Copenhagen May 24 - 27, 2001
Gatherings in Biosemiotics
intend to establish a regular
framework for discussions of biosemiotics
in the context of
biology. Gatherings in Biosemiotics
will be international annual meetings for
scholarly exchange of ideas and views in semiotic biology. Denmark and
Estonia will alternate as hosts for these meetings. The conference language
will be English. This is the first
During the final decade of the century we
just left behind, biosemiotics grew from being an idea inside the
heads of a few (semioticians, theoretical biologists, ethologists ..)
to becoming a more widely recognized perspective for the study of the
"signs of life" as well as the "life of
signs". Due to its unifying vision biosemiotics has obvious
implications for a diversity of separate fields inside physics,
biology, medicine, psychology, anthropology, semiotics, and philosophy
as well as cross-disciplinary research programs such as cognitive
science, artificial life or autonomous agents. Biosemiotic analysis
may also offer interesting new ways of evaluating biological
technology. On the other hand, biosemiotics may be seen as a
fundamental new approach to theoretical biology.
Biosemiotics has been on the agenda of many
, and the 1990s also saw a couple of
devoted to biosemiotics proper. Until now however
biosemiotics has not yet been the prime focus for any regular
international activity, but rather has hitchhiked on other
initiatives. This may well be a fruitful way of establishing such a
new field of research, helping it to hinder premature fossilisation.
But the need for a more focused platform for the discussion of
biosemiotics as a biologically grounded domain of study nevertheless
makes itself increasingly felt.
Since this is the first meeting of the kind we try to organize it in an
framework. We will have sessions touching on major themes of biological
theory. Also, since this is a pilot balloon, we try to do it independently
of funding and thus we have no invited speakers.
We have received over 30 paper proposals
from the specialists
of Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Italy, Norway,
Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, USA. Thus, we predict that
many of world leading biosemioticians will attend this meeting.
abstracts are available here
. Please take a look to the program
The meeting will take place at the
Institute for Molecular Biology, Øster Farimagsgade 2A, Room P
Lunch and Coffee will be in the
Get-together-reception Thursday (May 24) 6 p.m. at
Søjlehallen, Department for Biological Chemistry, Sølvgade 83. See
A good three star hotel close to location is Ibsens Hotel, tel.
3313 1913. A single room costs
850-950 DKKr per night (1 DKKr. = appr. 0.26 DDM).
Abstracts should be delivered (e-mailed) to
Jesper Hoffmeyer, at
. The first deadline was March 15,
however, the registration and abstract proposals may be accepted also after this
The registration fee is 200 DKKr (may be paid at the place; includes coffee
and lunch; dinner is on your own).
Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen
University of Tartu
CPNSS, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
See also Imatra meeting - Semiotics of
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