[PCST] Understanding Violence - Recent advances in biology, sociology and modeling

Ariane Vlérick ariane.vlerick at wkdialogue.ch
Tue Sep 30 15:56:28 CEST 2008

 Dear colleagues,

An international and transdisciplinary symposium on the thematic of violence
will take place in *Lausanne (Switzerland - Ecole polytechnique federale de
Lausanne) from 11 to 13 February 2009:*

*Understanding Violence - Recent advances in biology, sociology and modeling

Organizer: *Carmen Sandi (Brain Mind Institute, School of Life Sciences,
Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne)

Co-organizers: *Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg (Central Institute of Mental
Health, Mannheim, Germany); Mel Slater (UCL London & Catalan Polytechnic
University Barcelona); Pierre Magistretti (Brain Mind Institute, School of
Life Sciences, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne)

*Website: **http://latsis2009.epfl.ch/*<https://ewa.epfl.ch/owa/redir.aspx?C=286f5cc5f9a041e78e3447f12c260fea&URL=http%3a%2f%2flatsis2009.epfl.ch%2f>
This EPFL-Latsis Symposium will bring together world leaders from very
different fields to discuss major recent advances in biological (genetic
risk factors; stress; hormonal alterations; neuroimaging data on brain
function alterations), psycho-sociological (hierarchical relationships and
population health; elements of the micro-context; developmental
trajectories) and modeling approaches (virtual reality and emotions;
computational models on the development of hierarchical societies) to foster
actual interactions between these fields.
The organizers are convinced that an integrated view of the causes of
violence should take into account sociological and psychological aspects,
together with biological, evolutionary and modeling approaches.
There will be 6 sessions organized around key questions related to
"understanding VIOLENCE", in which presentations by invited speakers will be
followed by a large discussion animated by a leading expert. There will be
poster sessions and a round table that will include representatives from
major international organizations with programs on violence and
representatives from institutions that directly deal with violent
individuals or with their victims. The language and level in speakers'
presentations will be accessible to non-experts, as part of the common goal
and effort for establishing a true communication among the different
backgrounds and approaches. Presentations and discussion will be in English.

May I bring to your attention that the symposium is *limited* to 350
participants and *attractive (reduced) hotel rates *offered in all categ
ories to encourage participants and in particular our young colleagues to
stay for the entire three days of the symposium will be limited.

I remain at your disposal for any further information you may need.

Best regards,
Dr Eng Ariane Vlérick
*Communication Coordinator*
**School of Life Sciences
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
SV 3814 / Station 15 / CH-1015 Lausanne / Switzerland
Email: ariane.vlerick at epfl.ch<https://ewa.epfl.ch/owa/redir.aspx?C=286f5cc5f9a041e78e3447f12c260fea&URL=mailto%3aariane.vlerick%40epfl.ch>
Blog & Forum: www.defisciences.info<https://ewa.epfl.ch/owa/redir.aspx?C=286f5cc5f9a041e78e3447f12c260fea&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.defisciences.info%2f>
Tel:  (+41) 21 693 18 42 or (+41) 79 535 00 21
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