Upcoming and Past Events

5th International Bridging Gaps Conference: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism?
CMCS Conference Series
An ESI.CORE Sponsored Event
CUNY School of Journalism
New York City, USA
August 31 – September 1, 2017

Art as Embodied Cognition - Call for posters
Institute for Cognitive Sciences (UQAM)
Montreal, March 16 - 17, 2017.
The aim is to bring together researchers, artists and students from different disciplines and to create a space for reflection on the relationship between cognitive and artistic phenomena along the axis of direction, embodiment and movement, including notions such as performativity; temporality, dynamics, perception and affect.
Submit your proposal for a poster or other visual or audio-visual medium to isc@uqam.ca no later than 10 February 2017. Your proposal should include: title; 250 word summary; full name, affiliation and e-mail address of author(s); and the media used (poster or other).
A jury composed of experts in the field will award a prize at the best presentation.

Streets, Routes, Methods I: Reflections on Paths, Spaces and Temporalities
A Conference organized by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and eikones NCCR Iconic Criticism, University of Basel
Florence, 5-6 May 2017
The conference will explore paths' relationship to the environment, in line with the eco-art historical project at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. How do paths, trails and routes shape or even create landscape? What is the interplay of geomorphology, flora and fauna, animal and human agency?
Further information: https://www.khi.fi.it/5525749/20170131-streets

Land and Poverty Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance—Towards an Evidence-Based Approach
March 20-24, 2017
World Bank Headquarters, Washington D.C.
The Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The focus of the conference is on the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, identify strategies for working at scale and monitoring achievements. http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/08/22/land-and-poverty-conference-2017-responsible-land-governance-towards-an-evidence-based-approach

Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?
CMCS International Conference Series
An ESI.CORE Sponsored Event
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, USA
March 17 – 19, 2017

Impact Investing: Mainstreaming Purpose-Driven Finance
Feb 15th 2017
New York, NY
Risk, return and impact: a new role for capital markets in building a better world. Join editors of The Economist and more than 200 leading financiers, institutional investors, policymakers, academics, impact investors and philanthropies to analyze the main opportunities and obstacles to the mainstreaming of impact investment. Once a niche activity exclusive to the wealthy and philanthropic-minded, impact investing is now championed by a growing number of leading institutions in the capital markets.

Sustainable Foods Summit North America
Jan 18 – Jan 20 2017
Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA
The summit will bring together some of the most influential organizations involved in sustainability and eco-labeling in the food industry. With agriculture linked to some of the major ecological and social issues the planet faces, what solutions are provided by sustainable food systems? How can sustainable ingredients reduce environmental and / or health impacts of food products? What are best-practices in addressing food waste and packaging impacts? What can be done to improve supply chains and mitigate food fraud risks? Such questions will be addressed in a high-level forum.

Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling?
CMCS International Conference Series
An ESI.CORE Sponsored Event
Barcelona, Spain. July 3rd – 5th, 2016

84e Congrès de l'Acfas, 9-13 mai 2016 à l'Université du Québec à Montréal.
Colloque 317 - Vers une compréhension des mécanismes d'action de la présence attentive (mindfulness) http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres/programme_preliminaire/84/300/317/C
Colloque Enjeux de la recherche 17 - Des sciences métissées sont-elles possibles? Réflexions sur la pluralité des savoirs, des normes et des pratiques en science

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, Costa Rica.
Feb. 2016: ESI.CORE staff volunteer at Cloudbridge.

Cognitio 2015. Atypical Minds: the Cognitive Science of Difference and Potentialities.
June 8th, 9th and 10th 2015, UQAM, Montréal, Canada.

International Humanitarian Technology Conference.
Ottawa May 31st - June 4th, 2015.

Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society.
CMCS International Conference Series
ESI.CORE sponsored event, May 27-28, 2015 at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

The Collingridge Dilemma & the Proactive Governance of Emerging Technologies.
May 7th 2015, 5-6:30pm, University of Ottawa.

