The Foundational Stance

Call for Papers: FOUST II

2nd Workshop on Foundational Ontology (FOUST)
Co-located with the Joint Ontology Workshops, JOWO-2017, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Important dates:
Submission deadline: 17 July 2017
Extended to 28 July 2017
Notification of acceptance: 1 September 2017
Camera-ready version: 15 September 2017
Workshop date: 21-23 September 2017 @JOWO 2017(exact date TBD)
Workshop Topics
Foundational ontologies are attempts to systematise those categories of thought or reality which are common to all or almost all subject-matters. Commonly considered examples of such categories include 'object', 'quality', 'function', 'role', 'process', 'event', 'time', and 'place'. Amongst existing foundational ontologies, there is both a substantial measure of agreement and some dramatic disagreements. There is currently no uniform consensus concerning how a foundational ontology should be organised, how far its 'reach' should be (e.g., is the distinction between physical and non-physical entities sufficiently fundamental to be included here?), and even what role it should play in relation to more specialised domain ontologies. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present work on specific foundational ontologies as well as foundational ontologies in general and their relations to each other and to the wider ontological enterprise.

Relevant topics include:
●   Changes to existing foundational ontologies / extension by new modules
●   Any specific category or topic usually covered by foundational ontology (e.g., functions, roles, time, mereology)
●   Theoretical results about specific foundational ontologies (e.g., consistency proof of significant parts of an existing foundational ontology)
●   Comparison and alignments of foundational ontologies
●   Relationship between foundational ontologies and domain ontologies
●   Applications of foundational ontologies in AI, Semantic Web, Linguistics, etc.

We encourage different types of contribution:
Full research paper:
Submitted papers must not exceed 10 pages (including the bibliography) and must include an abstract of no more than 300 words.
Short paper:   
Submitted papers must not exceed 6 pages (including the bibliography) and must include an abstract of no more than 300 words.

Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following IOS Press formatting guidelines, which can be found at
The Easychair submission page can be found at
(select the track "2nd Workshop on Foundational Ontology")

All contributions to JOWO workshops will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, compare  for JOWO 2015,  for JOWO 2016.
Workshop website:


The FOUST II workshop will be co-located with the Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO 2017) to be held in Bolzano-Bozen (Italy), 21-23 September 2017.

Workshop organizers
Antony Galton  -- University of Exeter

Fabian Neuhaus -- Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg