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September 10-11, 2015: Conference "Social Change in the Brain Age"


School of Advanced Studies (IUSS), Pavia

10-11 September, 2015

This event will bring together a diverse range of experts from philosophy and science, public policy and creative industry, to discuss whether and how research on the mind can shed new light on age-old issues about how to deliver positive social change. The two-day event will feature a focused workshop with talks and commentaries on the meaning of evidence across the life and behavioural sciences, the mechanism and function of the social mind, and the view of human agency emerging from discussions of policy issues in the public sector. The workshop will be followed by a symposium on concepts of well-being as a case study of where cognitive research meets policy-making, as well as a public conversation on art, neuroscience and sociality.

Colin Blakemore (University of London)
Romina Boarini (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris)
Ian Carter (University of Pavia)
John Dupr (University of Exeter)
David Freedberg (The Warburg Institute, London, and Columbia University)
Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)
Andrea Moro (School of Advanced Studies, Pavia)
Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University)
Simone Schnall (University of Cambridge)
Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy, London)
Dan Sperber (Central European University, Budapest and Institut Nicod, Paris)
Alex Willcock (Founder of VisualDNA)
Jonathan Wolff (University College London)

Commentators and Chairs include:
Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena-Reggio Emilia & University of Oslo); Giovanni Boniolo (University of Milan); Nicola Canessa (School of Advanced Studies, Pavia); Ophelia Deroy (Institute of Philosophy, London); Michele Di Francesco (School of Advanced Studies, Pavia); Mattia Gallotti (University of London); Francesco Guala (University of Milan); Armando Massarenti (Il Sole 24 Ore); Cristina Meini (University of Eastern Piedmont); Alfredo Paternoster (University of Bergamo); Raffaella Rumiati (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste); Corrado Sinigaglia (University of Milan)

Here is the full programme of the event.

Attendance is free of charge, but space is limited. Please register by sending an email with the subject Registration to

For further information, contact the organizing committee (Michele di Francesco, Mattia Gallotti, Andrea Sereni and Alfredo Tomasetta) at the same address.