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Expert workshop: Understanding Evolvability and Robustness

This workshop brings together biologists, philosophers, engineers and mathematicians interested in systems and synthetic biology, in order to discuss the central notion of evolvability: the capacity of organisms for adaptive evolution, which secures the emergence of beneficial traits that can undergo natural selection.

A College of Social Sciences and International Studies seminar
Date18 January 2013
Time10:30 to 17:15
PlaceByrne House

The workshop proposes to examine the history and multiple current usages of the notion of evolvability, and its relation to other key ideas within systems and synthetic biology, such as the idea of robustness.  In particular, we will discuss the ways in which evolvability is being modelled, with specific emphasis on mathematical modelling and theoretical approaches coming from engineering, such as control theory. Speakers will concern themselves with the ways in which models capture and operationalize the idea of evolvability, and reflect on the ways in which modelling strategies adopted in systems biology over the last two decades are impacting on current conceptualisations of what it means for organisms to be able to evolve. Full details.


Byrne House