mandag den 14. juni 2010

Syntese af liv, genomer og gnomer

Genomes and the Synthesis of Life:

Technological, Philosophical, and Cultural Aspects

Genomics, proteomics, and synthetic biology are advancing at an ever-accelerating pace. Data, technology, and promises issue forth from these efforts. This conference describes current scientific progress in genomics and the synthesis of life, and then examines these advances from a philosophical and cultural point of view. How are bottom-up (reductionist-analytic) and top-down (holistic-synthetic) methodologies used in this research? What role do mathematical models (e.g., nonlinear dynamics, agent-based models, and network theory) play in contemporary biotechnological efforts? Does physics influence biology? How might we change the way that we look upon ourselves, our capacities, and our potentials, if we were able to synthesize life, or fully interpret the genome, or both?

This conference brings together top researchers in the biological sciences and in the philosophy of science, to explore these questions. The first day focuses on philosophical and cultural matters ("philosophy & culture"), the second day on technological progress ("biology"). There is a roundtable discussion at the end of each day.

There is a registration fee of 300 DKK (including lunch) and only a limited number of seats. Register with your name, address and contact info through

On 7th and 8th October 2010

Niels Bohr Institute, Auditorium A

Blegdamsvej 17, 2100 Copenhagen


Mark A. Bedau

Reed College, USA

European School of Molecular Medicine, Italy

University of Southern Denmark

John Dupré

University of Exeter, U.K.

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Harvard University, USA

Gerd Müller

University of Vienna, Austria

Steen Rasmussen

University of Southern Denmark

Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther

University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

CPNSS, University of Copenhagen

This conference is organized by PHIS and CPNSS. PHIS is a Danish national collaboration on Ph.D-education in the fields of philosophy, history of science and history of ideas. Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies, is at University of Copenhagen and involves a group of researchers engaged in the interdisciplinary fields of philosophy of science, and science studies.

See detailed programme here (pdf).

Contact person for practicalities: Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, email: rgwinther [at] gmail . com