On April 23rd and 24th, 2009, at Egenis, University of Exeter, UK, a number of issues related to cells and cell biology will be investigated from historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives. Topics include: ·The cell as the epistemic and ontological unit of life ·The evolution of cells and modes of cellular organization · Multicellular and symbiotic cell collectives in relation to cellular autonomy · Connections between cell biology and contemporary systems biology · Health-related cell research, particularly of cancer cells · Plant, fungi and insect cells that do not fit standard cell theory · Engineering cells

Invited speakers William Bechtel (Philosophy, University of California, San Diego): Philosophical and historical issues in eukaryote cell biology Tom Cavalier-Smith (Zoology, University of Oxford): The evolution of cells Ohad Parnes (Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin): Organic and inorganic conceptions of cell growth in cell theory Andrew Reynolds (Philosophy and Religious Studies, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia): Historical insights into cell concepts

Local speakers John Bryant: Broader views of cell biology John Dupré: Philosophy of microbial cells Steve Hughes: Plant cells and cell theory Pierre-Olivier Méthot: Concepts of cells Staffan Müller-Wille: History of plant cell biology Dan Nicholson: Cell epistemology Maureen O’Malley: Philosophy of microbial cells

For further information, please contact Staffan Müller-Wille [email protected] or Maureen O’Malley m.a.o’[email protected]

To register your interest in this event, please contact: Saira Kidangan, Egenis Secretary Byrne House, University of Exeter St Germans Road, Exeter, EX4 4PJ, UK Email: [email protected] Phone: +44 (0)1392 269140