Welcome

Welcome on the submission website for the next meeting of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), Montpellier, France, July 7-12, 2013.


Calendar:

Extended deadline: March 7th, 2013, midnight GMT

Initial submission deadline: February 28th, 2013

Notification from the Program Committee: March 31st, 2013


Creating an account:

In order to be able to submit your contribution, you will first need to create an account: please click on “Create account”, then choose a username and a password. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm the creation of your account.

 

Once your account is created and you are logged in, please read very carefully the Instructions for submissions before submitting your abstracts.

 

Instructions for submissions:

 

 

Six possible types of submissions

Please read carefully the following lines before deciding to choose one or the other option. Four of them existed in previous ISH meetings, and two (options 2 and 6) are new.

 

Option 1: Traditional session:

Each participant in a traditional session must submit her/his own abstract.

Maximum length for each abstract: 250 words.

Please do not submit a general abstract describing the whole session ; only individual abstracts are required (the session is simply the sum of the different abstracts).

Total duration of a traditional session: 90 minutes.

In the first line of the "Abstract" box, each participant must indicate the name of the proposed session to which her or his paper belongs, and the names of all the participants involved in this session. For example, if your name is X and together with Y and Z you participate in a session on "The Evolution of Culture", please write: "Session: The Evolution of Culture (X, Y, Z)". This first line should be followed by your abstract itself.

In addition, the organizer of the session (usually one of the participants in the session) must fill in the following form: Traditional session form, and submit it at the Third step of the submission process ("Files").


Note 1: if you want to organize a traditional session without being a speaker in this session (something that we do not encourage), please indicate "No title", "No abstract", etc. in Step 1, fill in your affiliation at Step 2, and finally upload the file of the appropriate form at Step 3.
 
Note 2: double sessions (two times 90 minutes) are allowed, although we hope that they will not be numerous because they create problems of organization.


Option 2: Interdisciplinary session:

We encourage the constitution of interdisciplinary sessions. The procedure for submission is the same as for Option 1. These sessions must correspond to a true interdisciplinary content, which will be underlined by the presence of two chairpersons, coming from different disciplines, and distinct from the lecturers, and the selection of two different themes in the list below.

Each participant in an interdisciplinary session must submit her/his own abstract.

Maximum length for each abstract: 250 words. 

Please do not submit a general abstract describing the whole session ; only individual abstracts are required (the session is simply the sum of the different abstracts).

Total duration of an interdisciplinary session: 90 minutes.

In the first line of the "Abstract" box, each participant must indicate the name of the proposed session to which her or his paper belongs, and the names of all the participants involved in this session. For example, if your name is X and together with Y and Z you participate in a session on "Biological and Philosophical Perspectives on Synthetic Biology", please write: "Session: Biological and Philosophical Perspectives on Synthetic Biology (X, Y, Z)". This first line should be followed by your abstract itself.

In addition, the organizer of the session (usually one of the participants in the session) must fill in the following form: Interdisciplinary session form, and submit it at the Third step of the submission process ("Files").

Note 1: if you want to organize an interdisciplinary session without being a speaker in this session (something that we do not encourage), please indicate "No title", "No abstract", etc. in Step 1, fill in your affiliation at Step 2, and finally upload the file of the appropriate form at Step 3.
 
Note 2: double sessions (two times 90 minutes) are allowed, although we hope that they will not be numerous because they create problems of organization.

 

Option 3: Poster:

You submit an individual abstract for a poster session that will take place on Monday 8, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The ISHPSSB recommends this option that permits rich discussions.

Maximum length for a poster abstract: 250 words.

 

Option 4: Individual paper:

You submit an individual abstract for an oral presentation. The program committee will put individual papers together in order to constitute sessions of three or four participants, after consulting them. There will be a clear distinction between the self-organized sessions, and these “externally-organized” sessions. The spirit of ISH tells us that the result of self-organization is always superior to the result of an organizational process constrained from outside.

The total duration for each session will be 90 minutes.

Maximum length for paper abstract: 250 words.

In the "Comments" section, you must indicate the theme of your paper, chosen in the list below (please note that this step is mandatory). This will help us to gather individual papers into sessions.

 

Option 5: Round Table:

You can also submit a proposal for a round table. The submission is made by the organizer (and not by each participant). The organizer of the round table must provide the title of the round table and an abstract In addition, she or he must fill in the Round Table form.

Maximum length for the abstract of a round table: 250 words.
Total duration of a round table: 90 minutes.

We have already preselected a certain number of issues and speakers for round tables, on themes that seemed to us to particularly deserve a discussion. But we expect from you other, new and unexpected propositions!

 

Option 6: Dialogue:

Finally, we have decided to create a new type of sessions, named “Dialogue.” Two speakers, having previously written or lectured on the same issue, but having reached different conclusions, will each be assigned 25 minutes to present their ideas. They will debate for 10 minutes, and discuss with the audience for 30 minutes (for a total duration of 90 minutes). We encourage the participants in a Dialogue to choose a “strong” moderator as a chairperson.

A Dialogue should be submitted by the organizer (who may but need not be one of the participants, but cannot be the moderator/chairperson). The organizer must give a title and an abstract. In addition, she or he must fill in the Dialogue form.

Maximum length for the abstract of a dialogue: 250 words.
Total duration of a dialogue: 90 minutes.

We have already contacted some people for these Dialogues, to provide some examples of what we expect. All additional propositions are welcome. An order of magnitude for the total number of these dialogues would be about 10, though this number is obviously flexible.

 

Rules

We have fixed quite rigid rules to avoid that some people participate in too many sessions. Thus, each participant has two tokens:

-       One allows her or him to give a talk in a session, or to participate in a Dialogue, or to present a poster.

-       The second token allows her or him to participate in a Round Table, or to be a chairperson, or to be a respondent or a commentator or to be the moderator of a Dialogue.

-       No additional tokens will be provided!

(Thus, for example, a same person can give a talk in a session and participate in a Round Table, but cannot in addition chair a session.)

 

 

List of themes:

- Anthropology

- Cellular and Molecular Biology: Historical and Philosophical Approaches

- Development and Evo-devo

- Ethical and bioethical issues

- Evolutionary Biology: Origin, and early developments

- Evolutionary Biology: The Modern Synthesis

- Evolutionary Biology: The recent challenges

- Evolutionary Biology: Theoretical and conceptual issues (e.g. definition of Darwinian processes, levels of selection, etc.)

- Evolutionary Biology: Cooperation, altruism, evolution and economy

- Evolutionary Psychology

- Functions and Mechanisms

- Gender Studies

- Historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives on:

- Ecology

- Epigenetics

- Origins of life, minimal life

- History of Genetics

- Neurosciences and cognitive sciences: scientific, social, and philosophical issues

- The “organism” problem

- Public Health issues, and their social dimensions

- Reductionism, antireductionism, emergence

- The “species” problem

- Systematics and classification

- Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology and Genomics

- Teaching Biology

- Others

 

Once you have read the instructions above, please click on “New submission” in order to submit your abstract. Thank you for participating in this meeting!

   
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