Recent conferences and talks by Thomas Pradeu

Talks in 2018

December 5, 2018: “Approches conceptuelles en immunologie : individualité et explication de la réponse immunitaire”, Conférence plénière du Congrès de la Société francophone de transplantation, Toulouse, France.

November 15-16, 2018: “Identity, Substance, and Processes:
A Biological Viewpoint”, Identity Workshop (Full program), Granada, Spain.

November 8, 2018: “Que devient notre individualité face aux recherches actuelles sur le microbiote?”, Assosciences Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France.

September 10-14, 2018: “A Plea for Philosophy in Science”, Fifth European Advanced School in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences (EASPLS): “Interdisciplinarity in the life sciences and their philosophy”, Konrad Lorenz institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), Klosterneuburg (Austria). Directors: Sabina Leonelli (Exeter) & Thomas Reydon (Hannover).

September 10, 2018: “The Microbiome, the Immune System, and Individuality: A Philosophical Examination”, University of Vienna (Medical campus), Austria.

July 9-14, 2018: EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) Meeting, session on When Science Meets History and Philosophy of Science (organized by Lucie Laplane), with Paul Griffiths (Sydney), Lucie Laplane (IHPST & Gustave Roussy), Kate MacCord (MBL, Woods Hole), and Thomas Pradeu. Centre Pierre Baudis, Toulouse, France.

July 5, 2018: “Individualité, auto-immunité et théorie de la discontinuité”, 1ère journée du Centre de Référence des Maladies Auto-Immunes Systémiques Rares de l’Est et du Sud-Ouest, Cité du Vin, Bordeaux.

June 28-29, 2018: “Microbiome: The Second Immune System”, International Symposium “Microbiome and Human Evolution: Microbiology Meets Anthropology”, Paris, Collège de France, organized by Philippe Sansonetti.
June 18, 2018: “Pourquoi passer de la Philosophie de la biologie à la Philosophie dans la biologie?”, Philosophy of Biology Seminar (Philbio), IHPST, Paris.

June 8, 2018: “The Discontinuity Theory of Immunity”, International Gamma-delta Conference, Bordeaux.

June 6, 2018: “The indispensable dialogue between science and philosophy: The case of  immunology and individuality”, AMGEN Scholars Program, Institut Pasteur, Paris.

May 24, 2018: “Why Science needs Philosophy: One example of a dialogue between immunology and philosophy”, XII PhD Students’ Meeting, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal.

February 6, 2018: “La philosophie dans la biologie: De quelques défis de l’interdisciplinarité”, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, Séminaire Sciences & Société.

February 2, 2018: A. Guay & T. Pradeu “To be continued: the genidentity of physical and biological processes”, Entretiens HPS de Paris-Diderot, Paris (invitation: Nadine de Courtenay).

February 2, 2018: “Individu, identité, auto-immunité”, Auto-ImmunoSEM (autoimmunity seminar), Paris.

January 24, 2018: “How can philosophy contribute to science? The example of immunology and individuality”, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne Univ., Developmental Biology Lab.

January 23, 2018: “Situating Metaphysics of Science”, Grounding and Reduction Workshop around Tuomas E. Tahko (organized by Jean-Baptiste Rauzy), Paris-Sorbonne University.

January 11, 2018: “Immunology and Individuality: A Philosophical Examination”, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif. Invitation: Lucie Laplane.

 

Conferences/Workshops organized or co-organized in 2018

October 15-17, 2018, Philosophy of Cancer Biology Workshop, PUSG, University of Bordeaux, France. Organized by Sara Green, Lucie Laplane, Maël Lemoine, Thomas Pradeu, and Elena Rondeau, and funded by Thomas Pradeu’s ERC-funded project IDEM.

 

June 19, 2018, Robustness Workshop, Pey-Berland, University of Bordeaux, France:

Fridolin Gross: “Robust mechanisms or mechanisms of robustness?”

Marie-Elise Truchetet & Thomas Pradeu: “Re-thinking our understanding of immunity: Robustness in the tissue reconstruction system”

Jonathan Sholl: “Physiological robustness”

Paul Griffiths: Beyond canalisation: robustness in developmental systems

Elena Rondeau: “Understanding cancer progression and its control: the (im)balance between tissue construction, destruction and reconstruction?”

Jan Pieter Konsman: “Central components of the systemic inflammatory response confer robustness to the infected host through functionally redundant regulatory processes”

Chaired by Maël Lemoine.

