17 February 2022

“The Free Energy Principle: Science, Tech and Philosophy” (online)

One-day conference. Program online.

LINK to Conference webpage:

Dear M&B community,

It is our great pleasure to announce that a conference dedicated to the Free Energy Principle will take place on Thursday, 17 February 2022, at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin -- although taking place online -- titled "The Free Energy Principle: Science, Tech and Philosophy".

An interesting fact is that, although the Free Energy Principle had been published before, the first time that the Free Energy Principle was presented to the world was at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Years after this, we want to continue to play our small role. The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is renowned for its emphasis on an encouraging interdisciplinarity focusing on the interface between the humanities and behavioural sciences with the neurosciences. This conference brings philosophers and scientists to think together and share ideas and engage in constructive discussion about the free energy principle in this welcoming, interdisciplinary environment.

The scientific committee is constituted by:

  • Prof. Karl Friston (Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director; Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging; Professor at the Institute of Neurology, University College London; Honorary Consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery)
  • Prof. Cathy Price (Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London).
  • Prof. John-Dylan Haynes (Director of Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging; Professor at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
  • Prof. Petra Ritter (Director of the Simulation Section, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
  • Prof. Michael Pauen (Institute of Philosophy; Academic Director Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; PI Cluster of Excellence Science of Intelligence; Fellow at the Max Planck School of Cognition; PI and member of the Scientific Board of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences)
  • Prof. Felix Blankenburg (Neurocomputation and Neuroimaging Unit, Freie Universität Berlin)