Globalization: Good or Bad for Human Rights?
By Dr. Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann.
Stewart Biology Building, Room S1/3 (1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue, Montreal).
Friday September 19, 2014 3:30pm.

Brain and Mind: Out of Body Experiences from a Neuroscience and Anthropology Perspective.
By Dr. Claude Messier of the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa and Dr. Ari Gandsman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa.
Tabaret Hall, Huguette Labelle Room (TBT 112), 550 Cumberland Street, Ottawa.
Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Humanitarian Advancement through Technology, IHTC 2014 International Humanitarian Technology Conference (http://ihtc.ieee.ca/).
June 1-4, 2014, OMNI Hotel Montreal, Canada.
The conference will focus on humanitarian applications of technology in the general areas of technologies for improving the lives of underserved peoples (including aboriginal/indigenous peoples), technologies for the disabled, health-related technologies, humanitarian engineering educational programs, and technologies to assist in disaster situations.

Moving forward: An intimate evening on paths, success and love.
Organized by the Centre for Media & Celebrity Studies in partnership with esi.core.
Saturday, March 29 2014 @ IndustREAL Arts Room, 688 Richmond St., Toronto.
Opening Reception 7– 8 pm | Speakers and Performances 8 – 9:15 pm | After Party 9:15 – 10:30 pm
For more information: info@cmc-centre.com or visit: http://cmc-centre.com/events-news/

Did rational thinking play a role in human evolution? By Jean Robillard.
Montreal, Amphithéâtre de la TÉLUQ – 5800, rue Saint-Denis, room 1105.
Thursday 28 November 2013, 12h30 to 13h30.
What type of rational thinking is specific to humans and what was its role in the evolution of humankind? How did social organization and cultural evolution since paleolithc times contributed to the development of rational thinking?

How contemplative is contemplative neuroscience? By Michael Lifshitz.
Monday Nov 25th 14h - 16h, UQAM (Montreal) room W-5215. (Thérèse-Casgrain Building. 455, boul. René-Lévesque East)
As philosophers and cognitive scientists join forces to unravel the mysteries of consciousness, we are faced with the challenge of bridging subjective experience with so-called 'objective' measures of brain and behaviour. Growing from the same roots as neurophenomenology, the scientific study of meditation provides an appealing prospect for a more contemplative neuroscience — a neuroscience in which experience really matters.The following paper by Evan Thompson can be read to prepare for the talk: http://sites.google.com/site/guillaumebeaulac/NeurophenomenologyMed.pdf

University of Copenhagen, December 4-6 2013. "An Open World Bohr Conference 2013" responding – with inspiration from Bohr’s ideas on an open world – to the political challenges posed by contemporary science and technology. The conference will take a principled look at emerging sciences and their inherent dangers and demands on politics, business and technological innovation, and explore the role of openness and knowledge circulation in handling socio-political challenges posed by new science and technology, as well as possible institutions and procedures for better interaction between science and politics. ESI.CORE Director Dr Louis Massey presented a paper titled "Towards the End of Secrecy: Technological and Human Considerations" For more details: http://bohr-conference2013.ku.dk/call/

The Canadian Science Policy Conference, Nov 20-22 2013, Toronto. http://www.cspc2013.ca/

Rethinking higher ed: Beyond {the buzzwords} organized by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
November 7-8 2013, Toronto.

Noam CHOMSKY: What is language, and why does it matter?
Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 4:00 PM, Montreal, QC.

Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences
October 21-23, 2013, University of Ottawa.

Transformational Company: Supply Chain and Industry Engagement.
October 11th, 2013 Toronto

Liquid Intelligence and the Aesthetics of Fluidity, Montreal, McGill, Oct. 25-26, 2013. In an influential essay, contemporary artist Jeff Wall has sketched a suggestive genealogy linking chemical photography to a range of fluid processes and their modes of “liquid intelligence.” By Wall’s telling, wet procedures done in the dark historically connect photography to a vast, subterranean network of primordial acts of chemical transformation like dyeing and bleaching.

