CNRS School “BioPerspectives” Philosophy of Biology, Corsica, France

CNRS School “BioPerspectives”

New perspectives in philosophy of biology

March 29th – April 1st 2016

Institut d’Études Scientifiques de Cargèse

Cargèse, Corsica, France


Francesca Merlin & Matteo Mossio


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).

Applicants must fill the online form by February 15th 2016:

The pre-registration application must be uploaded on the pre-registration platform in the section “Scientific information – Application uploap" (see enclosure for the pre-registration application or download it here:

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 will have to register with the school by paying the inscription fees through the AZUR platform (link tba). Deadline for final payment is March 1st 2016.

Registration costs 200 euros for students, and 350 euros for other participants. The school is free for CNRS personnel. It includes accommodation and breakfast for 5 nights and lunches for 4 days. All participants will be hosted at the Institut d’Études Scientifiques de Cargèse.

Please visit the website of the school for detailed information and applications:

The language of the school will be English.

The organizing committee

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)

Francesca Merlin
Chargée de recherche
IHPST-UMR8590 (CNRS/Paris 1/ENS)

13, rue du four - 75006 Paris

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