Organizers, sponsors and partners
The ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 meeting is jointly organized by the
International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of
Biology (ISHPSSB), the Brazilian Association for Philosophy and History of
Biology (ABFHiB) and the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São
The ISHPSSB provides general support for the meeting; ABFHiB offers
local Brazilian organization, including the creation and maintenance of the
conference web site; IB-USP provides the location where the meeting will be
held, local facilities (including wifi, laptops and datashow equipment) and
partial financial support.
ISHPSSB – The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and
Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) was formed in 1989 in order to hold a
biennial meeting, bringing together researchers interested in biology as a
discipline, and specifically in its history, philosophy and sociology. The
ISHPSSB brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life
sciences as well as history, philosophy, and social studies of science. The
biennial ISHPSSB summer meetings are known for innovative, transdisciplinary
sessions, and for fostering informal, co-operative exchanges and on-going
The ISHPSSB awards three prizes at its biennial meetings to recognize
excellent achievements in the fields covered by the society. Each prize is
named after a pivotal and dearly missed member of the Society and the broader
academic community. Two prizes are aimed at graduate students to recognize
outstanding papers presented at a previous ISHSSB meeting: Werner Callebaut
Prize; Marjorie Grene Prize.
To recognize extraordinary contribution to scholarship and service that
promotes interdisciplinary connections between history, philosophy, social
studies, and biology, the society awards the David L. Hull Prize.
Since the acronym ISHPSSB is impossible to pronounce, David Hull
suggested that one should call it “ishkabibble”, as an homage to the American
comedian and cornet player Merwyn Bogue “Ish Kabibble”.
ABFHiB – The Brazilian Association for Philosophy and History of Biology
(Portuguese: Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia) was
founded on August 17th, 2006, during the 4th Brazilian Meeting of
Philosophy and History of Biology, carried out at Mackenzie Presbyterian
University, in São Paulo, SP. ABFHiB's objective is to promote and publicize
studies on philosophy and history of Biology, as well as its interfaces,
stablishing cooperation and communication among all its members.
One of the main activities of ABFHiB is the publication of two
periodicals. One of them is the quarterly Bulletin of the History and
Philosophy of Biology (Portuguese: Boletim de História e Filosofia da Biologia).
The Bulletin releases news of the area and publishes small articles as well as
Portuguese translations of excerpts of important works in the history of
biology. The other regular publication of this society is the journal
Philosophy and History of Biology (Portuguese: Filosofia e História da
Biologia), devoted to the publication of original articles in Portuguese,
Spanish and English. Released in June and December, the journal completed its tenth
volume in 2015. The open access online version of Philosophy and History of
Biology can be accessed on this link:
The first ABFHiB Meeting of History and Philosophy of Biology
occurred in 2003. The 13th Meeting was organized in the Institute of
Biosciences of the University of São Paulo, in 2015. Besides Brazilians, some
researchers from other South American countries – especially Argentina – are
also members of ABFHiB and participate in those meetings.
IB-USP – The Institute of
Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (Portuguese: Instituto de
Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo) has an excellent faculty and
infrastructure to provide a superior education in life sciences. IB-USP concentrates the
undergraduate course in Biological Sciences and five graduate programs, which
integrate teaching basic and specialized courses in Biology and performing lab
practices and ground-breaking research.
The departments of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, Botany, Physiology
and Zoology had been first established in 1934 on the foundations of the
previous School of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, which was founded
simultaneously with the University of São Paulo. In 1969 the departments were brought together to form the Institute.
The infrastructure of the Institute contributes to its academic
excellence: multimedia, modern laboratories for microscopy and anatomy,
herbarium, xylotheque, apiary, and the Center for Study of the Human Genome
assure direct contact with the scientific methodology.
Research at IB-USP includes a
wide range of disciplines in biological sciences, distributed within five Departments:
Botany, Ecology, Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, Physiology and Zoology.
Innovative research is performed, often in collaboration with scientists
and research institutions around the world, and published in high impact,
internationally awarded scientific journals.
