International Conference 

“Evaluating Biodiversity”

2015 June 22-23

Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Fondamenti, Università di Urbino

Aula Magna, Collegio Raffaello

Palazzo Legato Albani, Piazza della Repubblica, 13

Description. Since its appearance in 1986 in the United States, the term "biodiversity" spread at the rate of an invasive species. On the one hand, the use of the term has been criticized because it conveys a non genuinely scientific notion; on the other hand, the need of conserving biodiversity is seen as an imperative. The multifaceted, and problematic, nature of the term gave rise to different types of discourses, involving multiple disciplines. To these discourses, and in particular those concerning the economic worth of biodiversity, its scientific assessment, and its ethical and aesthetical significance, is devoted this conference. The approach is interdisciplinary, encouraging dialogue among scholars coming from the philosophy of science, biology, ecology, ethics, political science, as well as artists and food specialists. The conference aims at being accessible also to non-experts.


June 22

09.15- 09.45, Elena Casetta (University of Lisbon, PT / LabOnt, IT)

        Introduction. Biodiversity and its discourses

09.45 – 10.30, Marco Nathan (University of Denver, CO, USA)

        Is biodiversity a truly interdisciplinary field?

10.30 – 11.15, Julien Delord (IHPST (CNRS/ Université Paris 1 Sorbonne), FR)

        Biodiversity: a concept without theory?

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.15 Philippe Huneman (IHPST (CNRS/ Université Paris 1 Sorbonne), FR)

        Between explanans and explanandum: biodiversity and the theoretical unity of ecology

12.15 – 13.00 Silvia Caianiello (ISPF – CNR, IT)

        Biodiversity in a post-equilibrium ecology: History and consequences of a conceptual shift


15.00 – 15.45 Stefano Tiozzo (Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer, FR)

        Evolution of developmental strategies, and marine diversity: lessons from sea squirts

15.45 – 16.30 Jorge Marques da Silva (University of Lisbon, PT)

        Setting conservation targets: a values-based comparison between the American and European core            legislation

16.30 – 16.45 Coffee break

16. 45 – 17.30 Anouk Barberousse (Université Lille 1, FR)

        Natural history in the age of urgency


June 23

10.00 – 10.45 Ludovica Lorusso (University of Sassari, IT)

        Human diversity and race: what makes race a biological reality?

10.45 – 11.30 Andrea Borghini (College of the Holy Cross, MA, USA)

        Human diets and the creation, co-optation, and preservation of biodiversity

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 12.30 Chris Haufe (Case Western Reserve University, OH, USA)

        Biological hierarchy and conservation ethics

12.30 – 13.15 Helena Siipi (University of Turku, FI)

        Unnatural biodiversity?

13.15 – 13.30 Conclusive remarks



Listening Session at S.P.A.C.E
Conservatorio "G. Rossini" (Pesaro)

David Monacchi: Fragments of extinction

Main sponsor: Università di Urbino

Participating Institutions:

CFCUL (Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)

HES (Hesam Université. Hautes études Sorbonne arts et métiers)

IHPST (Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques)

ISPF (Istituto per la Storia del Pensiero Filosofico e scientifico moderno, CNR)

LABONT (Laboratory for Ontology, University of Turin)

Centro Orto Botanico di Urbino

SPACE, Conservatorio Rossini

Scientific Director: Prof. Vincenzo Fano

Executive Committee: Andrea Borghini, Claudio Calosi, Elena Casetta, Pierluigi Graziani

Scientific Committee: Gian Italo Bischi (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Andrea Borghini (College of the Holy Cross), Claudio Calosi (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Elena Casetta (University of Lisbon, PT / University of Turin)Vincenzo Fano (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Almo Farina (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Pierluigi Graziani (Università G. D’Annunzio di Chieti-Pescara), Sara Matera (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Gino Tarozzi (Università degli studi di Urbino).


How to reach Urbino

How to reach Collegio Raffaello (P.zza della Repubblica, 13)

How to reach Collegio il Colle (Colle dei Cappuccini, 17)

Where to sleep in Urbino

For further info write to:

Pierluigi Graziani,
8 giu 2015, 10:07