IAS-IHPST Workshop: Boundaries and Levels of Biological Organization (1-2 July 2014)





The IAS-Research Centre for Life Mind and Society of the University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV) in collaboration with the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST) of the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne École Normale Supérieure and CNRS will be hosting an international workshop in Philosophy of Biology.

The workshop will discuss the notion of biological organization from a systemic- perspective. In particular it will focus on its intrinsic hierarchical dimension, and on the role organization plays in the understanding of the transition from pre-biotic to minimal living systems and of more complex forms of biological, cognitive and ecological systems.


Dates: July 1-2 2014

Venue: Room B1 – Centro Carlos Santamaria, Universidad del Pais Vasco (EHU/UPV) Campus de Guipuzkoa

Webpage: http://ias-ihpst.ias-research.net/

For more detailed information please contact the organisers Leonardo Bich  and Maël Montevil.

No registration and no fees are needed for attending the workshop. Access is free to everybody in the academic community interested in the topics of the workshop. If you intend to come, please send an email to leonardo[dot]bich[at]ehu[dot]es so that we can facilitate your entrance into the building.

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10:00 – 10:15 Opening
Session 1  
10:15 – 11.15 Hierarchical thinking in organicist and systems biology

Jon Umerez

IAS/Universidad del País Vasco

11:15 – 11:40 Coffee break and collaboration proposals
11:40 – 12:40 Levels, orders and boundaries: a look into the architecture of biological organization

Matteo Mossio

IHPST/Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

12:40 – 14:30 Lunch break
Session 2  
14:30 – 15:30 Protocellular autonomy: getting organized through the construction of open boundaries

Kepa Ruiz Mirazo

IAS/Universidad del País Vasco

15:30 – 15:40 Break
15:40 – 16:40 Heredity and organization

Gaëlle Pontarotti, with commentaries by Francesca Merlin

IHPST/Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne



Session 3  
10:00 – 11:00 Teleology as a principle

Nicole Perret

ENS Paris

11:00 – 11:40 Coffee break and collaboration proposals
11:40 – 12:40 Failed intentions, or why adaptive behavior is not sufficient for cognition

Xabier Barandiaran

IAS/Universidad del País Vasco

12:40 – 14:30 Lunch Break
Session 4  
14:30 – 15: 30 On the origin of autonomy: from chemical to biological organisation

Alvaro Moreno

IAS /Universidad del Pais Vasco

15.30 – 15: 40 Break
15.40 – 16 :40 Gaïa: what was it about?

Sebastien Dutreuil

IHPST/Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

16: 40 – 16:50 Closing remarks


“Synthetic Modeling of Life and Cognition: Open Questions” (SMLC 2013) – 12-14.09.2013, Bergamo, Italy

Call for Papers

Workshop ”Synthetic Modeling of Life and Cognition: Open Questions” (SMLC 2013)

12-14th September 2013, University of Bergamo, Italy

Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo)
Vincent C. Müller (Anatolia College/ACT & University of Oxford)

Website: http://www.pt-ai.org/smlc/2013

In recent decades researchers in various scientific domains have been working intensely on procedures directed to exploring life and cognition in a “synthetic” way, i.e. through modeling in artificial systems. Research on biological and cognitive processes is thus been increasingly based on implementations in “software” (simulations), “hardware” (robots) and “wetware” (chemical systems) used as scientific models of the processes in question. This scientific development is often seen as the emergence of a new general methodology, a “synthetic methodology”, slated to become a dominant force in science. This synthetic methodology poses a challenge for both science itself and the philosophy of science: to define the possibilities, the limits, and the ways of the synthetic modeling of life and cognition, and its relevance for biological, behavioral, cognitive, and social sciences.

The workshop “Synthetic Modeling of Life and Cognition: Open Questions” will tackle this challenge by creating a strongly interdisciplinary forum that can formulate and address these fundamental questions. The workshop brings together pioneers of the synthetic exploration of life and cognition from different scientific domains (computer science, synthetic biology, cognitive, developmental, social robotics…), and invites them to discuss with philosophers and other specialists studying this emerging form of scientific investigation.

Invited speakers

  • Minoru Asada, Osaka University, Japan
  • Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Luciano Fadiga, University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Stuart Kauffman, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Pier Luigi Luisi, University of Rome Three, Italy
  • Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
  • Giulio Sandini, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
  • Ricard Solé, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Call for Papers

The SMLC 2013 workshop adopts an “Open Questions” format. – This means that the SMLC 2013 call for papers contains a list of questions on the synthetic modeling of life and cognition formulated by members of the Program Committee and other selected specialists on the basis of their expertise and in accordance with the topics of the workshop.

Deadline: 30.06.2013

Complete Call for Papers: http://www.pt-ai.org/smlc/2013/calls


“Cognition and Consciousness” Retecog Summer School 2012

The Retecog Network fosters interdisciplinary collaboration to promote the advancement of Cognitive Science in Spain. This summer school aims to offer an overview of research in Cognitive Science through the choice of an area of research which provides a clear demonstration of the potential benefits of multidisciplinary cross-fertilization. It is addressed to graduate students, or recent doctors, interested in gaining a broader view of their research topic, and benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration. Participants are expected to present their current projects, either as poster or oral presentation, and will be offered feedback and further support.

More information at: http://summerschool.retecog.net

Full week course on Bioethics and Film

Looking at Bioethics through the Lens of Both American and Spanish Films

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Donostia – San Sebastian, March 11-16, 2012

This is the first time we host this international program in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University. Taught by faculty from CWRU and UPV/EHU this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on bioethics in the United States and Spain. This course uses the medium of film, complemented by readings in bioethics, film criticism, and medical research, to introduce students to a number of compelling bioethics issues.

Attendance to San Sebastian activities free of charge for IAS-Research members, UPV/EHU researchers and “Filosofía, Ciencia y Valores / Filosofia, Zientzia eta Balioak” master students.

More info: antonio.casado AT ehu DOT es

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XXII SIUCC (San Sebastián, 6-8/09/2012)

The IAS-Research Center for Life, Mind and Society and the Spanish Society for Analytic Philosophy (SEFA) invite submissions on any aspect of the work of the invited guest for the XXIIth edition of the SIUCC, Jesse Prinz, for presentations at the conference, to be held in San Sebastián on September, 6-8, 2012. Check out all the information about the event at http://siucc2012.ias-research.net.

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