2021 Gatherings

21st Annual Gatherings in Biosemiotics

July 26-29, 2021

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Gatherings in Biosemiotics is the annual meeting for the study of sign processes in life processes.

Researchers interested in the intersection of meaning-making and biology are the backbone of our interdisciplinary undertaking, and we welcome thoughtful submissions from scholars in any discipline relevant to a deeper understanding of the role of signs in life.

The call for papers has now officially closed. Please register below for the 2021 Gatherings.

Held under the auspices of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies, the Society has decided that, due to the ongoing uncertainties of the current Covid-19 situation, we must be maximally flexible in our arrangements this year. Accordingly, we will be attempting to host a hybrid conference with that will take place primarily online, with the possibility of a small in-person component in Stockholm, Sweden in conjunction with Nora Bateson and the Bateson Institute, for those participants who wish to, and are able to, travel there. The dates for the conference will be Monday July 26 to Thursday July 29, and more information about both the online and the in-person component will be made public when they become available.

Registration information:

The ability to view (or virtually “attend”) the conference is free to everyone, and the link to the website will appear on this website closer to the conference date.



For those whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference, the Society has set the Registration Fee for online presenters at 75 Euro, with an additional 25 Euro surcharge for in-person presenters, this surcharge to be paid on-site in Sweden.


Students whose papers have been accepted for presentation will be granted a reduced registration fee of 35 Euro, whether online or in-person.


Poster Presenters pay 25 Euro.
After notification of acceptance, presenters may pay their registration fees via credit card or PayPal via the button below. You will receive a receipt in your email. If this doesn’t work for whatever reason, please email biosemiotics2021@gmail.com

GATHERINGS IN BIOSEMIOTICS 2021

If you are not presenting, but wish to attend (via Zoom), please provide your information below so we can send you a link. Again, there is no need to pay – attendance (for non-presenters) is gratis.

All talks will be schedule for 30 minutes, including Q&A discussion time, to be apportioned however you see fit. We particularly welcome conference presentations in the following research areas:

· Biosemiotic approaches to biology

· The implications of biosemiotics to philosophy and the humanities

· History and epistemology of biosemiotics

· Semiotic approaches in theoretical biology

· Evolution and ontogeny of semiotic mechanisms

· Modelling of semiosis and semiotic networks

· Endosemiotics

· Interspecies semiosis

· Experimental biosemiotics

· Ecosemiotics

· Biosemiotics of health and disease

· Umwelt studies and phenomenology

· Cultural implications of biosemiotics

Additional information about the Gathering can be found at: https://www.biosemiotics.org/2021-gatherings/  

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gatherings!

The Organizing Committee of the 21st Annual Gatherings in Biosemiotics