DHST/DLMPST Joint Commission

Chair. Hasok Chang (Cambridge, England).

The two divisions maintain a Joint Commission in order to enhance cooperation between them. The main responsibility of the Joint Commission is to explore research fields of mutual interest to historians and philosophers of science and technology and logicians by means of Joint Conferences and symposia on topics of mutual interest. The main activity of the Joint Commission is the organisation of a session at the congresses of both divisions. According to a decision of the Councils of both divisions (DLMPST in Helsinki, August 2015 & DHST in Beijing, December 2015), a joint committee of the two divisions is re-evaluating the Joint Commission and will propose 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 are Hasok Chang, Jean Gayon, Catherine Jami, Benedikt Löwe, Menachem Magidor, and Efthymios Nicolaidis.


The Joint Commission coordinates the IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. The prize was awarded for the first time in 2017. Its inaugural winner is Professor 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".