Projects

Cordial thanks to our funding agencies!


Current Projects & Grants

Project Name: Strategic Project of the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon

    • Beneficiary: Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon
    • Funding Agency: Fund For Science and Technology, Portugal (Project ID: UID/FIL/00678/2013)
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Grant Name: Applied Evolutionary Epistemology: How can the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis be implemented into the socio-cultural domain?

    • Beneficiary: Nathalie Gontier
    • Funding Agency: Fund For Science and Technology, Portugal (Grant ID: SFRH/BPD/89195/2012)
    • Summary: Focus lies on epistemological issues in evolutionary sciences; in particular how evolutionary theories such as symbiogenesis and punctuated equilibria challenge the Modern Synthesis and how these theories can be implemented into the evolutionary study of the socio-cultural domain. Questions include: 1) How do symbiogenesis and punctuated equilibria define evolutionary processes, and how does this differ from the tenets of the Modern Synthesis? 2) How do these evolutionary theories define units, levels, and hierarchies of evolution? 3) How can these theories be applied to explain socio-cultural evolution?


Previous Projects

Project Name: Implementing the Extended Synthesis in Evolutionary Biology into the Sociocultural Domain (2012-2013)

  • Project Leader: Nathalie Gontier
  • Project Co-Leader: Olga Pombo
  • Project Members: Francisco Carrapiço, Luís Correia, Marco Pina, Emanuele Serrelli, Larissa Mendoza Straffon
  • Funding Agency: John Templeton Foundation
  • Project Summary: Symbiogenesis, lateral gene transfer, virolution, punctuated equilibria, drift theory and epigenetics provide major insights into how life evolved. We want to examine how these theories can be extended to sociocultural evolution. This one-year program consists of research, curriculum development and dissemination of findings.
  1. In collaboration with international scholars, a permanent academic staff will conduct and report on research on how biological micro- and macroevolutionary theories can be implemented in the sociocultural domain. Emphasis lies on how punctuated equilibria theory, drift theory, symbiogenetic and lateral gene transfer theory can provide conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and scientific visualizations to comprehend, quantify and model sociocultural evolution.
  2. Erudition is cultivated by the organization, in collaboration with the Ciência Viva Agency, of an International Winter and Summer School on Evolution. Visiting staff are teaching 18 courses on biological and sociocultural evolution for international Master, doctoral and post-doctoral students. The visiting staff will also contribute introductory articles of their courses that will be published in multiple Proceedings, collected in the New Book Series Interdisciplinary Evolution Research.
  3. Three dissemination activities are planned:
  • Acknowledgements: We would like to express our sincere gratitude towards the John Templeton Foundation as well as their support staff (Paul Wason, Heather Micklewright, Kevin Arnold, Andrew Rick-Miller, Rachel Goldbaum, and Derek Leonard); Professor Sá Fonseca and Professor Paixão of the Faculty of Science, and the R&D, financial and human resources support staff of the University (Sílvia Gomes, Jorge Lobato, Paula Montenegro, Eduarda Tavarez, and Carmo Fonseca); Rui Málho and Fernando Oliveira from the Faculty of Science for formalizing the Evolution Schools and attributing course credits; Ana Simões, Henrique Leitão and Ricardo Coelho from the History and Philosophy of Science Department; Sofia Cruz from the Cell Communications of the University of Lisbon, as well as the camera crew and video-editors responsible for shooting the Public Evolution Day and the feature on the Teenager Day (Tânia Ferreira, Tiago Duarte, Duarte Correia); Rosalia Vargas and Ana Noronha from Ciência Viva and the Pavilion of Knowledge's Special Event Team (Carla Carvalho, Filomena Ramalhoto, Daniela Martins, Rosário Pereira Sofia Lourenço), for co-organizing the 2 Evolution Schools and the Lisbon Evolution Day; Emílio Rui Vilar and Artur Santos Silva from the Gulbenkian Foundation as well as Gulbenkian's support staff (Paulo Madruga and the technical staff, including the camera crew) for co-organizing the Evolutionary Patterns Conference; Rui Silveira, a Winter School volunteer, who shot all winter school videos; Sérgio Moço and Inês Tomé, who edited the interviews conducted with the teachers of the Winter and Summer School, as well as the videos from the Evolutionary Patterns Conference; and all national and international collaborators who have either taught at the Schools, or provided plenary and invited talks at the Evolutionary Patterns Conference; who have participated in symposia organized by AppEEL; who have seated in the Scientific Board of the conference; and who either have, or are in the process of, writing chapters for our Book Series Interdisciplinary Evolution Research.
  • These scholars are Adam See, Adrian Jaeggi, Alberto Bisin, Alex de Voogt, Alex Mesoudi, Alexandre Castro-Caldas, Allison Tripp, Alycia Stigall, Amanda N. Brothers, Ana Mineiro, Ana Sanchez, André Levy, Andreas Bohn, Anna Marie Prentiss, Antonio Benítez-Burraco, António Manso, August Fenk, Augusta Gaspar, Bernard Wood, Bruce Lieberman, Carl Knappett, Cedric Boeckx, Charbel Niño El-Hani, Claudine Chaouiya, Constança Carvalho, Cristina Cruz, Cristina Vieira, Daniel Dor, Daniel García Rivero, Daniel McShea, David A. Leavens, David Sepkoski, Davide Vecchi, Derek Turner, Derk Venema, Douglas Futuyma, Douglas H. Erwin, Douglas Zook, Elena Casetta, Elio Sucena, Evelien De Groot, Fiona Coward, Fiona Jordan, Folmer Bokma, Francisco Diónisio, Francisco Esteves, Frank Kressing, Frédéric Bouchard, Frietson Galis, Gertraud Fenk-Oczlon, Gil C. Santos, Guido Barbujani, Heiner Fangerau, Hiroyuki Nishina, Isabel Gordo, Jared P. Taglialatela, Jennafer A. P. Hamlin, Jeroen Stevens, John Jungck, Jordan Zlatev, Jorge Carneiro, Jorge Miguel Luz Marques da Silva, José Croca, Leonardo Vanneschi, Lounes Chikhi, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Luis Mateus Rocha, Luís Paulo N. Rebelo, Luis Vicente, Luis Villarreal, Lutz Beck, Margarida Matos, Maria Botero, Maria Manuela Coelho, Mark Collard, Mark Pagel, Mary Lee Jensvold, Matthew Joseph Walsh, Matthew Mattes, Matthis Krischel, Maurizio Casiraghi, Michael Arnold, Michael Benton, Michael Ruse, Michelle Wesley, Monica Tamariz, Natalie Uomini, Noland H. Martin, Octávio Mateus, Octávio Paulo, Olga Vasileva, Patrícia Arriaga, Pedro Mariano, Quentin Atkinson, Randall R. Skelton, Richard Watson, Rita Nolan, Rituparna Bose, Roderic Guigó, Rui Moreira, Samir Okasha, Sandra Swart, Shoji Nagataki, Slawomir Wacewicz, Stanley Salthe, Stefaan Blancke, Sunni J. Taylor, Sven Steinmo, Tal Dagan, Telmo Pievani, Terrence Deacon, Thierry Verdier, Timothy P. Racine, Tyler Volk, Vitor Faria, William Croft, William D. Hopkins, and William Martin.
  • Finally, we want to thank the students from both 2013 schools as well as the scholars who replied to our call for abstracts of the Evolutionary Patterns conference; and the audiences we attracted for the Lisbon Evolution Day (both the Public Conference and Teenagers afternoon), the various symposiums we organized, and the presentations we gave. These audiences add up to an estimated additional 600 people, who have been influenced by the project.

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