What we do

We are being contacted for

Companies, institutions and organizations are contacting Bio-Techno-Practice to find concrete orientation tools for making sound decisions, coping with the uncertainty of scientific knowledge and with the complex socio-techno-scientific nature of contemporary problems.

Rooted in a rigorous epistemological appraisal of scientific practice, we work with stakeholders to improve validation and translational processes, especially when involving bio-medical and engineering sciences (examples are in silico clinical trials, biology of robust systems, synthetic systems biology, and knowledge automation).

With our network of scientists and researchers, we are able to set up teams for the development of statistics and experimental models for complex phenomena. By studying and spreading scientific reliability, we respond to the generalized need for new trust towards integrity of science.

The conjugation of philosophical and scientific knowledge with advanced contributions from the humanities allows Bio-Techno-Practice to develop a thick approach, rich of human dimensions including legal, ethical, cultural and social aspects.

We help our partners in understanding and developing an appropriate epistemological and methodological ‘way of thinking’ and daily research management that will help them navigating the new risk dynamics that characterize this particular moment of the history of science and society.

Currently from BTP:

A multidisciplinary view of human hand function and its recovery

A multidisciplinary view of human hand function and its recovery

The Hand: Perception, Cognition, Action edited by Marta Bertolaso and Nicola Di Stefano has been published by Springer. Drawing on shared research[read more]
Will Science Remain Human? Experts Meeting

Will Science Remain Human? Experts Meeting

STI Experts Meetings are meetings with more or less a dozen top scholars from a variety of disciplines who discuss specific[read more]
Quo Vadis Science?

Quo Vadis Science?

At Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, a series of Lunchtime Meetings on the emerging orientations of scientific research. For the academic[read more]

BTP is a Research Empowering Hub, aggregating and coordinating the work of top scholars on specific initiatives: international networking, strongly interdisciplinary workshops, and collective publications, with a high standard of academic scholarship and editorial profile (see the archives below and the ongoing intiatives above).

Future of scientific practiceBTP relies on a renewed philosophy of science recognizing that many constitutive dimensions of the human understanding are simultaneously involved in scientific practice. And, conversely, that human practice shapes the directions of scientific investigation.

Such awareness converges with an urgency of new accounts of scientific practice: new ways of doing science are rapidly emerging, bringing together life sciences and technology, as well as other natural, human and social sciences.

To account for these new kinds of understanding that are emerging in our epoch out from a deep and generalized knowledge crisis, BTP proposes Bio, Techno and Practice as the triple interpretative lens.

Geometry simulation for "The Thread of Red", by artist Paola Grossi Gondi, 2015. See BioTechnoPractice and Paola Grossi Gondi's Thread of Red.
Geometry simulation for “The Thread of Red”, by artist Paola Grossi Gondi, 2015. See BioTechnoPractice and Paola Grossi Gondi’s Thread of Red.

BTP proceeds by identifying a sequence of crucial philosophical issues and questions that are emerging from science, and that inextricably connect Bio, Techno, and Practice, emphasizing their reciprocal differences and interdependencies.

The “hot topics” of science are decomposed and re-composed by means of a radically interdisciplinary methodology. Indeed, internationality and interdisciplinarity are natural and inescapable conditions for the BTP approach.

BTP collaborations

BTP also collaborates as a consultant and co-promoter of:

  • higher training initiatives addressed to future scientists, intellectuals, professors (courses, summer schools, visiting fellowships etc.)
  • home care initiatives, regarding both thecaregivers training and technological education, with a view of the home as an ‘evolving embodied habitat’
  • educational activities on several relational aspects with technology and with the eco-socio-technological environment
  • corporate counseling and training, where the question is on perspectives and new directions for investment and management

A map of BTP’s active collaborations will soon be available here.

BTP Archive:

Call for applications for a temporary research fellowship: Self-on-a-Chip

Call for applications for a temporary research fellowship: Self-on-a-Chip

A public call for applications is issued for the award of 1 temporary research fellowship for research activities within the “Self-on-Chip: A Study of Embodiment in Innovative 3D Cell-Culture Models” project (April 2016 – April 2017). Deadline for applications: August 30,[...]
In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor

In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor

Marta Bertolaso and Miles MacLeod are editors of Issue 30 (April 2016) of Humana.Mente -- Journal of Philosophical Studies, entitled "In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor". The issue reflects on the human dimensions inherent to bio-medical and social applications of in[...]
Self-on-a-Chip: A Study of Embodiment in Innovative 3D Cell-Culture Models

Self-on-a-Chip: A Study of Embodiment in Innovative 3D Cell-Culture Models

A science-philosophy research project funded by the Institute for Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice (FAST) at University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome. Start: April 2016 Duration: 1+1 years Cells-on-chip are in vitro models of biological microenvironments that combine co-culture protocols and microfluidic technologies: they consist in[...]
Robustness in Neurological Systems

Robustness in Neurological Systems

An Interdisciplinary Workshop held on 2015, November 13-15 at the University of Pittsburgh. The brain is the poster child for plasticity in biology. Neurons and networks constantly rebuild themselves in response to the continual and ongoing change in component ion channels[...]
In silico Medicine Workshop

In silico Medicine Workshop

Barcelona, June 3, 2015, h 13:30-18:30. In silico modeling promises to overcome the limitations of the in vitro and in vivo experimental models used to represent human biological systems, but also the limits on our cognitive capacities to store, analyze and represent[...]
Bio-Techno-Logos: The Future of Scientific Practice

Bio-Techno-Logos: The Future of Scientific Practice

The Future of Scientific Practice: ‘Bio-Techno-Logos’ ed. by Marta Bertolaso is an early book-length product of the network that resulted into the Bio-Techno-Practice hub. The collection makes a strong contribution to current debates in the philosophy of science and the changing role of scientific[...]
Robustness – Engineering Science

Robustness – Engineering Science

This Interdisciplinary Workshop was held at University Campus Bio-Medico in Rome, February 5-6, 2015. Is it possible to obtain robustness artificially, or is it a natural property (i.e., is non-living systems robustness distinct from organismic robustness)? Which synthetic models may be[...]
Robustness in Biological Systems

Robustness in Biological Systems

An Interdisciplinary Workshop held at University Campus Bio-Medico in Rome, October 14-15, 2014. With increasing interest in systems biology, properties at the system level such as robustness have attracted relevant scientific research.Robustness is a central concept in physics, chemistry and engineering, as[...]