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Bordeaux Summer School – Philosophy in Biology and Medicine

7 June 2022 | 12 h 00 min - 10 June 2022 | 17 h 30 min


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Course leaders

Paul Griffiths (Sydney, Australia)

Fridolin Gross (ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France)

Lucie Laplane (IHPST & Gustave Roussy, Paris, France)

Maël Lemoine (ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France)

Alan Love (Minnesota, USA)

Angela Potochnik (Cincinnati, USA)

Thomas Pradeu (ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France)

Elliott Sober (Wisconsin, USA)

Marie-Elise Truchetet (MD, Professor of Rheumatology & Immunology, Univ. Bordeaux, France)



Dialogue with scientists

During a specific time slot (Wednesday 8th, 5-6pm), participants will have the opportunity to interact with the following outstanding scientists:

  • – Group 1: Cancer: Andrew Ewald (Professor of Cell Biology & Oncology, Johns Hopkins, USA). Coordination: Lucie Laplane
  • – Group 2: Microbial ecology, Microbiota, Immunology: Margaret McFall-Ngai (Professor of Biology, Director, Division of Biosphere Sciences & Engineering, Faculty Associate, California Institute of Technology, USA). Coordination: Thomas Pradeu
  • – Group 3: Neuroscience & emotions: Joseph LeDoux (Professor of Neural Science & Director of The Emotional Brain Institute, New York University, USA). Coordination: Alan Love & Fridolin Gross
  • – Group 4: Philosophy of Medicine & Medical Studies: Marie-Elise Truchetet (MD, Professor of Rheumatology & Immunology, Univ. Bordeaux, France). Coordination: Paul Griffiths & Maël Lemoine
  • – Group 5: Evolutionary Biology: Scott Gilbert (Professor Emeritus of Biology, Swarthmore College, USA). Coordination: Elliott Sober
  • – Group 6: Biology & Values in Science: Jonathan Weitzman (Professor of Genetics & Head of Labex ‘Who am I?”, Paris, France). Coordination: Angela Potochnik.



This summer school is organized by the PhilinBioMed network and the University of Bordeaux, within the framework of the Bordeaux Summer Schools program. It is open to second year Master students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from the fields of philosophy, life sciences, and medicine. Participants will learn to use interdisciplinary methods to address conceptual issues in scientific research.

Course leaders will be present throughout the week providing examples of interdisciplinary research based on their own experience, as well as interacting and advising participants on their projects.

Previous editions

The first edition of this summer school took place in Bordeaux in 2019 and gathered 20 participants from 12 different countries. Course content focused on microbiota, symbiosis and individuality. Participants learnt how the microbiome shapes the development, health and behavior of the host, thus modifying the definition of individuality.


7 June 2022 | 12 h 00 min
10 June 2022 | 17 h 30 min
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Bordeaux, France
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