March 26, 2008
|The programme of the 2008 symposium has been announced !
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The following two interdisciplinary themes will provide the vehicle to experiment with dialogue between the disciplines and explore how it can be improved. The dialogue will be moderated by Edward O. Wilson :
1. Collaborative Behaviour, Altruism & Conflict:
From animal behaviour to economics and prevention of violence, (with the participation of Raghavendra Gadagkar, Frans de Waal and Karen Cook).
2. Collective network knowledge & human individual intelligence:
Convergences and divergences, (with the participation of Wendy Hall and Pierre Lévy).
Two keynote lectures, by Nobel laureates, Sir John Sulston and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, on the relationships between knowledge, scientific enterprise and responsibility will encourage participants to frame their own contributions in terms of the following question: Does a knowledgeable person have additional responsibilities in the 21st century?
Personalities who will contribute to the debate as presenters, round table participants, or session chairs include; Koji Omi, Richard Ernst, Paul Boghossian, Ruth Dreifuss, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Geoffrey West, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa and Ulrike Felt.
Presentations by Joël de Rosnay and Hubert Reeves are scheduled for early evening sessions that will extend the opportunity for dialogue to the general public.
Check for programme details here :
We remind you that a call for Abstracts has been announced: Submit an Abstract and Join the Dialogue !
Contributions are welcomed from any field of the humanities, social sciences, natural and technical sciences. They should be aimed at encouraging and supporting debate between representatives from these diverse fields during (and after) the Symposium.
To be considered for selection, abstracts should be relevant to either:
||A) Research and education in interdisciplinarity
||B) Research and education in the scope of one of the 2008 symposium’s central themes (see below)
SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT
DEADLINE: May 30, 2008
“Young Scientists Programme”
Within the context of the “Young Scientists Programme”, a substantial number of travel grants and reduced registration fees are available to promising young researchers and educators in all disciplines. The recipients will receive mentoring from senor scientists and will be expected to carry out such tasks as;
- leading small groups within the different workshops;
- supporting our scientist in residence, Ed Wilson, in his analysis and synthesising tasks (reports on discussions, analysis of the dialogue, preparation of final statement,…) ;
- provision of online reports and comments (blogs, dialogue analysis,…)
“Young Scientists” attending the 2008 World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium are eligible for reimbursement of travel costs (overseas, up to 1'000 CHF, Europe, up to 500 CHF) and will be charged a reduced registration fee of 400 CHF. Applicants to the Young Scientist Programme from Swiss Institutions are not eligible for reimbursement of travel costs, but will be charged a registration fee of only 200 CHF.
To be eligible for selection, applicants must be be less then 42 years old and should submit a short statement (200-400 words) that summarises their ongoing or recently submitted research projects, and elaborates on their concept of dialogue between natural sciences and humanities.