 

March 19, 2018: co-organizer of the workshop “Key Concepts in Neuroimmunology, a dialogue between Philosophers and Scientists”, University of Bordeaux, Centre de Génomique Fonctionnelle, France.

March 21-22, 2018: co-organizer of a two-day seminar on Causality in the Sciences, Chateau Sentout, Bordeaux, France. Plenary speaker: Federica Russo.

 

May 22, 2018: co-organizer of international workshop on “P value and causality”, with Tyler VanderWeele, Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA and Jon Williamson, University of Kent (UK), ISPED, Bordeaux, France.

 

Talks in 2017

  • December 13, 2017, Centre de Biologie Intégrative (Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier), “Pourquoi et comment pratiquer la philosophie dans les sciences?” Invited by Marie-Christine MIQUEL (MiNDING team, CRCA).
  • October 26, 2017, Séminaire des “Jeudis de l’Histoire et de la Philosophie des Sciences”, Ecole normale supérieure de Paris-Ulm: “La philosophie peut-elle vraiment être utile à la science? Invited by Michel Morange.
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  • October 10-11, 2017, First Bordeaux-Geneva Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland: “Why is immunology essential to biological individuality?” Workshop organized by Marcel Weber and Derek Skillings.
  • October 5, 2017, Centre de Physiopathologie de Toulouse Purpan, Toulouse, France: “The immune system and the unification of the organism”, invited by Roland Liblau.
  • June 28, 2017, Colloque Interdisciplinarité, U. Bordeaux, Victoire: “Faire de la philosophie dans les sciences : un exemple d’interdisciplinarité dans le laboratoire ImmunoConcept à Bordeaux”. Organized by Cédric Brun (U. Bordeaux, SPH), Antoine Roger (Sciences Po. Bordeaux, CED), Pascal Ragouet (U. Bordeaux, CED) & Charlotte Brives (CNRS, CED).
  • June 19, 2017, NutriNeuro, Bordeaux, France: “The self as an ecosystem: The dialogue between the microbiota and immunity in the construction of the individual”, invited by Sophie Layé.

 

  • May 5, 2017, Toxalim, INRA, Toulouse, “Le soi comme écosystème : le dialogue entre microbiote et immunité dans la construction de l’individu”, invited by Muriel Mercier-Bonin.
  • April 21, 2017, CABD(Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo), Seville, Spain: “Immunity and Individuality: An Instance of Philosophy in Science”. Invited by Nacho Maseo.
  • March 13-15, 2017, Journées en l’honneur de Jean Gayon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Paris, France: “Jean Gayon, l’histoire, la philosophie et la biologie : Une synthèse moderne” (“Jean Gayon, history, philosophy and biology: a modern synthesis”)
  • February 10, 2017, O21/s’Orienter au XXIe siècle, Rocher de Palmer, Cenon, participation au débat : “Tous les métiers transformés par le numérique… Vraiment ?”
  • February 2, 2017, 10th Congress of the EAHAD (European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders), Paris: “After the danger theory, is the discontinuity theory the next paradigm to understand the immune response?”

 

Conferences/Workshops organized or co-organized in 2017

  • May 17, 2017, NeuroFrance, Bordeaux, France. Duhem Lectures of the Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS): “Dialogue between a philosopher and a neuroscientist: What will/should a neuroscience of emotion look like?”, with Ralph Adolphs (Caltech) and Daniel Andler (Paris-Sorbonne & ENS), organized by T. Pradeu.
  • April 10-11, 2017, Second Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop in Philosophy of Biology, Pey-Berland, Bordeaux, France. Workshop topic: “Biological Identity: Robustness, Organisation, and the Microbiota”. Organized by Leonardo Bich; Arantza Etxeberria & Thomas Pradeu.

 

In 2016:

 

  • September 26, 2016, Campus IFOM-IEO, Milan, Italy: “What is an Individual? Immunology, the Microbiota, and the Discontinuity Theory”. Invited by Maria Rescigno & Mattia Andreoletti.
  • September 16, 2016, Université de Bordeaux, France: co-organizer, with Lucie Laplane, of the international workshop “Cancer & Evolution“. 7 speakers. Talk on “Immunoediting & Cancer Evolution”, in collaboration with Dorothée Duluc.

 

  • June 2-3, 2016, Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK: “Animalism & Identity: Confronting the Biological Approach with Biology” (in collaboration with Adam Ferner), invited by Anne Sophie Meincke (Exeter) & John Dupré (Exeter), international conference “Biological Identity“, 14 speakers.

