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CNRS School “BioPerspectives” New perspectives in philosophy of biology
With the support of :
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST)
IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society, Universidad del Pais Vasco
The CNRS School BioPerspectives will offer an advanced training in philosophy of biology, by focusing on the philosophical and epistemological challenges originated by the emergence of new research domains as, in particular, molecular epigenetics, metagenomics, systems biology and synthetic biology.
Those new disciplines challenge the mainstream approaches in biology during the 20th century, and open the way to a more interactive and integrative perspective, by relying on new technologies for data production and analysis (as, for instance, next-generation sequencing techniques and new algorithms for treating massive experimental data). Such an expansion and diversification entail major transformations – both theoretical and methodological – in the study of the functioning, development and evolution of biological organisms.
After having mostly focused for several decades on evolutionary biology, philosophy of biology must today widen its scope, and profoundly renew the object of its reflexion. The central objective of BioPerspectives is to identify the main conceptual and epistemological challenges with which philosophy of biology will deal for the next decade and beyond.
The school will apply an interdisciplinary approach, by bringing together international experts coming from both philosophy and biology. In addition to a series of lectures in the mornings, the afternoons will be dedicated to group workshops, which will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and interactions among lecturers and participants.
More specifically the school aims at:
1) Understanding how the emergence of these new disciplines is changing the very meaning of some central biological concepts (individual, development, heredity, evolution…) and the way in which biological phenomena are explained.
2) Providing the participants (in particular PhD students and young researchers, be them philosophers or biologists) with the knowledge and tools required to understand these transformations, to evaluate their relevance and anticipate the direction of future debates in philosophy of biology.
3) Promoting the interactions between philosophers and biologists, so as to generate future collaborations. Moreover, thanks to the involvement of foreign partners, the school also aims at strengthening the links between French and international research centres in philosophy of biology.
4) More generally, contributing at the establishment of a scientific community in philosophy of biology, open to emerging scientific themes and ready to engage into interdisciplinary research programs.
Invited lecturers: Eric Bapteste (CNRS & UPMC, Paris), Jérôme Bonnet (INSERM, Montpellier), Christoph Grunau (Univ of Perpignan), Ulrich Krohs (Univ of Hamburg), Francesca Merlin (CNRS, IHPST Paris), Michel Morange (ENS, Paris), Maureen O’Malley (CNRS, ALYSAI & Univ of Bordeaux), Olaf Wolkenhauer (Univ of Rostock).
Applicants must fill the online form by February 18th 2016:
http://www.iesc.univ-corse.fr/fr/participation/inscriptions-en-ligne/acces-enregistrement/idecole4/935/ (link is external)
The pre-registration application (see "informations complémentaires" above) must be uploaded on the pre-registration platform in the section “Scientific information – Application upload”.
Applicants must give a negative answer to questions about presentations (oral, poster).
The organizing committee will send an answer by February 20th 2016.
Accepted applicants must register online on the website of the Institute:
and on the Azur colloque platform:
between February 20th and March 10th 2016. Please make sure to register on both websites!
The first will help us to better organize the stay at the Institute, and the second will allow participants to pay the registration fees (by credit card, by check, and by bank transfer).
We also recommend the participants to their flights as soon as possible. A shuttle service will be scheduled around 18h30 and 22h30 on March 28th from Ajaccio Airport, and around 12h00 on April 2nd from Cargèse.
Do not hesitate to write to Francesca Merlin if you have any question regarding this point (Francesca.firstname.lastname@example.org).
During the registration procedure, participants will have to say whether they prefer to have a single or a double room (and they can indicate in this latter case the name of the person with whom they want to share the room).
Please note that a single room costs 10 extra Euros per night (50 Euros in total).
Please also note that in both cases participants must select a room located at the Institute (the system gives you several other options).
The registration fees are:
· 200 (or 250 for a single room) euros for students;
· 350 (or 400 for a single room) euros for other participants (postdocs, professors, non-CNRS researchers);
· Free for CNRS researchers.
The fees include: accommodations, meals (daily breakfasts and lunches), a dinner at a restaurant in the village of Cargèse, a dinner at the Institute, a cocktail-dinner at the Institute and the shuttle service Ajaccio-Cargèse-Ajaccio.
The language of the school will be English.
Francesca Merlin (CNRS – IHPST)
Matteo Mossio (CNRS – IHPST)
Sébastien Dutreuil (Université Paris 1)
Victor Lefevre (Université Paris 1)
Gaëlle Pontarotti (Université Paris 1)
Peggy Tessier (CNRS – IHPST)
Arantza Exteberria (Pr, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Donostia – San Sebastian)
Jean Gayon (Pr, Université Paris 1, IHPST)
Thierry Hoquet (Pr, Université Lyon 3)
Philippe Huneman (DR, CNRS, IHPST, Paris)
Lucie Laplane (Postdoc, CNRS, IHPST, Paris)
Francesca Merlin (CR, CNRS, IHPST, Paris)
Paul-Antoine Miquel (Pr, Université de Toulouse 2)
Matteo Mossio (CR, CNRS, IHPST, Paris)
Maël Montévil (PostDoc, Labex “Who Am I?”, MSC, Université Paris 7)
Antonine Nicoglou (PostDoc, Labex “Who Am I?”, CRPMS & Institut Jacques Monod, IHPST, Paris)
Thomas Pradeu (CR, CNRS, ALYSAI/CIRID, Bordeaux)
Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo (DR, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Donostia – San Sebastian)