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, University of the Basque Country 


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. 

Invited lecturers: Eric Bapteste (CNRS & UPMC, Paris), Christoph Grunau (Univ of Perpignan), Ulrich Krohs (Univ of Hamburg) Ariel Lindner (INSERM, CRI, Paris), Francesca Merlin (CNRS, IHPST Paris), Michel Morange (ENS, Paris), Maureen O’Malley (CNRS, ALYSAI & Univ of Bordeaux), Olaf Wolkenhauer (Univ of Rostock).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

To submit an application, visit: http://www.iesc.univ-corse.fr/en/participation/online-registration/iel-login/idecole4/935/

For more information, visit: http://www.ihpst.cnrs.fr/en/activites/colloques/nouvelles-perspectives-en-philosophie-de-la-biologie-ecole-thematique-cnrs