Program Schedule

Sunday, June 9
Arrival day

Monday, June 10
Session #1 Workshop Opening
  • 08:45-09:00 - Welcome: Pier Francesco Ferrari, Lucia Regolin and Giorgio Vallortigara
  • 09:00-09:45 - Frantisek BALUSKA - Cognitive view of life – from cells to biosphere
  • 09:45-10:30 - Pietro PERCONTI - Minimal consciousness
  • 10:30-11:00 - Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:45 - Peter GODFREY-SMITH - Two models for minimal minds
  • 11:45-12:30 - Konstantin ANOKHIN - Cognitome-minimal conditions for its emergence
  • 12:30-14:15 - Lunch
Session #2
  • 14:15-15:00 - David GLANZMAN - The evidence for non-synaptic, cell-intrinsic encoding of memory
  • 15:00-15:45 - Hessameddin AKHLAGHPOUR - An emerging bridge between polynucleotides and intelligent computation in nature
  • 15:45-16:15 - Coffee break
  • 16:15-17:00 - Randy GALLISTEL - The associative learning equations and their neurobiological implications
  • 19:00 - Poster session

Tuesday, June 11
  • 8:15 - EXCURSION TO THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
Session #3 - Space and Cognition
  • 17:00-17:45 - Ranieri BIZZARRI - Chemical cognition and the memory of a single cell: an emerging “connubio”
  • 17:45-18:30 - Romain BRETTE - Proto-cognition of a swimming neuron

Wednesday, June 12
Session #4
  • 09:00-09:45 - Simon LAUGHLIN - What makes brain special?
  • 09:45-10:30 - Martin GIURFA - From concepts, numbers and awareness in honeybees
  • 10:30-11:00 - Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:45 - Björn BREMBS - If fruit fly brains negotiate internal and external strains, is it minimal cognition?
  • 11:45-12:30 - Robert ELWOOD - Hermit crabs, cognition and sentience?
  • 12:30-14:45 - Lunch
Session #5
  • 14:45-15:00 - Umberto CASTIELLO - ‘Grasping’ the intelligence of plants
  • 15:00-15:45 - Paco CALVO - Green minds or blind spots? Exploring plant sentience amidst scientific bias
  • 15:45-16:15 - Coffee break
  • 16:15-17:00 - Kristin ANDREWS - All animals are conscious: flipping the null hypothesis
  • 17:30 - Concluding remarks
  • 20:30 - Social Dinner

Thursday, June 13 Attendants’ Departure Day
  • 9:30 - SPEAKERS Round table

Friday, June 14 Speakers’ Departure Day