Deciphering the Genetic Code for Life by Brendan J. Frey.
September 19, 2013 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Humphry Hall Auditorium, 62 Arch Street, Queens University, Kingston, ON.
The digital code that controls the biochemistry of life is embedded within a sequence of DNA letters called a genome. Scientists understand the code embedded in the ten-thousand-letter HIV genome and can successfully modify the code embedded in a one-million-letter bacterial genome. However, we are only beginning to understand the human code, which resides in a three-billion-letter genome and is used to generate trillions of cells whose different roles are necessary for normal body development and function. I will describe recent discoveries made by my colleagues and I that shed light on how the human code works, how it is used to generate increased complexity, and how it differes from other species, such as chimpanzees. I will also describe how the human code can be used to develop new ways for detecting and treating human diseases.

Primitive Normativity in Children and Other Apes by Kristin Andrews, York University. Primitive normativity can be understood as sensitivity to the way things are done around here, or to the appropriateness of different kinds of actions. Children show this sort of primitive normativity at an early age, and there is evidence that other ape species demonstrate it as well. How does primitive normativity serve those who have it? I argue for two interrelated effects. First, sensitivity to normativity undergirds the ability to identify appropriate models to learn from, which (contrary to the theory of natural pedagogy) is a key part of children’s early learning. Second, sensitivity to normativity can lead individuals to seek explanations for norm violations, which in turn can lead to the development of mindreading skills (contrary to familiar claims that the evolutionary function of our mindreading ability is for making better predictions). Both consequences further serve to promote culture and in-group identification. My claim about the effects of primitive normativity is supported by research on children and great apes (chimpanzees and orangutans).
Friday, September 20th, 2013, 3110 River Building Carleton University, 3:00 pm

Darwin's mistake: Explaining the discontinuity between human and nonhuman minds. Discussion on the paper by Derek C. Penn, Keith J. Holyoak et Daniel J. Povinelli, BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES (2008) 31, 109–178 Over the last quarter century, the dominant tendency in comparative cognitive psychology has been to emphasize the similarities between human and nonhuman minds and to downplay the differences as “one of degree and not of kind” (Darwin 1871). In the present target article, we argue that Darwin was mistaken: the profound biological continuity between human and nonhuman animals masks an equally profound discontinuity between human and nonhuman minds. To wit, there is a significant discontinuity in the degree to which human and nonhuman animals are able to approximate the higher-order, systematic, relational capabilities of a physical symbol system (PSS) (Newell 1980). We show that this symbolic-relational discontinuity pervades nearly every domain of cognition and runs much deeper than even the spectacular scaffolding provided by language or culture alone can explain. We propose a representational-level specification as to where human and nonhuman animals’ abilities to approximate a PSS are similar and where they differ. We conclude by suggesting that recent symbolicconnectionist models of cognition shed new light on the mechanisms that underlie the gap between human and nonhuman minds.
CRISCo Montreal, lundi 23 septembre

Momentum - Conférence sur les nouveaux modèles d'affaires écoresponsables.
Novae 17 septembre 2013 Montreal, Canada.
Dans un contexte de marché global et de questionnement sur les modèles actuels (économiques, financiers, environnementaux), l’entreprise du XXIème siècle doit développer de nouvelles formes d’innovations, qui intègrent pleinement les enjeux environnementaux et sociétaux actuels.

4 Septembre 2013, 16h. UQAM. Frederic Fol Leymarie: Human Study: art, perception, artificial vision and robotic. An artist, just as a psychologist, cognitive scientist or artificial intelligence specialist must be an expert in perceptions, but maybe with a more intuitive approach.

Cildo Meireles 24 May -29 Sept 2013, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Palacio de Valazquez. Critical commentary on the concept of territory and of History as a narrative for colonial domination.