— 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 Innovation. 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 https://www.immuconcept.org/erc-idem/ -- Pour toute question, la FAQ de la liste se trouve ici: https://www.vidal-rosset.net/