The program for the 2021 biennial conference of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) is now available, at:
Taking place from 13-20 July, and hosted virtually by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Zoom and Slack, the conference will bring together hundreds of scholars from across the disciplines, around the world (36 countries and counting), and at all career stages for five days of live talks and discussions exploring all aspects of biology, past and present. Plenary panels will consider Darwin's DESCENT OF MAN 150 years after its publication; the Bermuda Principles (for open sharing of sequencing data) 25 years after their launch; and the "viral vulnerability" which has hastened the arrival of big online meetings like this one.
A range of opportunities for the informal learning and exchange which can make in-person conferences so rewarding have been developed, including skill-and-community-building sessions, "happy office hours" (an online version of the conversational mixing that takes place at coffee breaks), and a virtual banquet (with prizes for the most phylogenetically diverse dish/menu, the most sustainable dish/menu, and the dish/menu that best captures the Society's spirit of interdiscplinary venture). The recording and -- until 31 July -- archiving of a number of sessions will reduce the scope for missing out on interesting talks because of schedule clashes, while also helping colleagues in disparate time zones participate without having to get up in the middle of the night.
More information about the conference can be found at https://www.ishpssb.org/meetings/ishpssb2021 Eligibility criteria for reduced registration fees, including significantly reduced fees for participants from low- and middle-income countries, can be found at https://meetings.cshl.edu/meetings.aspx?meet=ISH&year=21
To register, please go to https://meetings.cshl.edu/virtualregish.aspx?meet=ISH&year=21 (Do note, however, that the conference is no longer accepting abstracts.)