First Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology (San Sebastian, October 20-21 2016)

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FIRST BORDEAUX-SAN SEBASTIAN WORKSHOP
ON PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY
PROGRAM

Full program and abstracts

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 20

14:00 – 14:15 Opening

Session 1 Chair: Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo

14:15 – 15.15 Some reflections on the concept of Functional Integration (Alvaro Moreno, IAS-Universidad del País Vasco)

15:15 – 16:15 The immune system and the unification of the organism  (Thomas Pradeu ImmunoConcEpT, CNRS, University of Bordeaux)

16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 – 17:45 Beyond ‘defence’: Implication of the immune system in physiological and deregulated repair (Marie-Elise Truchetet University Hospital of Bordeaux)

20:00 Dinner

FRIDAY OCTOBER 21

Session 3 Chair: Derek Skillings

10:00 – 11:00 An Eco-Immunity Account of Holobiont Individuality (Lynn Chiu ERC IDEM, ImmunoConcEpT, CNRS, University of Bordeaux in collaboration with Gerard Eberl, Microenvironment and Immunity Laboratory, Institute Pasteur)

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 Epigenetic Variation in Population Studies (Martha Susana Esparza Soria and Arantza Etxeberria, IAS-Universidad del País Vasco)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 4 Chair: Jon Umerez
14:00 – 15: 00 The tyranny of scales in physics and biology (Sara Green University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with Robert Batterman, University of Pittsburgh)

15.00 – 15: 30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16:30 Capturing Processes: The Interplay of Modelling Strategies and Conceptual Understanding in Developmental Biology (Laura Nuño de la Rosa, IAS-Universidad del País Vasco)

16: 30 – 17:00 Closing remarks and proposals

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  • "To say that a system is complex […] is to say that we can describe the same system in a variety of distinct ways […]. Therefore a system is simple to the extent that a single description suffices to account for our interaction with the system; it is complex to the extent that it fails to be true." (Robert Rosen, 1978)
  • “Complexity is not an intrinsic property of a system nor of a system description. Rather, it arises from the number of ways in which we are able to interact with the system. Thus, complexity is a function not only of the system’s interactive capabilities, but of our own”
    (Robert Rosen, 1985)

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