The Life & Mind Seminar Network

CFP: 1st Euro Summer School on Life & Cognition

Posted in CFP, General by Tom Froese on March 15, 2010

First European Summer School on Life & Cognition
22nd – 26th June 2010

Miramar Palace,
Donostia-San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain

IAS-Research Group, Universidad del País Vasco &
Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France

Speakers :
Eva Jablonka
Maureen O’Malley
Paul Bourgine
Juli Peretó
Ricard Solé
Giuseppe Longo
Michael Wheeler
Charles Lenay
Wayne Christensen
Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo
Arantza Etxeberria
Alvaro Moreno
Antonio Casado
Ezequiel Di Paolo
Hanne De Jaegher

Themes of the school:
Day 1 – Life: autonomous organization and evolution
Day 2 – Fabricating Life: approaches to Synthetic Biology
Day 3 – Complexity and mechanisms – systems thinking and emergence
Day 4 – Extended and embodied cognition
Day 5 – Human agency: ethics and social interaction

Registration costs 180 euros, which includes all activities and lunches for 5 days.

An optional accommodation is available at the Olarain Residence (57 euros per day, with breakfast).

Applicants must fill the online form by *April 4 2010*, and will receive a response from the organizing committee by April 18 2010. Accepted applicants will have to register with the school by paying the inscription fees either by credit/debit card or bank transfer. Detailed information about payment procedure is forthcoming. Deadline for final payment is 31st May 2010.

Some *grants* will be given to refund travel and/or accommodation to participants having made a request, according to the available funding.

The first European Summer School on Life & Cognition will offer an advanced training on contemporary scientific research about life and cognition, by focusing on some of the central theoretical issues in the fields of biological and cognitive sciences. In particular, the school will put the emphasis on the continuity between biological organization and cognitive capacities and will explore some of those concepts and problems (e.g. autonomy, embodied and extended cognition, emergence, functional mechanisms, minimal living/agent systems…) which could play a pivotal role in an integrated scientific framework of
life and cognition.

The school will apply a resolutely interdisciplinary approach, by bringing together international experts with diverse backgrounds,
including philosophy, cognitive science, theoretical biology and sciences of complexity. In addition to a series of lectures in the
mornings, the afternoons will be dedicated to workshops and discussions, which will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion
and interactions among lecturers and participants.

The language of the school will be English.

On behalf of the organizational committee:

Matteo Mossio
Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science
University of the Basque Country, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain


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