First Global Biophilia Summit

  • Call for Presentations (in partnership with www.pandisciplinary.net)
  • Location: Mount Mellary Monastery, County Waterford, Ireland
  • Dates: June 18-20, 2018

Conference Fee: From €380 (Includes accommodation, all meals, tea/coffee breaks, and return transport from Dublin to the monastery)

The theory of biophilia proposes that in the earth’s biosphere, all living things – both non-human and human – are inextricably linked and innately motivated to interact with other species. When our motivations demonstrate the characteristics of awe, reverence, respect, and empathy, these inter-species interests and interactions can be mutually beneficial psychologically, biologically, emotionally, and spiritually in ways that encourage the species’ survival, evolution, development, and ability to flourish. We can live in harmony with nature. Conversely, when these inter-species interests and interaction are plagued by egocentrism, self-serving biases, devaluation, and domination of one species by another, the outcomes can be catastrophic across the entire biosphere, resulting in the decimation, destruction, and/or extinction of both known and yet-to-be discovered species.

The biophilia perspective provides a fertile ground (pun intended) for the intersection of theory and praxis. This exciting international Summit will allow access opportunities to a diverse group of individuals who originate from a variety of disciplines and careers yet who share a common interest in, and love for, Nature. Since the survival and well-being of the species who share our biosphere is approaching crisis point, this Summit is designed to facilitate a free exchange of ideas as well as to encourage communication and collaboration among the participants before, during and after the proceedings.

Among the delegates who we would encourage to attend are: conservationists, zoologists, philosophers, botanists, psychologists, climate scientists, NGOs, creative artists, biologists, educators, sociologists,  therapists, cultural theorists, counsellors, teachers, musicians, medical professionals, writers, pharmacologists, clergy, neuroscientists, theologians, parents, political scientists, hospitality industry or tourism professionals, public relations and advertising professionals, economists, journalists, reseachers, and anyone else who has a contribution to make regarding the biophilia perspective.

As we explore the manifold aspects of the concept of biophila, we encourage participants to think outside the limits of their own discipline, and to explore the implications for practice of biophilia and the related theories and perspectives that they espouse. In better understanding biophila, we can establish a more personal one-to-one relationship with Nature, and have a role in raising the awareness of the communities of which we are a part. As Albert Einstein said:

Look into Nature and you will understand everything else better. Not make use of the world, but to understand it …”

We welcome traditional papers, panels and workshop proposals, as well as other forms of presentation platforms (art, poetry, posters, video submissions, and so on), given the interdisciplinary nature of the Summit, and recognising that different groups express themselves in various formats and mediums.