Deadline for the abstract submission: 20 February.
It is difficult to image an analysis of contemporary societies without referring to the occurring technological changes. The problem of how technologies function in societies and the relation between them is a complex one. We propose a broad definition of technologies as various mechanisms, schemes, algorithms, devices and organizational arrangements that mediate people’s interactions. We take Bruno Latour’s definition of "technology as society made durable" as a point of departure.
The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems.
Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals. First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be used to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second, biomimetic technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient solutions to unsolved challenges in science and engineering. Biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological component—an existing living system—and at least one artificial, newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity.
In cooperation with the NSF Center for Science of Information (CSoI), Info-Metrics will sponsor up to (potentially) 12 PhD (post graduate) students and Affiliates for participating in the 2013 Science of Information Summer School on Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - Friday, June 07, 2013, at Purdue University. For more information on this 3-day program see:
The workshop is the mid-term event within a three-year research project funded by the DFG on Models of information search: A theoretical and empirical synthesis. The project is part of the wider DFG Priority ProgramNew frameworks of rationality (SSP 1516), launched in 2010 to promote the collaboration between psychologists, philosophers and other related research communities towards an integrated approach to the study of human rationality. The meeting is free to attend and will take place in the Statistics Seminar Room, Ludwigstrasse 31/33, first floor.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its fellowships for early career researchers. The scheme provides salary and associated costs for periods of six months to two years, to enable an individual researcher to work on a specified research project or programme. The early career route aims to support the career development of researchers and provide them with experience and mentoring.
28th - 31st October 2013 Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris.
We are happy to announce that the 2nd International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC 2013) will take place from the 28th to the 31st of October 2013 at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris (France). The birth of the computing and its sciences has often been the topic of philosophical and historical reflection. The HaPoC-conferences have decided to bring together the historical and the philosophical viewpoints. They want to create an environment for a true interdisciplinary convergence around computer science, reenforcing research on the science(s) of computing and its history and stimulating a theoretical dialogue between these domains. To furter this dialogue HaPoC has chosen to have no parallel sessions.
The European Masters Programme in Society, Science and Technology (ESST) is sponsoring an award of 1,000 € for the best undergraduate paper or essay related to Science, Technology and Society (STS). Undergraduates of all fields studying at any European university are eligible to apply.
Papers or essays must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words on any topic that falls under the Science, Technology, Society agenda (for example, from environmental, ICT or innovation policy to the relationship between science, technology and gender) and must be written in English.