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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Petition referred to in the obituary of Helge Ole Bergesen, former UiS research director

Former research director at University of Stavanger (UiS), Helge Ole Bergesen, died on June 29th. In an obituary in Stavanger Aftenblad ("Helge Ole Bergen er død" [Helge Ole Bergen is dead]), the newspaper refers to the petition for restructuring at UiS (see previous posts) that I wrote and co-initiated last autumn, which was signed by Bergesen.

Excerpt (my translation):
[...] he was among the researchers who last autumn signed the petition that demanded a restructuring at UiS, towards a research profile that points forward and takes climate change into account.

16th Gathering in Biosemiotics to be held in Prague

At the General Assembly of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies a few days ago (see separate post), it was disclosed, suggested and decided that the 16th Gathering in Biosemiotics will take place in Prague, the Czech Republic, next summer - convened by Karel Kleisner. It has furthermore been indicated that the 17th gathering might be held in Lausanne, Switzerland (though a decision will only be made next summer).

Monday, 6 July 2015

ISBS General Assembly attended; Kalevi Kull new President of biosemiotic society

On July 2nd, in Copenhagen (during the 15th gathering in biosemiotics), I attended the General Assembly of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS). At the meeting, Jesper Hoffmeyer stepped down as President of the ISBS, and Kalevi Kull was elected new President, the society´s second.

Photos from 2nd code biology conference

Photos from the 2nd International Conference in Code Biology (Jena June 16-20th) are now available online

Photo of me presenting at the 2nd International Conference in Code Biology.

Lunch break. Thinking, or just digesting?

Another photo from my presentation - with title slide.

Me left, President Johnson right.

Talking with Jannie Hofmeyr (left) and Tim Ireland (right) outside the conference dinner venue.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Editorial board meeting of Biosemiotics in Copenhagen attended

Yesterday I attended the annual editorial board meeting of the academic journal Biosemiotics, which took place during the 15th Gathering in Biosemiotics (Copenhagen June 30 - July 4) and was chaired by Alexei Sharov. Some 20-30 people were present. 

Chapter on mentions of animals in Norwegian political programs evaluated; to be revised

Yesterday I received feedback on my chapter "A critical reading of mentions of animals in Norwegian political party programs". A revision is due November 1st.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

2014 activities of project "Animals in changing environments" well received

The 2014 activities of the Estonian-Norwegian research project "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis" (EMP151) have been positively reviewed. The reviewer states the project has involved "a wealth of activities" and that it is "an excellent and well managed project".