Lake of Geneva Biological Interest Group

From the webpage

The Lake Geneva Biological Interest Group is a forum for discussing biology from a multitude of perspectives, including philosophical, scientific and historical, and was founded in 2012 at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva. Our standing members are based in different institutions at the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, and Milan. We consider ourselves to be part of a BIG international movement that includes kindred groups at the University of Minnesota and the University of Exeter.


Weekly meetings

Our meetings take place on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 14:00 in Bâtiment de l'IFAGE in the room IF 401 (19 place des Augustins). We discuss our own research as well as other contemporary philosophical, scientific and historical work that addresses interesting biological issues.

Everyone is welcome!

Conference: "Trusting State, Trusting Science"

Program Autumn Term 2023

  • 26 Sep Luis Bordo Garcia on Piaget’s philosophy of science
  • 3 Oct Marcel Weber, “Mechanisms as complex occurrents”
  • 10 Oct Ben Genta on analogies
  • 17 Oct Nadine Marachly, “Organisms making choices”
  • 24 Oct Caterina Pellò on Pre-Aristotelian theories of sleep
  • 31 Oct Kyryll Khromov on trust in science
  • 14 Nov Luis Bordo Garcia on causality in social network models
  • 21 Nov Jacob Stegenga (Cambridge) on justification and progress
  • 28 Nov Caleb Hazelwood (Duke) on TBA
  • 5 Dec Ben Genta (UC Irvine) on performative models
  • 12 Dec Raphael Scholl on modeling pandemics
  • 19 Dec Pierre-Olivier Méthot (Laval) on infectious disease epidemiology