Presentations & events

Forthcoming 8 September 2017: Rami Koskinen: European Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Conference, Exeter, UK: ”Multiple realizability as a design hypothesis in biological engineering”

Forthcoming 26 April 2017: Tero Ijäs: The Academy of Finland FinSynBio research programme ending ceremony, Helsinki, ”A philosophical and social account on practices of synthetic biology – SynBioMode”

5–10 March 2017: International workshop and winter school: Varieties of modeling in technoscience: The case of synthetic biology (in collaboration with Alfred Nordmann, Compugene), Darmstadt, Germany.

12 & 15 January 2017: Rami Koskinen: Tieteen päivät [Science days], Synteettisen biologian sessio, Helsinki, ”Elämä ja mahdollinen elämä – filosofisia näkökulmia synteettiseen biologiaan” [Life and possible life – philosophical perspectives on synthetic biology]. Video of the whole presentation (in Finnish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmGsD2TdqeY

3–6 November 2016: The Philosophy of Science Association 25th Biannual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Tero Ijäs: ”Design under randomness: How variation affects the engineering of biological systems”
  • Tarja Knuuttila and Andrea Loettgers: ”Definitions of life—Why should we care (in astrobiology and elsewhere)?”
  • Rami Koskinen: ”Synthetic biology and the search for alternative genetic systems: Taking how-possibly models seriously”

7 July 2016: Tero Ijäs: The British Society for Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, Cardiff University, ”Integrating clinical and nonclinical data in biomedical sciences: A case from cancer genomics”

2 June 2016: Leena Tulkki and Rami Koskinen: The Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies, Conference on Expertise, Helsinki, ”Risk expertise in synthetic biology: An epistemic viewpoint”

29 March–1 April 2016: Rami Koskinen: Participant in CNRS international workshop BioPerspectives, Cargèse, Corsica

7–8 January 2016: Tero Ijäs and Rami Koskinen, The Philosophical Association of Finland, Colloquium on ”Possibility”, Helsinki, ”Biological possibility and possible life” (In Finnish)

3–8 August 2015: 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, University of Helsinki (http://clmps.helsinki.fi/)

  • Petri Turunen and Tero Ijäs: ”Context for philosophy: How can novel contexts in synthetic biology help philosophy of science?”
  • Tarja Knuuttila and Andrea Loettgers: ”How to understand abstraction in the modeling of complex systems?”
  • Miles MacLeod: ”Reevaluating the goals of systems biology: Abstraction and uncertainty”
  • Rami Koskinen: ”Synthetic biology and the search for potential biological systems: Taking how-possibly models seriously”

15–17 April 2015: Miles MacLeod: Workshop on Scientific Imperialism, Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (http://www.helsinki.fi/tint), University of Helsinki, ”Scientific subordination, molecular biology and systems biology”

July 2014: Tero Ijäs: The British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, ”Beyond tinkering: Design and understanding through directed evolution in synthetic biology – A case from protein design”

May 2014: Miles MacLeod: Workshop, Models and Simulations 6, Notre Dame, Indiana, ”Understanding without mechanistic explanation in systems biology”

March 2014: ”Biology needs more than biologists: How do engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists fit into one tent?” Discussed by Merja Penttilä (Research professor, VTT Techical Research Centre of Finland), Sampsa Hautaniemi (Professor of systems biology, University of Helsinki), and Kai Lindstöm (Åbo Akademi, Professor of ecology and environmental sciences). Coordinated by Tarja Knuuttila and Miles Macleod as part of the AID series by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (http://www.helsinki.fi/tint/aid.htm).