Final ERC Conference on the Microbiota in Bordeaux: Call for abstracts

Recent research has shown that the microbiota can have a major impact on the physiology of the host, and potentially on its health and behavior. This final conference of the ERC-funded project “Immunity, Development, and the Microbiota: Understanding the Continuous Construction of Biological Identity” (P.I.: T. Pradeu) will gather biologists, medical doctors, and philosophers who investigate the nature of the host-microbiota crosstalk and its consequences for our understanding of biological individuality and identity.

Invited speakers

Thomas Bosch (Professor of General Zoology at Kiel University, Germany)
Nadine Cerf-Bensussan (Director of Research INSERM, IMAGINE Institut and University Paris Descartes, France)
Gérard Eberl (Professor of Immunology, Institut Pasteur, France)
Ford Doolittle (Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Halifax, Canada)
John Dupré (Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter, UK),
Scott Gilbert (Professor Emeritus of Developmental Biology at Swarthmore College, USA)
Paul Griffiths (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia)
Rob Knight (Professor at the University of California San Diego, USA; Co-founder of the American Gut Project, the Earth Microbiome Project, and founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation).
Margaret McFall-Ngai (Professor and Director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii-Manoa, USA)
Sarkis K. Mazmanian (Luis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, USA)
Samir Okasha (Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol, UK)
Thomas Pradeu (CNRS Senior Investigator in Philosophy of Science, PI of the ERC IDEM project, CNRS & University of Bordeaux, France)
Joan Roughgarden (Professor of Biology, Emerita, at Stanford University and Adjunct Professor at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii-Manoa, USA)

Call for abstracts
We welcome applications to this conference by philosophers of science and conceptually-oriented scientists and medical doctors at any stage of their careers.
To apply, please submit two separate files:
i) a short CV (2 pages maximum);
ii) a detailed and anonymous abstract (between 300 and 1,000 words, references included).

The material must be sent to:

The deadline for application is: February 7th, 2021.

Decisions will be notified on February 24th, 2021 at the latest.

Fees and financial support
- Attendance to this conference will be free.
- Upon request, financial support will be provided for young researchers selected for a talk (between €200 and €1000 per person).