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About wuthrich

I am a philosopher of physics at the University of Geneva.

New videos: Dowker and Palmer

Two recent talks are now available on our YouTube channel – follow the links above (or look at the speakers page. Enjoy!

Fay Dowker: Being and Becoming in Quantum Gravity (or The Birth of a Baby is not a Baby)

Tim Palmer: What physics needs is not a quantum theory of gravity – but rather a gravitational theory of the quantum


Speakers this Fall at UIC and Geneva announced

We have put together the program with talks at UIC and Geneva this fall semester. More details, including titles and abstracts for the talks, will follow shortly and will be updated, as always, on the speaker page, where you will also find more information:

Looking forward to seeing many of you there. For those who will have to miss the talks, we will make the videos available as soon as they are ready!

New predocs at Geneva

The Geneva Center welcomes our two new predoctoral fellows, who have started earlier this week: Radin Dardashti, who is completing his PhD at the LMU Munich, and Juliusz Doboszewski, who is working on his PhD at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow. Both of them will participate in the various activities of the Templeton-funded project Space and Time After Quantum Gravity and will also give talks during spring semester. Watch this space for more on their activities!

Postdoc at Geneva

Call for Applications:
University of Geneva

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a two-year postdoctoral research position, starting 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. A start after 1 September 2016 would shorten the postdoc to less than two years; an earlier start may be possible. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’. Continue reading Postdoc at Geneva

Live streaming planned for tomorrow

UPDATE: Please find the slides at

We plan to livestream tomorrow’s talk at Geneva by Michael Esfeld at 16:15 (CEST). To watch it, please go to our YouTube channel: and then find the livestream under the tiny ‘All Activities’ button above the list of videos.

As we still are just getting our feet wet with livestreaming, it comes with no warranties, and definitely no technical support (if you have something to say to help us, please let us know after the talk!). Apologies for any frustration you encounter.

If it works, then if you email questions for the speaker to our gmail (beyondspacetimeseminar), we will try to ask them of the speaker.

Hope you can make it. Look under the project tab above for more information on the talk itself.

Geneva: PhD position in Philosophy of Science or Philosophy of Physics

Please note that for the following position, I will need someone with excellent French. Here is the ad:

Le Département de philosophie met au concours :

1 poste d’assistant-e en philosophie de la physique ou philosophie des sciences

Conditions :
Continue reading Geneva: PhD position in Philosophy of Science or Philosophy of Physics

New email distribution list for the philosophy of quantum gravity

There is now a new email distribution list to share information about events and opportunities concerning the philosophy of quantum gravity, broadly construed. Anyone can become a subscriber, and any subscriber can send a message to the list. Posts that are off topic will be deleted, however, and their senders blocked. Drive responsibly!

To subscribe, go to

CFP Essay Prize:

Call for Papers:

Prize competition for essays on

Run by the University of Geneva-University of Illinois at Chicago ‘Space and Time After Quantum Gravity’ project

The investigation of quantum gravity has been central to theoretical physics for at least two decades, but philosophy has only begun to systematically engage with this field in the past few years. The purpose of this competition is to promote new work in the field, and especially engage directly with philosophy and philosophers thus-far outside of quantum gravity.
Continue reading CFP Essay Prize:

Call for Applications: Junior Fellowship at Geneva


University of Geneva

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a one-year junior visiting fellowship for advanced PhD students, starting Fall 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.

Candidates must be ABD in a PhD program at an accredited university, working on a dissertation in the philosophy of quantum gravity, broadly construed. The fellowship will provide support for the successful candidate to spend a year away from their home institution to work with the project’s Geneva group led by Professor Christian Wüthrich, and to benefit from interactions with project members and from participation in the project’s activities. The successful candidate will participate in a tutoring program directed by Professor Wüthrich. They will be expected to participate in weekly group meetings during term, help with the administration and organization of the group’s activities, and contribute to the group’s research and outreach efforts. Fluency in English is required. More information on the project and the research group is available at

The fellowship is fixed-term for one year, although we will consider applications for a six-month period. The salary will depend on the candidate’s prior experience, but is expected to be around CHF 51,000. Research funds will be available for travel to relevant conferences and to visit the project’s other group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The successful candidate will remain a student at their home institution, and will not be admitted into any degree program at Geneva. The fellowship will not cover any costs (such as tuition and fees) at the home institution.

Applications must contain a cover letter detailing the pertinent experience and motivation for the position, a CV, a 1-2 page description of the dissertation project, one writing sample, and two letters of reference (sent under separate cover). They should be sent to Professor Christian Wüthrich at

Review of the files will begin on September 14, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates files will be reviewed by qualified members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the best qualified candidate will be selected by Professors Huggett and Wüthrich.

Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Professor Christian Wüthrich at