Recent presentations

INVITED PRESENTATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND SYMPOSIA

“Imagination Extended and Embodied: Fictional vs. Artifactual Accounts of Modeling”, Institute of Philosophy, University of Bern, Switzerland, November 16, 2017.

“Scientific Representation: Strategies of Compartmentalization in Negotiating the Structuralist-Pragmatist Divide” (with Elena Castellani, University of Florence), Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, October 25, 2017.

“Abstract and Concrete: Fictional and Artifactual Approaches to Modeling” (invited talk), Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, April 6, 2017.

“Models, Fictions and Languages of Science”, Language and Scientific Research: The Role of Language in Basic Science and Applied Science, University of A Coruña, Ferrol Campus, Spain, March 9-10, 2017.

“Models as Experimental Objects: Constructing Synthetic Genetic Circuits” (invited talk), Philosophy Department, University of Vienna, Austria, January 27, 2017.

“Imagination extended and Embedded: Fictional vs. Artefactual Accounts of Models.” Invited talk at the meeting of the Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2, 2016.

“Economic Models as Fictions and Artefacts.” Invited talk at the Centro de Investigación en Epistemología de las Ciencias Económicas (CIECE), University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2, 2016.

“Abstraction, Analogical Reasoning, and Big Data in Modeling Biological Systems.” Workshop on Abstraction, Models and Idealizations in Science Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile, August 29-30, 2016.

“Abstract and Concrete: An Artefactual Account of Models”, Idealizations, Fictions, Values in Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA, May 20-21, 2016.

“Abstraction and Model Construction in Systems Synthetic Biology” (keynote lecture), (Re)Engineering Biology: The Emerging Engineering Paradigm in Biomedical Engineering, Systems Biology, and Synthetic Biology, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, USA, April 15-16, 2016.

“Modelling and Experimentation in the Study of Genetic Circuits” (invited talk), Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, March 10, 2016.

“Artefactual vs. Fictional Accounts of Models” (invited talk), Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, March 8, 2016.

“Small Worlds Variously Embodied: the Material Dimension of Modelling” (keynote lecture), Modelling and Representation: How to Make World(s) with Symbols, The University of Basque Country, San Sebastián, Spain, December 10-12.

“Counterfactual Storytelling and Fictional Modelling: Friedman vs. Tobin on the Causation of Nominal Income”, Economic Fictions and the Methodology of Positive Economics, Boston University, USA, November 13, 2015.

“Synthetic biology: Turning Biology into an Engineering Discipline”, Knowledge Transfer and Its Contexts, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany, September 10-11, 2015.

“What Are the Most Important Societal Challenges of Synthetic Biology?”, Re-Designing Synthetic Biology – Towards a Constructive Critique of a Technoscience”, University of Freiburg, Germany, July 2-3, 2015.

“Two Kinds of Modellers”, Modeling/Modelling symposium, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Great Britain, May 29-30, 2015.

“Modelling and Engineering in the Study of Genetic Networks”, Seminar on Scientific Representation, University of Florence, Italy, May 22, 205.

“Ways of Entering the Biological Organization: Mathematical Representations and Material Agency”, Getting There and Falling Short, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, May 18-20, 2015.

“Modeling, Representing, and Experimenting in the Study of Genetic Circuits”, Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Colloquia, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA, November 21, 2014.

“Modeling/Experimenting: Constructing Synthetic Genetic Circuits” (with Andrea Loettgers), Modeling and Experimenting, University of Geneva, Switzerland, June 27-28, 2014.

“Models and Representation: An Artifactual Approach”, Plenary speech at Triennial Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, June 18-20, 2014.

“Models as Experimental Objects: Mathematical and Synthetic Modeling in the Study of Genetic Circuits”, Modeling and Scientific Explanation, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel, 8-10 June 2014.

“Abstract and Concrete: Towards and Artifactual Theory of Fiction in Science”. Modeling/Modelling symposium, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Great Britain, March 14-15, 2014.

“The Lotka-Volterra Model Revisited” (with Andrea Loettgers), The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland, November 21-22, 2013.
“Fictions and Models in Economic Theorizing”, Counterfactual Reasoning in the Sciences and the Humanities, Université de Genève, Switzerland, July 4-5, 2013.

“Models as Experimental Objects”, Plenary speech at Philosophy of Science in a Forest 2013: The Triannual Conference of The Dutch Society for the Philosophy of Science, Leusden, NL, May 23-25.

“Interdisciplinarity at the Grassroots Level: The Modeling Practice of Synthetic Biology” (with Andrea Loettgers), Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity: Beyond the ‘Two Cultures’ Debate, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, February 1-2, 2013.

”The Problem of Reflexivity and the Possibility of Constructivist Realism”, New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, ESF The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective International Conference, Bertinoro, Italy, October 17-20, 2012.

“Mathematization in Synthetic Biology: Analogies, Templates, and Fictions” (with Andrea Loettgers), Effectiveness of Mathematization symposium, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany, August 9-11, 2012.

