International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime

Our Mission:

A century after Hermann Minkowski united space and time into an inseparable four-dimensional entity the question "What is the nature of spacetime?" remains open. As this question may have profound implications for physics, philosophy, and our entire world view the main goal of the Society is to stimulate the research on spacetime by finding ways to encourage physicists, philosophers of physics, and philosophers to collaborate on a continued basis.

The immediate objectives of the Society are:

  • to involve the philosophers of the spacetime community as well as physicists working in areas related to spacetime physics in an attempt to identify the open questions in this field

  • to provide a forum where physicists, philosophers of physics, and philosophers can discuss philosophical/conceptual issues of spacetime; such a discussion is important for its own sake and also for the sake of clarifying the meaning of the existing physical theories

  • to organize biennial conferences

  • to make this website an important web resource for all working in the area of spacetime
A Governing Board of the Society is responsible for the organization of the Society's biennial conferences. The current members of the Governing Board are:

Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego)
Dennis Dieks (Utrecht University)
Mauro Dorato (University of Rome Three)
John Earman (University of Pittsburgh)
Robert Geroch (University of Chicago)
Vesselin Petkov (Concordia University)
Steven Savitt (University of British Columbia)


The question of the nature of spacetime inspires not only physicists and philosophers but composers as well.