 

 

  • April 28, 2016: Paris, France, IHPST: co-organizer, with Lucie Laplane, of the international workshop “Philosophy & Cancer“. 10 speakers.

 

  • April 13, 2016: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, invited by Pedro Hernandez: “Are we all ecosystems? Host-symbiont interactions, development, and immunity”. Video of the talk.
  • April 7, 2016: Bordeaux, Institut de Chimie & Biologie des Membranes & des Nano-objets (CBMN): “Are We All Microorganisms? Ecosystemic individuality & the unifying role of the immune system” (Annual scientific meeting of the CBMN), invited by Véronique Trézéguet.

 

  • March 30, 2016, Université de Perpignan: “The applicability of the discontinuity theory of immunity to plants and invertebrates”, invitation Benjamin Gourbal, International workshop “Innate immune memory in invertebrates“. 9 speakers.

 

  • March 25, 2016, Oncopôle, Toulouse, France: “Thérapeutique et cancer : une approche philosophique “. Cancer Research Center of Toulouse. Invited by Mary Poupot.

 

 

  • Feb 5, 2016: Dijon, France, UMR Biogéosciences, invitation Thierry Rigaud: “Host-symbiont interactions in the development of organisms across phyla:  Ecosystemic individuality and the unifying role of the immune system”.
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  • Jan 28, 2016: Munich, LMU, Institute for Immunology, Germany, invitation Reinhardt Obst: “The discontinuity theory of immunity: A philosopher’s view on the dynamics of the immune system”.
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  • Jan 15, 2016: INRA Jouy-en-Josas, MICALIS (microbiota group), France, invitation Muriel Thomas: “Host-symbiont interactions in the development of organisms across phyla:  Ecosystemic individuality and the unifying role of the immune system”.

 

 

In 2015:

  • December 16-18, 2015: New Trends in the Metaphysics of Sciences, Paris, France. Organized by Max Kistler and Emile Thalabard. Talk Alexandre Guay and Thomas Pradeu, “Situating Metaphysics of Science”.
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  • November 19-20, 2015: Symbiosis meeting, Egenis, Exeter, UK: “Host-symbiont interactions in the development of organisms across phyla:  Ecosystemic individuality and the unifying role of the immune system”.
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  • November 5-6, 2015: Journées Cancéropôle du Grand Sud-Ouest, Bordeaux : “Thérapeutique et cancer, une approche philosophique.”
  • September 23-26, 2015: Meeting of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), Düsseldorf, Germany. Alexandre Guay and Thomas Pradeu, “Situating Metaphysics of Science: Back to Square One.” Part of the session “Science within metaphysics and metaphysics within science: Articulating the relationship between metaphysics of science and traditional metaphysics.” Speakers: Helen Beebee, Steven French, Alyssa Ney, Alexandre Guay & Thomas Pradeu.

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  • September 10, 2015: VIROTEAM, Marseille, France: “Sommes-nous tous des micro-organismes?”
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  • July 5-10, 2015: organizer of the session “Ecological Approaches to Organismal Development”, Meeting of the ISHPSSB, Montreal, Canada.

Participants: Ehab Abouheif (McGill University), Scott Gilbert (Swarthmore College, USA & University of Helsinki), Thomas Pradeu (CNRS & University of Bordeaux), and Karine Prévot (Paris-Ouest Nanterre University). This session is organized in coordination with the session “Physical Science Approaches to Organismal Development” (co-organized by Alan Love and Bill Wimsatt; Participants: Karl Niklas (Cornell University), Robert Batterman (University of Pittsburgh), Alan C. Love (University of Minnesota), Laura Nilson (McGill University)), under the general heading “Alternative Explanatory Approaches to Organismal Development“.

 


  • June 16-17, 2015: co-organizer (with Adam Ferner) of the international conference “Organic Individuals”, Paris-Sorbonne University, Amphi. Guizot.

  • June 1, 2015: Disputatio avec Francis Wolff, Lundis de la Philosophie, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

 


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  • May 19, 2015: Exposé Rectorat Académie de Rouen, destiné aux professeurs de SVT de l’Académie : Identité et tolérance en immunologie (Identity and Tolerance in Immunology).
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  • March 19, 2015: “Entre gènes et environnement : Expliquer le développement biologique”, CIRID, Bordeaux University.

