ALIFE 2019

29th July — 2nd August 2019

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Important Dates

Workshops & Tutorial Proposals 23 January 2019
Workshops & Tutorial Notification 30 January 2019
Paper & Abstract Submission 8 March 2019 15 March 2019
Paper & Abstract Notification 24 April 2019
Early-bird Registration Deadline TBD
Camera Ready Submission 24 May 2019
Poster Submission TBD
Poster Notification TBD
Registration Closes TBD

A Hybrid of ECAL and ALIFE

The International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE) and European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) conferences are the major meeting of the artificial life research community since 1987 and 1991, respectively. Since 2018, these two conferences have merged into the annual Conference on Artificial Life. The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, from 29 July - 2 August 2019.

How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges?

Artificial Life has historically been regarded by its adversaries as an academic “hobby” with little relation to real life. We feel that these days are past, as in fact, our interdisciplinary and constantly self-innovating discipline brings together a set of skills and perspectives with a unique potential to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times. The theme “How can Artificial Life help to solve Societal Challenges” will run through the conference in the shape of keynote presentations and satellite events that apply Artificial Life principles to research on sustainable technologies, bioremediation, urban development and environmental planning, alternative societies a.s.o.

But more than merely theming presentations, ALIFE2019 in Newcastle plans to revisit the very way academic conferences are run: a balanced amount of remote talks as well as broadcasting of presentations in order to reduce CO2 emissions, carbon-offset bursaries that allow participants to diminish their ecological footprint, locally sourced catering – these are just a few of the ideas that the organizers will explore, so that us academics can realize some of the change we are advocating for.

Keynote Speakers

Barry McMullin

Barry McMullin
Dublin City University

Alex Penn

Alex Penn
University of Surrey

Armando Geller

Armando Geller
positif.ly | trovero | scensei

Stefano Battiston

Stefano Battiston
University of Zurich

Roberto Serra

Roberto Serra
University of Modena

Kate Adamala

Kate Adamala
University of Minnesota

Nicola Patrón

Nicola Patrón
Earlham Institute

Ioannis Ieropoulos

Ioannis Ieropoulos
University of Bristol

Designer Biology

Simultaneously to ALIFE 2019, Newcastle University will also host the Designer Biology 2019 conference, which aims to bring together young and established scientists working in the field of bioengineering/synthetic biology. The scope is to discuss different applications, ranging from the engineering of organisms, proteins, and the engineering of functionalized bio-based and bio-inspired materials. With the growing overlap of Wet Artificial Life and Synthetic Biology, we welcome interested participants of both meetings to also take part in the other event. As organizers we further try to explore synergies of these fields by sharing keynote presentations and holding a joint panel discussion.