20 USD 138.36
Serbia USD 150.00 USD 148.50   USD 295.00
South Africa USD 300.00 USD 150.00 USD 150.00 USD 177.00
Switzerland USD 150.00 USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 147.50
Category B        
Argentina (new member since 2016)        
Brazil (new member since 2016)   USD 274.43 USD 268.94 USD 275.51
Czech Republic (category B since 2017)     USD 316.40 USD 295.00
Denmark USD 290.00 USD 297.00 USD 316.40 USD 278.44
Finland USD 299.70 USD 297.00 USD 316.40 USD 295.00
The Netherlands USD 299.70 USD 297.00 USD 316.40 USD 295.00
New Zealand (new member since 2016)        
Poland USD 279.00 USD 300.00 USD 300.00 USD 295.00
South Korea USD 300.00 USD 300.00 USD 300.00 USD 288.61
Spain USD 299.70 USD 297.00 USD 316.40 USD 295.00
Taiwan USD 300.00 USD 300.00 USD 300.00 USD 288.27
Category C        
Australia USD 573.20 USD 575.00 USD 575.00 USD 573.48
Canada   USD 1,200.00 USD 600.00 USD 600.00
China USD 600.00 USD 590.00 USD 600.00 USD 600.00
Sweden USD 600.00 USD 600.00 USD 600.00 USD 590.00
Category D        
France   USD 1,069.20 USD 1,224.92 USD 2,251.44
Germany USD 1,200.00 USD 1,200.00 USD 1,200.00 USD 1,200.00
Italy (category D since 2018)       USD 1,180.00
Japan USD 1,200.00 USD 1,200.00 USD 1,200.00 USD 1,200.00
United Kingdom USD 1,201.72 USD 1,149.81 USD 1,200.00 USD 1,163.36
Category E        
United States of America USD 2,400.00 USD 2,400.00 USD 2,370.00 USD 2,376.54
International members        
Association Computability in Europe   USD 74.25 USD 79.10 USD 73.75
Charles Peirce Society USD 75.00 USD 225.00   USD 213.24
Polskie Towarzystwo Logiki i Filozofii Nauki USD 75.00 USD 148.50 USD 82.49 USD 76.70
European Philosophy of Science Association USD 149.85 USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 295.00
FoLLI USD 149.85 USD 148.50 USD 158.20 USD 147.50
Institut Wiener Kreis   USD 297.00 USD 158.20 USD 147.50
Société de Philosophie des Sciences USD 299.70 USD 297.00 USD 316.40 USD 295.00
Association for Symbolic Logic USD 600.00 USD 600.00 USD 570.00 USD 588.24
Total USD 13,731.68 USD 16,220.19 USD 15,997.05 USD 18,270.72
2015 ICSU Subscription USD 1,334.22  
  CIPSH USD 832.50  
  Travel expenses USD 676.74  
  Audit fee USD 610.50  
  Bank fees USD 268.78  
  Domain fees USD 139.96  
  Translation USD 72.65  
  Postage USD 40.79  
  Total USD 3,976.14
2016 ICSU Subscription  
  CIPSH USD 825.00  
  Travel expenses USD 4,607.86  
  Audit fee USD 605.00  
  Bank fees USD 386.20  
  Domain fees USD 160.00  
  Translation and Notary Public USD 150.54  
  Postage, logos, stamp USD 382.00  
  Total USD 7,116.60
2017 ICSU Subscription  
  CIPSH USD 847.50  
  Conference support USD 3,220.50  
  Commission funding USD 2,073.50  
  Travel expenses USD 7,492.92  
  Audit fee USD 678.00  
  Bank fees USD 346.76  
  Domain fees USD 179.60  
  Postage USD 87.69  
  Publication costs USD 678.00  
  Total USD 15,604.47
2018 ICSU subscription  
  CIPSH subscription USD 590.00  
  CLMPST 2019 (prefinancing) USD 14,160.00  
  Conference support USD 9,560.81  
  Commission funding USD 2,935.20  
  Travel expenses USD 3,813.49  
  Audit fee USD 708.00  
  Bank fees USD 184.64  
  Domain fees USD 162.27  
  Postage USD 52.33  
  Total USD 32,166.74
Overview (in USD)
  Total assets on 31 December Total annual income Ordinary member dues International members dues Other sources of income Expenses
2015 74,162.11 13,731.68 12,382.28 1,349.40 0.00 3,976.14
2016 83,186.83 16,220.19 14,281.44 1,938.75 0.00 7,116.60
2017 83,514.95 15,997.05 14,474.46 1,522.59 0.00 15,604.47
2018 69,786.80 18,270.72 16,433.79 1,836.93 0.00 32,166.74
2019 c. 55,000.– c. 16,000.–       c. 30,500.–