[Du 4 au 6 mars 2023, Campus de la Victoire, Bordeaux]

The Sixth Philosophy of Cancer Biology Workshop will be held in Bordeaux, France.


Cancer is one of the main causes of death globally according to the World Health Organization. The biological complexity and heterogeneity of this disease (or group of diseases) make it very difficult to apprehend, control, and cure. We strongly believe that more theoretical and conceptual efforts can benefit cancer research. To this aim we have initiated a series of international workshops whose aim is to gather philosophers, scientists, and medical doctors to discuss theoretical and conceptual challenges that are central to cancer research.

This edition will mostly focus on two topics: (1) the role of the microbiota in cancer development and dissemination, a question that attracts increasing attention but remains challenging to address, (2) metastasis, which is considered as a major challenge for cancer treatment and leading cause of cancer death.

The call for abstract, however, will be open to all emerging conceptual and theoretical issues in cancer research.

Organizing committee:

  • Lucie Laplane (IHPST & Gustave Roussy, Paris, France) (co-chair)
  • Thomas Pradeu (ImmunoConcept, CNRS Bordeaux, France) (co-chair)
  • Bertrand Daignan-Fornier (IBGC, CNRS Bordeaux, France)
  • Benjamin Spada (ImmunoConcept, CNRS Bordeaux, France)

Scientific committee:

  • Bertrand Daignan Fornier (CNRS Bordeaux, France)
  • Andrew Ewald (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA)
  • Sara Green (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Lucie Laplane (IHPST & Gustave Roussy, Paris, France)
  • Maël Lemoine (University of Bordeaux, France)
  • Carlo Maley (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Violaine Moreau (CNRS Bordeaux, France)
  • Julie Pannequin (CNRS, Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Montpellier, France)
  • Anya Plutynski (Washington University, USA)
  • Thomas Pradeu (CNRS Bordeaux, France)
  • Gregory Sepich-Poore (UCSD, USA)
  • Vanja Sisirak (CNRS Bordeaux, France)
  • Pierre Sujobert (University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France)
  • Eric Solary (Gustave Roussy, Paris, France)


March 4th Reconceptualizing metastasis
09h30-09h40 intro
09h40-10h30 talk 1 – Peter Friedl (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherland)
10h30-11h20 talk 2 – Julie Pannequin (Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Montpellier, France) “Early dissemination in cancer: sporadic or general process?”
pause (30′)
11h50-12h40 talk 3 – Ilaria Elia (KU Leuven, Belgium) “The metabolic cross-talk between T cells and tumor cells in melanoma-derived metastasis”
lunch (1h30)
14h10-15h00 talk 4 – Guillaume Montagnac (Gustave Roussy, France)
15h00-15h50 talk 5 – Andy Ewald (Johns Hopkins University, USA) + Thomas et Bertrand) “Molecular and Cellular regulation of breast cancer metastasis”
pause (30′)
16h20-17h20 talk 6 – Cristina Lo Celso (Imperial College London, UK)
17h20-18h20 Andy Ewald (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Cristina Lo Celso (Imperial College London, UK)

Eric Solary (Gustave Roussy, France)

Dialogue: Do liquid cancers metastasize?
19h Wine and Cheese
March 5th Conceptualizing and modeling the role of the microbiome in cancer growth and dissemination
09h30-10h20 talk 1 – TBD
10h20-11h10 talk 2 – Maria Rescigno (Humanitas University, Italia)
pause (30′)
11h40-12h30 talk 3 – Orsolya Vincze (ImmunoConcEpT, Bordeaux & La Rochelle University, France)
lunch (1h30)
14h00-14h50 talk 4 – Gregory Sepich-Poore (UC San Diego, USA)
14h50-15h40 talk 5 – Lucie Laplane (Univ. Paris 1 & Gustave Roussy, France) “Multi-species clonal evolution”
pause (30′)
16h10-17h00 talk 6 – Carlo Maley, (Arizona State University, USA) “Cancer across species”
March 6th selected abstract
09h30-10h selected talk 1
10h-10h30 selected talk 2
10h30-11h selected talk 3
11h30-12h selected talk 4
12h-12h30 selected talk 5
12h30-13h selected talk 6

Call for abstracts

The 6th Philosophy of Cancer Biology workshop will be held in Bordeaux, France, from March 4th to March 6th, 2024. Although invited talks will focus on the two topics of cancer microbiome and cancer metastasis, the call for abstracts is open to all emerging conceptual and theoretical issues in cancer research. Selected abstracts will have 15 minutes allocated for their talks followed by 15 minutes of discussion.

The conference is free and open to all researchers.

Young researchers can apply for a grant to help cover the cost of their travel and accommodation. Please contact Thomas Pradeu and Lucie Laplane

Abstracts must be submitted here ( https://forms.gle/CZo357M524Qy5mVu7 ) by Nov 30th. They will be anonymized and evaluated by the scientific committee. Notifications will be sent by December 22nd.

Submissions should contain:

–   Title of talk

–   Author(s). In case of multiple authors please indicate who will present.

–   Institutional affiliation(s)

–     Research field

–   Position

–   Abstract (no longer than 500 words). The abstract must identify a clear biological and/or medical problem and provide an answer to that problem using conceptual, theoretical, and/or philosophical tools. The scientific committee particularly welcomes interdisciplinary submissions as well as submissions that state explicitly what difference their proposal makes to scientific and medical practices.


  • Moore Foundation (PI: T. Pradeu)
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