Thursday July 1
12.00 Registration 17.00 Opening (A. Markoπ)
17.30 ZdenÏk Neubauer: The Scandalness of Novelty
18.30 Welcome toast
Friday July 2 morning
9.00 -13.00: Methods and methodology
Chair: Tommi Vehkavaara
9.00 Tommi Vehkavaara: From the motives and methods of biosemiotics to experiential existential naturalism
9.35 Ulrich Krohs: Why semiotic models may have explanatory power in biology - and why economic metaphors may not
10.00 Edwina Taborsky: The Interface as the Key Nodal Site of a Dynamic Semiosis
10.25 Coffee break
10.40 Myrdene Anderson: The who, what, when, where, why, and how of "violence"
11.30 Georg T^pfer: The concept of sign and the concept of function: similarities and differences
11.55 Coffee break
12.10 Toshiyuki Nakajima: Internal entropy and Survivability of Living Systems 1
12.35 Andres Luure: Functions and roles in biosemiotics
Friday July 2 afternoon
15.00 - 19.00: Past and future
Chair: Torsten R,ting
Starting from Uexk,ll
15.00 Torsten R,ting: History of Biology and Uexk,ll's Biology as Ethics for Investigators of Life
15.25 Han-liang Chang: The "Philological Understanding" of Jakob von Uexk,ll
15.50 Coffee break
Along historical paths
16.05 Jui-Pi Chien: Baron Uexk,ll's French Connections - Georges Canguilhem, etc.
16.20 Mads Vestergaard: Life, difference and biosemiotics (Henri Bergson)
17.05 Coffee break
To future Projects
17.20 Kalevi Kull: Biology of Sympathy
17.35 Andreas Weber: The Wake of Consilience Produces Monsters. Evolutionary Psychology, Social Construction, and a Biosemiotic Proposal for Symmetry
17.50 João Queiroz & Charbel Niño El-Hani: On the emergence of semiosis: toward a multi-level hierarchical approach
18.05 Kaie Kotov: Media and the human Umwelt: Where does cultural semiotics stand?
18.20 Jose Wagner Garcia, Fernando Pellon de Miranda, et.al: COGNITUS Project
Saturday July 3 morning
9.00 - 12.00 Life as a dialogue with the world
Chair: Aleksei Turovski
09:00 Aleksei Turovski" The signs as arguments in Dialogical network of Animals Associations 09:45 Mette B^ll: Social is Emotional
10:05 Tobias Cheung: Merleau-Ponty and The Primacy of Perception
10:25 Stephen Pain: Ants in the Pants of the Cognitive Scientist: Biorethorics and Ants
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Dario Martinelli: A Whale of a Sonata. Organisation and form in Zoomusicological Structures
11:20 João Queiroz et al.: The Emergence of referential symbolic process in non-human Primates: a Semiotic analysis based on C.S.Peirce's extended theory of Sign
11.40 Cornelius Steckner: Environmental misfit in vision and grasp
Film: "Life as a dialogue with the world"
Saturday July 3 afternoon
14.00 Semiotics of the countryside; "ecosemiotics"
Excursion to the outskirts of Prague, ending with a dinner - with 1-2 lectures and a discussion in the pub.
Guides: Ivan Hor⋅Ëek and V⋅clav
Sunday July 4 morning
9.00 - 13.00: Information and meaning in biology
Mini-symposium acknowledging 100th anniversary from the birth of Gregory Bateson. Chair: Peter Harries-Jones
9.00 Peter Harries-Jones: Gregory Bateson, Abduction, and Ecosystem Communication
9.35 Don Favareau: Making the differences that make a difference: The evolutionary and ontogenetic creation of iconicity Discussion
10.00 Coffee break
10.15 Charbel Niño El-Hani & Claus Emmeche: A biosemiotic analysis of the gene concept Discussion
10.45 Jesper Hoffmeyer: From Things to Relations
11.15 Søren Brier: What is the pattern that connects? Bateson in Cybersemiotic perspective Discussion.
Sunday July 4 afternoon
15.00 - 19.00: Organism and ontogeny
Chair: Lenny Moss
15:00 L. Moss 15:30 Andreas Weber: Molecular intentionality: Robust embryological networks and "autonomous agents"
15:55 M. Mia Krause, Ala Trusina and Kim Sneppen: Adaptation, differentiation and aging modeled as a dynamical network process
16:15 Coffee break
16:30 Alexei A. Oskolski: Narrative on "biological sense": an actant model
16:55 Thierry Bardini: Mapping Metaphors of Junk DNA
17:20 Karel Kleisner: GENES - MEMES - SEMES. Towards the new concept of mimicry
17:45 Coffee break
18:00 Ji=Ì Neustupa: Geometric morphometrics - a promise of structuralistic morphology for the science of life
18:20 Luis Emilio Bruni: Signal transduction and categorial perception
18:40 - 19:00 M. Mehmet Ozansoy, Yagmur Denizhan: Disease as Semiotic Misinterpretation. A Model Study: Parkinson's Disease
Monday July 5 morning
9.00 - 13.00: Information and ontogeny
Chair: Marcello Barbieri
9.00 Marcello Barbieri: Steps in the history of life. Information, meaning, interpretation and signs 9.35 Fatima CvrËkov⋅, Anton Markoπ: Beyond bioinformatics: can similarity be measured objectively in the digital world?
10.00 Alexei Sharov: Why biosemiotic systems are hierarchical?
10.25 Coffee break
10.40 Almo Farina: Eco-field versus habitat: Shifting a paradigm in developing a cognitive ecology
11.05 Olaf Breidbach: Internal Representations - A Prelude for Neurosemantics
11.30 Vefa Karatay, Yagmur Denizhan: Semiotics of individuation and individuation of signs
11.55 Coffee break
12.10 Wolfgang Hofkirchner: Cognition, communication, and co-operation in living systems 12.35 G,nther Witzany: From biosphere to semiosphere to social lifeworlds. Biology as hermeneutical social science
Monday July 5 afternoon
15.00 - 18.00 Agora - discussion forum