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Prizes

2015 Marjorie Grene Prize

The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) seeks submissions for the 2015 Marjorie Grene Prize.

This prize is intended to advance the careers of younger scholars, and will be awarded to the best manuscript based on a presentation at one of the two previous ISHPSSB meetings (Montpellier or Salt Lake City) by someone who was, at the time of presentation, a graduate student.

It is very appropriate for ISHPSSB to name this prize in Marjorie Grene’s honor. Not only does her work in the history and philosophy of biology exemplify the strong spirit of interdisciplinary work fundamental to ISHPSSB, but she played a central role in bringing together diverse scholars of biology even before the formation of the Society. She has been a valued mentor to many members of the Society and a long-standing inspiration to all.

The award will consist of a certificate and an award of $500, as well as a permanent record of the award on a plaque which circulates every two years to the current winner(s).

Submissions should be in the form of a paper prepared for submission to a professional journal, with an indication of the journal in question. An electronic copy, in Microsoft Word or PDF format, should be emailed to the Chair of the Grene Prize Committee, Rachel A. Ankeny, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than 15 February 2015.  The winning paper will be announced at the 2015 meeting in Montréal.

Past Recipients:

2013 Lukas Rieppel and John Matthewson “Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life: Exhibiting Prehistory at the American Museum of Natural History” and “Evolving Populations,” respectively
2011 Angela Potochnik “Explanatory Independence and Epistemic Interdependence: A Case Study of the Optimality Approach”
2009 Lisa Onaga “Toyama Kametaro and Vernon Kellogg: Silkworm Inheritance Experiments in Japan, Siam, and California, 1900-1912″
2007 Sabina Leonelli "Performing Abstraction: Two Ways of Modelling Arabidopsis thaliana"
2005 Tania Munz "The Bee Battles: Karl von Frisch, Adrian Wenner and the Honey Bee Dance Language Controversy"
2003 Kevin Elliott “Error as a Means to Discovery”
2001 Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther “August Weismann on Germ-Plasm Variation”
1997 Judy Johns Schloegel. “Biology as Biography and Biography of Biology: Intimacy, Subjectivity, and ‘Understanding’ in the Experimental Work of H. S. Jennings, Tracy Sonneborn, and Paramecium aurelia.”

2015 Werner Callebaut Prize

The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) seeks submissions for the newly inaugurated 2015 Werner Callebaut Prize.

This prize is intended to advance the careers of younger scholars working at the intersection of the fields represented by ISH, and will be awarded to the best manuscript utilizing an interdisciplinary approach based on a presentation at one of the two previous ISHPSSB meetings (Salt Lake City or Montpellier) by someone who was, at the time of presentation, a graduate student. 

The prize is named in honor of Werner Callebaut, whose untimely death in 2014 inflicted a serious blow to the philosophy of biology community worldwide. Werner’s mentorship and guidance has benefitted the intellectual and personal development of countless philosophers and scientists over the last twenty years, and contributed greatly to making sure that philosophical and scientific work evolve in constructive dialogue and reciprocal respect. His work reached creatively across fields of relevance to the philosophical understanding of biology (comprising areas as far removed as economics, evolutionary biology, history, sociology and cognitive science), as well as across national cultures, languages and traditions (most notably the ‘continental-analytic’ divide among philosophers of science), hence making a prize focused on interdisciplinarity most appropriate, especially for ISHSSPB which explicitly encourages interdisiciplinary approaches.

The award will consist of a certificate and an award of $500, as well as a permanent record of the award on a plaque which circulates every two years to the current winners. Submissions may be simultaneously considered for the Grene and the Callebaut prizes, but a paper may not be awarded both prizes.

Submissions should be in the form of a paper prepared for submission to a professional journal, with an indication of the journal in question, along with a brief statement detailing the interdisciplinarity represented in the manuscript. An electronic copy, in Microsoft Word or PDF format, should be emailed to the Chair of the Callebaut Prize Committee, Rachel A. Ankeny,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than 15 February 2015.  The winning paper will be announced at the 2015 meeting in Montréal. The committee reserves the right not to make an award, or to split the award.

With thanks to the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) for financial support for the Callebaut Prize.

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