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'Symbiotic Processes' workshop, organised Prof John Dupre and Dr Stephan Guttinger

ERC-funded project ProBio

This workshop is part of the ERC-funded project, “A Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology (ProBio)” led by Prof. John Dupré. The project explores the advantages, problems, and implications of a fully processual understanding of living systems. The near omnipresence of symbiosis has been one of the main motivations for the project. The dependence of most life cycles on profound inter-connections with other symbiotic life cycles has been recognised by many philosophers and biologists as problematizing standard assumptions about the nature and boundaries of the organism. This poses ontological questions that, we believe, are much more tractable for a process ontology that is not committed to unambiguous boundaries between entities. This workshop will bring together scientists with various interests in symbiosis and philosophers concerned with biological ontology with a view to an in depth exploration of these basic issues.

An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences workshop
Date19 - 20 November 2015
PlaceByrne House
ProviderEgenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences
Registration informationPlaces are limited. To attend please register by emailing quoting 'ProBio workshop 2' in the subject line

Symbiosis_Workshop_blurb__1_.docxWorkshop description (854K)
Symbiosis_Workshop_final_program.pdfSymbiosis Workshop programme (245K)
Booklet.pdfProgramme booklet with abstracts (1576K)


Byrne House