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ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting

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The 2017 Meeting of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) will occur from 16 to 21 July, 2017, in São Paulo, Brazil. It will be held conjointly with the ABFHiB 2017 Brazilian History and Philosophy of Biology Meeting (EHFB).

The International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and social studies of science. ISHPSSB conferences are known for innovative and transdisciplinary sessions, as well as for fostering informal, co-operative exchanges and on-going collaborations. After nearly thirty years of growth, the ISHPSSB can claim to be the leading international society of its kind.

The biennial gathering of the ISHPSSB is its main raison d'être. The Society was founded in 1989 with the aim of organizing a conference bringing together current research on biology as a discipline. In the year before a general meeting, bids are sought for hosting the next edition, and the Site Selection Committee announces the winning bid during the General Assembly of the Meeting.


Recent previous meetings were held in Vienna (2003), Guelph (2005), Exeter (2007), Brisbane (2009), Salt Lake City (2011), Montpellier (2013) and Montréal (2015) and have attracted up to six hundred participants from all regions of the world.

See additional information about previous meetings of the ISHPSSB at this external link:

The first annual ABFHiB Meeting occurred in 2003. The 13th meeting took place in July 2015, in the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo – the same place where the joint ISHPSSB & ABFHiB meeting will happen.

The Brazilian events are attended by a small but persistent community of around 150 researchers, mostly from Brazil, but including scholars from nearby South American countries and invited keynote speakers from Europe and North America.

ABFHiB 2015 Meeting

The Brazilian Association of Philosophy and History of Biology (Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia – ABFHiB) was founded on August 17, 2006, during the Fourth Brazilian Philosophy and History of Biology Meeting, in São Paulo, SP. The goal of ABFHiB is to promote and disseminate researches on the history and philosophy of biology, establishing cooperation and communication between scholars. Besides Brazilians, some researchers from other South American countries – especially Argentina – are also members of ABFHiB and participate in those meetings.

See additional information about previous meetings of ABFHiB at this external link:

ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting   
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)   
Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia (ABFHiB)   
São Paulo, Brazil, 16 to 21 July, 2017   

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July, 2017

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