“Synthetic Biology: The Combinatorial Modeling Practice” (with Andrea Loettgers). Modeling/Modelling symposium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, February 23-24, 2012.

“Results-Oriented and Methods-Driven: The Contemporary Modeling Practice”, Modeling in Ecology: Does Simple Always Equate to General? And exploratory workshop funded by ESF, London, UK, September 15-16.

“Varieties of Noise: Analogical Reasoning in Systems Biology” (with Andrea Loettgers), ESF Philosophy of Systems Biology Workshop, Aarhuus University, Denmark, August 18-20, 2011.

“The Combinatorial Modeling Strategy of Synthetic Biology” (with Andrea Loettgers), Models, Mechanisms and Algorithms:
Symposium on Philosophical Perspectives on Synthetic Biology, University of Helsinki, Finland, May
2-3, 2011.

“Synthetic Biology and the Functional Meaning of Noise” (with Andrea Loettgers), Interdisciplinary Exchanges as the Object of Philosophical Inquiry, Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, Finland, March 3-4, 2011.

“An Artefactual Approach to Scientific Modeling”, Modeling/Modelling symposium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, January 6-7, 2011.

“Modeling and the Problem of Scientific Representation”, Order of Nature or Matrix of Man – symposium, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, October 15, 2010.
“Comment on Ismo Koponen: Models and Modelling in Physics: From Maxwell to Present Days”, Models in Physics and Cosmology – seminar, Tieteiden talo, Helsinki, September 27-28, 2010.

”Comment on Socio-Cognitive Modelling (Timo Honkela)” Modelling in the Social Sciences: Interdisciplinary Comparison, Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, June 17-18, 2010.

PRESENTATIONS GIVEN IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA

“Definitions of life – why should we care (in astrobiology and elsewhere)?” (with Andrea Loettgers). The Twenty-Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Atlanta, USA, November 3-5, 2016.

“De-Idealization – No Easy “Reversals” (poster presentation with Mary Morgan). The Twenty-Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Atlanta, USA, November 3-5, 2016.

“Imagination Extended and Embedded: An Artefactual Approach to Scientific Fiction”. The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Meeting, Atlanta, USA, November 3-6, 2016.

“What are Structures Good For? From Mapping to Ascription”, (with Elena Castellani and Francesca Pero) 5th Biennial Conference of European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA2015), Duesseldorf, Germany, September 23-26, 2015.

”Representation and Reconceptualization: the role of structures”, (with Elena Castellani and Francesca Pero) 15th International Congress of Logic Methodology and Philosophy of Science, CLMPS. Helsinki, Finland, August 3-8, 2015.

“How to Understand Abstraction in Modeling Complex Systems”, (with Andrea Loettgers) 15th International Congress of Logic Methodology and Philosophy of Science, CLMPS. Helsinki, Finland, August 3-8, 2015.

“Fictional Modeling and Counterfactual Reasoning”, Causality and Modelling in the Sciences, National Distance Education University UNED, Madrid, Spain, June 29-30, 2015.

“Diagrams, Mathematical Models, and Synthetic Models in the Study of Genetic Circuits … (Or, What are Diagrams Not Good For?”, Pictures and Proofs, TRiP Conference, Columbia, SC, USA, 19-21 March, 2015.

“Abstract and Concrete: Towards and Artifactual Theory of Fiction in Science”, The Twenty-Fourth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Chicago, USA, November 6-9, 2014.

“Interdisciplinarity at the Grassroots Level: The Modeling Practice of Synthetic Biology”. Towards Philosophies of Interdisciplinarity, University of Helsinki, Finland, August 27, 2014.

“Concrete Fictions: Synthetic Genetic Circuits in the Study of Biological Organization”, (with Andrea Loettgers), 4th Biennial Conference of European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA2013), University of Helsinki, Finland, August 28-31, 2013.

“Synthetic Modeling and the Mechanistic Account: Material Recombination and Beyond” (with Andrea Loettgers), The Twenty-Third Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, San Diego, USA, November 15-17, 2012.

“Synthetic Modeling and the Mechanistic Account: Material Recombination and Beyond” (with Andrea Loettgers), Models and Simulations 5 conference (MS5 2012), University of Helsinki, Finland, June 14-16, 2012.

“Synthetic Biology and the Functional Meaning of Noise (with Andrea Loettgers), Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Third Biennial Conference, University of Exeter, UK June 22-24, 2011.

“Synthetic Modeling and Functional Meaning of Noise” (with Andrea Loettgers), Epistemology of Modeling & Simulation, University of Pittsburgh, USA, April 1-3, 2011.

“Contradictions of Commercialization: The Norms of Scientific Research Revealed?” The Twenty-Second Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Montreal, Canada, November 4-6, 2010.

“Modeling and Experimenting: The Combinatorial Strategy in Synthetic Biology” (with Andrea Loettgers) Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation: A Challenge to Philosophy of Science. Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA, October 15-17, 2010.