— Please circulate this announcement widely —   Summer schoolMicrobiota, 
Symbiosis, and Individuality: Conceptual and Philosophical IssuesJuly 1st-5th 
2019 - Biarritz, France Most multicellular organisms from plants to animals are 
hosts to a vast array of microorganisms. In recent years it has become apparent 
that the microbiota is not just a silent tenant to the host, but that its 
presence can shape the development, health and behavior of the host. Thus the 
question of individuality arises. To what extent does our microbiota influence 
who we are? And is our microbiota part of ourselves?

From July 1st-5th 2019 the ERC IDEM team organizes a summer school exploring 
conceptual issues related to Microbiota, Symbiosis and Individuality. 20 young 
philosophers, biologist and medical students will meet to learn, discuss and 
develop new interdisciplinary approaches. Course leadersYasmine Belkaid, 
Immunologist and Senior Investigator at the NIH. Her research aims to 
understand the mechanisms controlling host-microbe interactions at barrier 
sites such as the skin and the gut.

Scott Gilbert, Professor emeritus at Swarthmore College, he is a specialist of 
ecological developmental biology, developmental genetics, embryology, and the 
history and critiques of biology.

Rob Knight is a Professor at the University of California San Diego and the 
co-founder of the American Gut Project. He is also a co-founder of the Earth 
Microbiome Project, and the founding Director of the Center for Microbiome 

Jan-Pieter Konsman is a CNRS investigator in neuroscience (neuroimmunology) at 
the INCIA lab, Bordeaux, France. He also works in philosophy of science.

Samir Okasha (to be confirmed) is a Professor of philosophy of science at the 
University of Bristol. His research interestes focus mainly around evolutionary 
theory and epistemology.

Thomas Pradeu is a Senior CNRS Investigator in philosophy of science and PI of 
the ERC IDEM project. He focuses on philosophy of immunology, especially 
immune-microbiota interactions, developmental biology, and physiology.
 The application deadline is March 7th 2019. For more information on how to 
apply, please click here.
Dr. Wiebke Bretting
Project Manager ERC IDEM
ImmunoConcEpT, UMR5164
Université de Bordeaux
146 rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux

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