Programme for Gatherings in Biosemiotics 3

Copenhagen July 11 - 14, 2003


18.30 - 20.30:         Registration and Get-together reception

at "Søjlehallen", in the Institute of Molecular Biology's Department of Biological Chemistry, Sølvgade 83, "opgang H" (entrance H), 1. floor to the right. (see the map here)


List of abstracts here.
All sessions take place at The Botanical Institute, Gothersgade 140 (see map)


8.30 - 9.00: Registration

9.00 - 10.30:         Sign action in biosystems
(chair: Jesper Hoffmeyer)

Mogens Kilstrup: Substructures in the Peircean sign triad.

Mia Krause: Biological Aging and Death in a Peircean Perspective

Jorge de Barros Pires & José Wagner Garcia: A new leucine zipper conduct in response of microgravity.


11.00 - 12.30:         Sign, Meaning, and Codes
(chair: Luis Bruni)

Marcello Barbieri: The definitions of information and meaning - two possible boundaries between physics and biology

László Hajnal: A new model for biology?

Anton Markos and Fatima Cvrãková: What does meaning mean?


14.00 - 15.30:         Ethology and cognitive zoosemiotics
(chair: Søren Brier)

Mette Böll: The evolution of empathy in social systems, part II

Dario Martinelli: 40 years of animal signs. Old and new questions posed by the zoosemiotic research

Kim Rasmussen: Are Cognitive Ethology and Classical Ethology mutually exclusive?


16.00 - 17.30:         Towards an understanding of the Innenwelten of life
(chair: Mia Krause)

Filip Grygar: Hermeneutic approach to the phenomenon of the living

Toshiyuki Nakajima: Cognitive processes of constructing internal models of the environment

Claus Emmeche and Frederik Stjernfelt: Sign action and emergent intentionality in bacterial chemotaxis.


9.00 - 10.30         Representational tools and theories
(chair: Frederik Stjernfelt)

Georg Toepfer: Representing Life: Graphical Models for the Fundamental Processes of Life

Christophe Menant: Evolution of meaningful information generation through the evolution of life.

Vefa Karatay, Yagmur Denizhan: Relation between Evolution and Development: A Metasystemic Approach


11.00 - 12.30:         Semiosis beyond biology
(chair: Kalevi Kull)

Peder Voetmann Christiansen: Energy-bond-graphs - a semiotic formalization of modern physics.

Edwina Taborsky: Interpretive Symmetry: The Semiotic Measurement and Formation of Reality

Alfred Lang: From Peircean Interpretative to Generative Semiotic: Structure Formation and Interaction in Life, Psyche, and Culture as Conceived in Semiotic Ecology.


14.00 - 15.30         Foundational perspectives
(chair: Anton Markos)

Søren Brier: Similarities and differences between Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoiesis, and Biosemiotics

Kalevi Kull: Organic needs, and other problems in biosemiotics.

Andres Luure: Causality and functionality: metaphysics and semiotics.


16.00 - 17.00         (session continued)

Myrdene Anderson: Plumbing biosemiotics for chords of fundamentals

General discussion.


9.00 - 10.30:         Uexküllian and Peircean perspectives (1)
(chair: Don Favareau)

Han-liang Chang: Notes towards a Semiotics of Parasitism.

Torsten Rüting: Uexkülls "Institut für Umweltforschung" - Biosemiotics in action?

Juipi Angelina Chien: Diagramming as a Convergence of C.S. Peirce, Jakob von Uexküll, and E. Gombrich


11.00 - 12.30:         Uexküllian and Peircean perspectives (2)
(chair: Myrdene Anderson)

Stacey E. Ake: "Homo semeiosis"--A guess at the riddle of the evolution of human language

Mads Vestergaard: The Impossibility of Biological Physicalism and the Necessity of the Biosemiotic Turn

Stephen Pain: What is the meaning of pheromone to a moth?


14.00 - 15.30         The biosemiotics of values
(chair: Mette Böll)

Donald F. Favareau: Biosemiotic Constructivism and the Ethics of Irreversibility

Tommi Vehkavaara: Biosemiotics as objective ethics and esthetics?

Christian Baron: Scientific Values and Biosemiotics


16.00 - 17.30         The emergence of symbols and culture
(chair: Edwina Taborsky)

Peter Harries-Jones: No Representamen Without Misrepresentamen: Bateson, Boundaries and Biosemiotics.

Adam Skibinski: Time-binding or cumulative cultural evolution or second-order code-duality or self-coding or can we have one biosemiotic explanation how we became humans?

João Queiroz, Ivan de Araújo, and Sidarta Ribeiro: The emergence of referential symbolic process in non-human primates communication: a zoosemiotic analysis based on the Peircean extended theory of sign


 9.00 - 14.00
Biosemiotics meets Novozymes  (
(chair: Claus Emmeche)
 9.00 (sharp)
Departure from Copenhagen by bus to Novozymes.
 9.28 (sharp)
Welcome (building 8X, auditorium Øst)
 9.30 - 10.10
Lene Lange: Novozymes' technologies - unlocking the Magic of Nature
10.10 - 10.50
Thomas Schou Larsen: Coping with Complexity - a Bioinformatics perspective
10.50 - 11.20
Mikako Sasa: From Natural Diversity to Enzyme Diversity
11.20 - 12.10
Team A: Tour of robot facilities (Steffen Ernst)     Team B: Lunch
12.10 - 13.00
Team B: Tour of robot facilities (Steffen Ernst).     Team A: Lunch
13.00 - 13.30
Jesper Hoffmeyer: The Ecosemiotic Turn in Technology
13.30 - 14.00
Luis Bruni: Virulence and health in multitrophic systems. A case for Biosemiotic Technology.


14.00 - 16.00
Excursion to a famous "ecosemiotic experiment"
in the middle of København.


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