Regarding outcome to society, IB-USP promotes countless activities
in different areas of Biology: elaboration of didactic material, guided tours,
specialized courses for public school teachers, scientiﬁc advising and genetic counseling
services. The Institute is deeply committed to developing outstanding
programs, facilities and laboratories in order to train the future generations
of biologists and scientists of related disciplines.
The Institute’s mission is to
produce knowledge of biological sciences through innovative research, to
apply this knowledge to benefit the environment and society and
to train biologists for the future, engaged in building a sustainable
meeting already counts on financial support from the Provost's Office
for Research (PRPUSP; subsidized by Banco Santander), Undergraduate, Graduate and Culture and Extension (PRCEU-USP) from USP.
The meeting will receive financial support from the following Brazilian
research agencies: the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP); the Brazilian
National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq); and Coordination
for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).
FAPESP – The São Paulo State Research Foundation (Portuguese: Fundação
de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) is the main research agency
providing grants and scholarships in the state of São Paulo. FAPESP is a public
foundation, funded by taxpayers in the state of São Paulo, with the mission to
support research projects in institutions of higher education and research in
all fields of knowledge. The state of São Paulo has a population of 40 about
million and generates 35% of Brazil’s GNP. The São Paulo state constitution
establishes that 1% of all state tax revenue belongs to the Foundation and the
government transfers these funds monthly. The stability of funding and autonomy
of the Foundation allow for efficient management of the resources, which has
had a sizeable impact: while São Paulo has 22% of the Brazil’s population and
30% of its scientists with doctorates, the state contributes 52% of the
country’s scientific articles published in international journals.
The Foundation works in close contact with the scientific community: all
proposals are peer reviewed with the help of area panels composed of active
FAPESP maintains cooperation agreements with national and international research
funding agencies, institutions of higher educational and research and business
enterprises. The international cooperation covers a broad range of countries
and agencies including the UK Research Councils, the Agence Nationale de
Recherche (ANR) in France, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in
Germany, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the U.S.A.
CNPq – The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological
Development (Portuguese: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e
Tecnológico) is an organization of the Brazilian federal government under the
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), dedicated to the
promotion of scientific and technological research and to the formation of
human resources for research in the country. CNPq was founded in 1951 and since
that time has been the leading research funding agency in Brazil.
CNPq has established a research agenda materialized in a set of
Programs, Call for Proposals and Research Networks focused on the various
aspects of sustainable development. In the broad areas of biodiversity mapping,
ecosystems, biotechnological potential evaluation, Amazon, Ocean and Antarctic
sciences, the main actions involved the investment of US$100 million in the
past 4 years, supporting 320 projects selected in 12 programs. In the various
aspects of sustainable agriculture we additionally invested US$50 million
supporting around 200 projects selected in 4 programs. CNPq is also promoting
research in the field of Renewable Energy Sources, Biomass, Biofuels,
Photovoltaic, wind power generation, hydroelectricity and climate changes,
involving resources of US$30 million in the past 4 years.
An important initiative of CNPq is the National Institutes of Science
and Technology Program (INCT), launched in July 2008, established as a powerful
tool for promoting Science, Technology and Innovation in the country. It
involves an initial investment of more than US$300 million, with 126 approved projects
in different research areas. The Program aims to mobilize and aggregate as
networks, the best research groups in Brazil, working in the frontiers of
science and in strategic areas for the sustainable development of the country.
Of those, 26 are specifically focused in the various aspects of environment,
sustainability, water resources, ocean sciences, biodiversity, renewable
energies and urban studies, involving an investment of around US$50 million.
More recently, the Brazilian government, through CNPq and CAPES, has
established the Program Science without Borders, a large scale nationwide
scholarship program aiming to strengthen and multiply the initiatives of
science, technology and innovation through the expansion of the international
mobility of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-docs and
researchers. The primary goal is to offer 100 thousand fellowships for
Brazilian students and researchers to go to top universities or research
centers worldwide. The broad areas of interest include sustainable development,
biodiversity, green economy, water resources, ocean sciences and renewable
energies. The program also provides grants for young talented scientists and
highly qualified researchers from abroad to work in Brazil in these areas, in
joint projects with local research groups, thus contributing to the promotion
of a global vision of sustainable development.
