The First Conference
The first HOPOS biennial meeting (1996) was organized by Joseph C. Pitt (Virginia Tech) and David Stump (University of San Francisco). The poster for the event announced:
The History of Philosophy of Science Working Group will hold its first conference in cooperation with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on April 19-21, 1996. The conference will be open to work from all approaches in science studies that focus upon the history of philosophy of science.
HOPOS is an informal, international working group of scholars who share an interest in promoting serious, scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science and related topics in history of the natural and social sciences, logic, philosophy, and mathematics. We interpret this statement of shared interest broadly, meaning to include all historical periods and diverse methodologies.