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Second meeting of the PhilInBioMed international network

14 October - 15 October

PhilInBioMed is both an interdisciplinary institute located at the University of Bordeaux, France, and a national and international network connecting groups and people working at the interface between philosophy, biology, and medicine, with the shared conviction that conceptual and philosophical approaches can make a critical contribution to science and medicine.

After the success of its first meeting, the international PhilInBioMed network organizes this second meeting, that will again gather senior and junior researchers working on conceptual issues located at the interface between philosophy, biology, and medicine.



Plenary speakers

Eugene Koonin (Senior Investigator, Evolutionary Genomics, NIH, USA)



Elliott Sober (Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor

in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, USA)



Call for contributions

The organizing committee welcomes abstracts for 30 minute oral presentations (20 minutes + 10 for discussion) on any subject combining biological or medical science with a conceptual or philosophical approach in such a way that the resulting paper makes an important contribution from both a scientific and a philosophical point of view.

Abstracts must be submitted to Lucie Laplane by May 30th, 2019.

Notifications will be sent on June 21st at the latest.

The submission must contain:

–          Name(s) of author(s)

–          Institutional affiliations & position

–          Title of the talk

–          Abstract: no longer than 500 words. The abstract must show as clearly as possible how the talk can contribute to both philosophy and biology / medicine.


Stipends to attend the meeting will be awarded to up to 10 students or young researchers (Master or PhD students, or postdoctoral researchers), based on the quality of the proposal (amount: between €500 and €1,000 each).


The best contributions will be submitted to a leading journal as a special issue, edited by Lucie Laplane, Maël Lemoine, and Thomas Pradeu.



Scientific committee

Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge, UK)

Richard Creath (Arizona State University)

Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney)

Matt Haber (University of Utah)

Lucie Laplane (IHPST & Institut Gustave Roussy, France)

Maël Lemoine (ImmunoConcept, University of Bordeaux, France)

Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter, UK)

Tim Lewens (University of Cambridge, UK)

Kate MacCord (Marine Biological Laboratory, USA)

Jane Maienschein (Arizona State University & Marine Biological Laboratory, USA)

Jean-François Moreau (ImmunoConcept, University of Bordeaux, France)

Alvaro Moreno (University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain)

Thomas Pradeu (ImmunoConcept, CNRS & University of Bordeaux, France)

Isabella Sarto-Jackson (KLI, Klosterneuburg, Austria)



Organizing committee

  • Wiebke Bretting (CNRS, Bordeaux, France)
  • Lucie Laplane (IHPST & Institut Gustave Roussy, France)
  • Maël Lemoine (University of Bordeaux, France)
  • Thomas Pradeu (CNRS & University of Bordeaux, France)


Registration and cost


Attendance to the meeting is free. Registration is mandatory: plese register here

Lunches and coffee breaks will be covered. The conference dinner will also be covered for all speakers.



More on the PhilInBioMed international network

The groups that constitute the PhilInBioMed international network are: ImmunoConcept in Bordeaux, France; Arizona State University; the History and Philosophy of Science Project at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole; the Theory and Method in Biosciences group at the University of Sydney; Egenis at the University of Exeter; the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge; the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society at the University of San Sebastian; the Konrad Lorenz Institute; and the Philosophy of Biology Group at the Department of Philosophy, University of Utah.




14 October
15 October
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Wiebke Bretting
Lucie Laplane
Maël Lemoine
Thomas Pradeu


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