Quo Vadis Science?

IMG_1311At Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, a series of Lunchtime Meetings on the emerging orientations of scientific research.

Since the academic year 2015/2016, Lunchtime Meetings take place on Fridays h 12:30 – 14:30. Continue reading Quo Vadis Science?

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

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

Robustness in Biological Systems

15531726881_d61f680f97_oAn 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 it deals with different aspects of systems adapting to boundary changes without loosing their functional initial configuration. The concept of robustness is really important to define the organism as it reveals its individuality and persistence, its ability to maintain the initial functional structure through contingent changes, i.e. internal and external perturbations.

The aim of this workshop is to work on the philosophical foundations of the promising concept of robustness, focusing particularly on its relevance in order to characterize the peculiarity of living systems dynamics and relationships. Continue reading Robustness in Biological Systems