International Workshop

Sliding Doors

Prediction and Contingency in Biosciences

20th Anniversary of Res viva

February 2-4, 2017 – Villa Mirafiori (Aula XII), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy


Thursday, February 2

Welcome Addresses

14.00 Opening address
14.10 Stefano Petrucciani (Director of the Department of Philosophy, Sapienza University of Rome)
14.20 Marcello Buiatti (President of Res viva)

Predictability and contingency in physical and biological sciences

14.30 Giuseppe Longo (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris)
Unpredictable Phase Spaces, or How Future Depends on the Past and on Rare Events in Systems of Life

15.20 Guido Chelazzi (University of Florence)
The Claim of Predictability vs Contingency in Ecology

16.20 Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome)
On the Nature of Natural Selection

16.50 Emanuele Coco (University of Catania)
Harmonies Lost: Philosophy and Delusions in Constructing Nature

17.20 Philippe Hunemann (CNRS/ Université Paris 1 Sorbonne)
Making sense of Gould’s Evolutionary Contingency Thesis: issues of Grain and Scales

Friday, February 3

Big-Data and predictability in bio-medicine

9.30 Paolo Vineis (Imperial College of London)
The Tsunami of New Data: Potential for Bias

10.10 Giuseppe Novelli (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
The Bermuda Principles in the Era of Precision Medicine

11.10 Giulia Frezza (Sapienza University of Rome)
Old and New Big Data: of Mice and Men

11.40 Luigi Preziosi (Politecnico di Torino)
Determinism and Stochasticity in Mathematical Modelling for Cell Migration

12.20 Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter)
The Time of Data: Big Data Re-Use and Implications for Predictive Ability in Biology and Biomedicine

The Evolutionary contingency: past and present

15.00 Silvia Caianiello (CNR, Naples)
Seinesgleichen geschieht: Contemporary Challenges to Evolutionary Contingency

15.40 Sara Campanella (Sapienza University of Rome)
Synthesis and Behavior: a New Role for Selection

16.10 David Ceccarelli (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
Orthogenetic Predictability: Orderliness and Invariance in Early Macro-Evolutionary Explanations

17.00 Virginie Orgogozo (Institut Jacques Monod, Paris)
Can we Predict Evolution?

Saturday, February 4

Brains and behaviours in ecological frameworks

9.30 Lamberto Maffei (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa/Accademia dei Lincei)
Environment as Therapy

10.10 Carmela Morabito (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
Epigenetics and Development in Cognitive Functions

10.40 Mattia Della Rocca (University of Pisa/University of Rome Tor Vergata)
Prediction Possibility in “Silico-Simulation”?

11.20 Salvatore Maria Aglioti
(Sapienza University of Rome/Fondazione Santa Lucia, IRCCS)
Virtual Worlds for Real People

11.55 Dario Martinelli (International Semiotics Institute Kaunas University of Technology)
Estimations, Plans, Narratives: how non-Human Animals Deal with the Future and “Possible Worlds”

12.40 Elena Gagliasso (Sapienza University of Rome, Director of Res viva)
Concluding remarks

Organizing Committee: S. Caianiello, S. Campanella, D. Ceccarelli, G. Frezza, E. Gagliasso
For information:

International Workshop “Sliding Doors. Prediction and Contingency in Biosciences – 20th Anniversary of RES VIVA”, Sapienza Università di Roma, 2-4 febbraio 2017

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