 



 

In 2014:

  • December 8, 2014: Individu biologique, Club PhilBioMed, IHPST, Paris. Debate with Philippe Huneman and Matteo Mossio.

  • December 4, 2014: “L’organisme est-il un individu ou une communauté?”. Colloque de la FR “TransBioMed” (Bordeaux).


  • November 6-9, 2014: Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), Chicago, IL, USA. Chairing of a session organized by Maureen O’Malley on ‘Complex Life Cycles, Reproduction and Evolution’, with Peter Godfrey-Smith, Matthew Herron, Maureen O’Malley and James Griesemer.

  • November 3, 2014: talk (in French) in the Paris 2nd-year Master Program in Immunology, Paris-Diderot University, France (invited by Mireille Viguier): ‘Quelle théorie pour l’immunologie?’

  • October 24, 2014: talk (in French) at the Institut Jacques Monod (invited by Giuseppe Baldacci & Mireille Viguier), Paris, France: ‘L’identité biologique : une réalité composite’.

  • October 20, 2014: talk (in French) at the “Lundis de la Philosophie” (Francis Wolff), Ecole normale supérieure de Paris, France: ‘Construire le dialogue entre sciences et métaphysique : L’exemple de la notion d’individu en biologie’.

  • September 9-10, 2014: Explaining Development, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Venice. This workshop is co-organized by Alessandro Minelli (Padova) and Thomas Pradeu. It gathers development biologists, evo-devo people and philosophers, to address the question of how to best explain developmental processes.

  • June 23-24, 2014: Redefining the Self: Biological and Philosophical Perspectives, Paris-Sorbonne University, amphi. Richelieu, June 23-24 (co-organized with Hugues Bersini, Marc Daëron, Leïla Périé and Véronique Thomas-Vaslin). This conference gathered world-leading immunologists, microbiologists and philosophers, for a common critical examination of the notions of self, nonself, identity, individuality and uniqueness in current biological sciences.

In 2013:

  • Co-organization (with Alexandre Manafu, Alexandre Guay and Max Kistler) of a conference on individuals in the metaphysics of science (ANR “Métaphysique des sciences”) (IHPST, Paris, November 18-19, 2013)
  • Présentation “Quelle théorie pour l’immunologie?” devant les étudiants de M2 Immunologie des Universités Paris 5, 6 et 7 (4 Novembre 2013)
  • Co-organization (with Evelyn Houliston, UPMC) of the meeting What is development? A dialogue between biologists and philosophers (Station marine de Villefranche-sur-Mer, Sept 4-5, 2013)
  • Organization of the 2013 meetingof the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) (co-chair of the program committee with Michel Morange) (Montpellier, July 7-12, 2013)
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  • Organization of the conferenceThere won’t be blood: a dialogue on human cooperation, a dialogue between philosopher Kim Sterelny and psychologist Michael Tomasello (Paris-Sorbonne University, June 27, 2013)
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In 2012:

  • Emergence in science / L’émergence dans les sciencesProgramme(Univ. Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, Dec 11, 2012)
  • Situating Metaphysics of Science: Back to Square One (Univ. Roma 3, Rome, Nov 6, 2012)
  • To be continued: The genidentity of physical and biological processes (with A. Guay) (Conference Individual across sciences: A revisionary metaphysics?, org. A. Guay & T. Pradeu, Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, May 18-20, 2012)

 

  • “Situating Metaphysics of Science: Back to Square One” (with A. Guay) (Paris, Conference on Metaphysical Knowledge, org. P. Ludwig, F. Drapeau-Contim & T. Pradeu, March 29-31, 2012)
  • “Comment expliquer la réponse immunitaire? Une critique de la théorie du danger” (Marseille, Centre d’immunologie de Marseille Luminy, April 5, 2012)
  • “Théories, modèles et paradigmes en biologie moléculaire : Le cas de l’immunologie” (Marseille, Ecole doctorale Sciences de la vie et de la santé, April 4, 2012)
  • “La construction des normes de la science” (Ecole française de Rome, Rome, March 17, 2012)

 

In 2011:

  • “Constructing the Organism” (American Philosophical Association, invited talk, Dec 29, 2011)
  • Présentation ENS Animal (Dec 2011)
  • Evolution et émergence (Conférence “Emergence : enjeux du réductionnisme en philosophie des sciences“, Bordeaux, Univ. Bordeaux 3, November 10, 2011)