Diversifying and analysing modeling practices in biology




Aims of the workshop
  • Diversify the types of models you can use for your research
  • Analyse the conceptual basis of your modeling practice
  • Measure the full potential & limits of your models
  • Analyse under which conditions the conclusions of a model are warranted
  • Produce a graphical illustration to improve the communication of your modeling work (graphical abstract)
The training consists of interactive workshops, facilitated by young researchers in biology & philosophy of biology. You will be given the opportunity to work directly on your research project, and implement newly acquired skills to meet your research agenda.
  • 16h of collective interactive workshops & 4h of individual mentoring on your own research activities
  • 2 timeslots free for swimming, surfing, hiking, playing football or getting started with computer assisted music composition...

Examples of sessions
  1. What is the aim of my model? What is its target? What is the distance between the model and what it models?
  2. How many categories of models are there? What would be the most relevant category to describe my model?
  3. Model verification, model validation
  4. Public perception of modeling: how to communicate about your modeling practice to society? How may political controversies influence modeling?
  5. Managing collaborations & funding applications at the interface between experimentation & modeling
  6. Data-driven vs. model-driven experiments
Your trainers
  • Sébastien Dutreuil, trained in Earth Sciences (B.S, M.S.) and philosophy of science (M.S.), Sebastien is doing his PhD in philosophy of biology and of Earth sciences. He has been working on the role and nature of computational models in ecology, in the Earth sciences and in the Gaïa hypothesis. He is the co-editor of a synthetic volume on the epistemology and practices of modeling and simulation.
  • Lucie Laplane, postdoctoral fellow in philosophy of biology at the Gustave Roussy Hospital (Villejuif). She works on stem cells. More precisely, she is interested on the identity/ontology of all kinds of stem cells. She teaches philosophy of biology at Paris Ouest Nanterre University and Paris René Descartes University (CRI). She is also in charge of the organization of the PhilBio seminar at the IHPST (Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University) with Sébastien Dutreuil and Gaëlle Pontarotti. 
  • Arnaud Pocheville, theoretical biologist and philosopher of biology, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh. Arnaud focusses on questioning the  need for new concepts and mathematical approaches in eco­-evolutionary biology to deal with empirical cases that seem to escape current theoretizations.
  • Thomas Julou is currently a postdoc at ETH Zürich. He was trained in ecology & evolutionary biology and did his PhD in microbial ecology. He develops research projects that combine quantitative experiments with models, often in collaboration with theoreticians.
  • Iris de Véricourt, graphic designer and illustrator. She creates communication tools, information graphics and didactical illustrations, on news and science topics. She also animates workshops for adults and kids on pop-up books. She shares her time between freelance and agency activities, including AFP (Agence France Presse).
  • From Atelier des Jours à Venir: Leila Perié & Livio Riboli-Sasco

Practical information
  • Dates: June 12th (14h) - 15th (17h)
  • Place: Bidart, Basque Coast, France
  • Cost :
    • training (lunch & dinners included): 400€ TTC
    • Reduced training fee might be available depending on pending financial support from universities. If you absolutely need a reduced fee, please contact us to request it.
    • accommodation: