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K as in "kaleidoscope" - join our webinar!

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K as in "kaleidoscope" - 9th of November 2022


This webinar will be our eleventh meeting within the series of The Alphabet of Complexity webinars. The letter K (as in “kaleidoscope”) will guide us through the main questions of the day: What are the paradigms we live by? What are the implications of research which is genome-centred and how to compare it with the research based on the organism-oriented scientific paradigm? The lectures of three key speakers (Giuseppe Longo, Angelika Hilbeck, Maël Montévil) will be followed by a discussion on how these specific paradigms can inform our actions for the purity of seeds and against GMOs.




K as in Kaleidoscope The paradigms we live by: genome-centred science vs. organism-oriented science
Key speakers: Giuseppe Longo, Angelika Hilbeck, Maël Montévil
Time and date: 9.11.2022, 11a.m. - 1 p.m. CET


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Angelika Hilbeck is a senior scientist and lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, where she leads the group ‘Environmental Biosafety and Agroecology’ at the Institute of Intergrative Biology. Since almost 30 years, her research focuses on biosafety and risk assessment of GMOs in the context of agroecology and biodiversity. Through numerous research and capacity building projects she has been engaged in several developing countries in Africa, South America and Vietnam. Her research and conceptual work also contribute to the implementation and shaping of EU Directives regulating the biosafety assessment of GMOs for field and commercial releases, the (UNEP CBD) Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and capacity building in developing countries. Through her international work, she became involved in broader issues of technology developments (genetic engineering, digitalization) towards a democratically legitimated, sustainable global future and actively contributes to the debate on biosafety, digitalization, sustainability issues, agroecological transformation, hunger and poverty alleviation. In 2006, she was appointed as lead author of the Global Chapter 3 and Synthesis Report on Biotechnology of the International Assessment Agricultural Science Technology for Development (IAASTD), a UN-funded and lead global project. She is co-founder and past chairperson of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER), co-founder and board member of Critical Scientists Switzerland (CSS) and a former member of the board of directors of the Swiss development organisation 'Bread for All' (now HEKS) and the Federation of German Scientists (VDW).


Giuseppe Longo is a Research Director CNRS (Emeritus) at the Cavaillès interdisciplinary center of Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS). Former Research Director in the Dept. of Mathematics, then of Computer Science, at ENS (1990-2012), he has been Associate Professor of Mathematical Logic and, then, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pisa (1981-1990). He spent three years in the USA (Berkeley, M.I.T., Carnegie Mellon) as researcher and visiting professor, spent several months visiting Oxford and Utrecht, and has been adjunct professor, School of Medicine, Tufts U., Boston (2013 - 2019). Founder and editor-in-chief (1990-2015) of Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, Camdridge U.P.., GL is (co-)author of more than 100 papers and four books. He recently extended his research interests and works on the epistemology of mathematics and theoretical biology. Web:


Maël Montévil works between theoretical biology and philosophy. He aims to rethink the theoretical foundations of biology and notably the status of mathematics in this discipline. More specifically, he works on biological temporalities, in particular the historicity of the living, as well as on biological organization. He addresses applications such as theorizing the disorganization of living organisms in the Anthropocene by developing a biological concept of disruption. His work also focuses on epistemology, concerning the application of mathematics, and the transformations of contemporary epistemology. He is a CNRS researcher at UAR 3608 Republic of Knowledge, École Normale Supérieure. His publications are accessible on



We are going to continue with the next episodes of "The Alphabet of Complexity" webinar series - save the dates!


1.12.2022 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CET

L, as in "life". Key speakers: to be confirmed


11.01.2023 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CET

M, as in “malnourished”: How do methods of food production and processing influence the quality and nutritious value of food? Key speakers: Andrea Beste, Alexander Beck


8.02.2023 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CET

N, as in “narrative”: How can the narrative of restoration and reciprocity influence the course of agricultural policies? Key speakers: Nara Petrovic, Anna Nacher, Marek Styczyński


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