The Centre for Time was established in 2002, supported by the Australian Research Council and the University of Sydney, in conjunction with a Federation Fellowship awarded to Professor Huw Price. Since 2010, the centre has been part of the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.
In 2012, the directors were awarded a John Templeton grant, which facilitated the work of the centre over the next years. Since 2015, we have been funded by a series of Australian Research Council grants in conjunction with the support of the University of Sydney.
In 2013, the Centre for Time, alongside the Philosophy of Time Society and the Centre for the Philosophy of Time together created the International Association for the Philosophy of Time (IAPT). The IAPT brings together researchers from Australasia, Europe, and the US to investigate the nature of time and temporal experience.
The centre has strengths in three main areas:
We welcome visitors interested in any of these topics, and can in some cases offer funding for travel and other expenses.
Some of time's deepest puzzles arise because it isn’t clear from which discipline, across a wide range of intellectual enquiry, it is best investigated. Some aspects belong to physics, but even within physics, there is disagreement about which aspects of the ordinary view of time we should expect to find in physical theory. The Centre for Time has four core aims:
The centre's overriding objective is to give researchers from a range of disciplines a deeper understanding of what aspects of the study of time belong to their discipline, and how those aspects both relate to, and are distinct from, the issues that belong to other disciplines. We hope to bring a new clarity to the study of time in its most global sense, and set the agenda for the subject's future.
For more information about our research, our members, our visitors, and our events and conferences please visit www.centrefortime.org