CAPES – Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Portuguese:
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento do Pessoal de Ensino Superior) is a public agency
established in 1951 within the Ministry of Education (MEC). It is a Brazilian
government agency awarding scholarships and grants to graduate students at
universities and research centers in Brazil and abroad. Its main purpose is to
coordinate efforts to improve the quality of Brazil’s faculty and staff in
higher education. CAPES is particularly concerned with the training of Doctoral
candidates, Pre-doctoral short-term researchers, and Post-doctoral Scholars. At
present CAPES supports about 22,000 students in Brazilian graduate programs and
1,500 in other countries.
Capes plays a key role in the formation of highly qualified professionals,
through the continued promotion and periodic assessment of graduate programs
(academic master’s degree, doctoral and professional master’s degree). To this
end, it identifies, stimulates and promotes initiatives of new graduate courses
and academic, scientific, technological, technological, cultural and innovation
cooperation, at the national and international levels. It provides scholarships
for students, teachers and researchers, support to graduate programs and access
to scientific, academic, technological and cultural, Brazilian and
The activities of the National Graduate System (SNPG) currently include
about 3,400 Master and Doctor programs spread over nine large subjects:
Agrarian Sciences, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Exact Sciences, Human
Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, Engineering, Linguistics, Literature and
Arts, and Multidisciplinary Studies.
The event already has the support of CAPES through the Program to Support Events in the Country (PAEP-CAPES).
Butantan Institute. Created in 1901, the Butantan Institute is the main Brazilian producer of immunobiological products for public health purposes and is
responsible for the majority of vaccines and sera produced in the country
through its Technological Development and Production Division. The Cultural
Development Center of the Institute sustains the Special Laboratory for the
History of Science (LEHC), giving extension courses on the history of sanitary
practices and publishing the journal "Cadernos de História da
Ciência" (Notebooks on History of Science), available only in Portuguese.
Besides that, the Institute develops studies and basic research in 17 different
fields of Biology and Biomedicine directly or indirectly related to public
The Butantan Institute is located next to the campus of the University of São
Paulo. Together with the LEHC team, we are planning cooperation and some
activities for the ISHPSSB attendants, such as guided visits to the scientific
zoological collections and its four Museums – the Biological, Historical,
Microbiology and Emilio Ribas Public Health.
To learn more about Butantan Institute, please visit the website: http://www.butantan.gov.br/Paginas/default_en.aspx
SBG - Brazilian Society of
Genetics. The Brazilian Society of Genetics (SBG - Sociedade Brasileira de Genética, in Portuguese) was founded
in 1955 at Campinas, São Paulo, in a session chaired by the geneticist
Frederico Gustavo Brieger. Besides its annuals meetings, the society publishes
the journal "Genetics and Molecular Biology" and "Genética na
Escola" (Genetics in the School). This journal aims to
disseminate educational experiences in the field of genetics, to provide
reflections on genetic concepts and to discuss developments in technology
related to the quality of life of the population and disseminate materials for
classroom work, including the use of historical and philosophical approaches to
the fields of Genetics, Molecular Biology and related areas.
SBG will support ISHPSSB 2017 Meeting, assisting in the dissemination of
the congress and promoting interchange with its affiliates working with
historical and / or philosophical references (distinguished from
theoretical or empirical genetic research itself).
To learn more about SBG, please visit the website (only in Portuguese): http://www.sbg.org.br/
ACIESP - Academia de Ciências do Estado de
São Paulo, ACIESP.
The Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo was
formed in 1974, to consolidate the view of São Paulo as the main regional
center of scientific excellence in Latin America. The ACIESP brings together
researchers in the Biosciences, Applied Sciences, Physics, Geosciences,
Mathematics, and Chemistry.
ACIESP will support ISHPSSB 2017 Meeting assisting in
the dissemination of the conference.
To learn more about ACIESP, please visit the website: