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From 2nd to 6th September in Taormina (Italy), the 12th European Conference on Artificial Life, ECAL 2013 will be held, organised by the International Society of Artificial Life. This biennial event, held alternately with conferences in the US, aims to explore Artificial Life as a transdisciplinary effort to investigate the fundamental properties of living systems through the simulation and synthesis of biological processes and entities.

As the organisers say, “in the past two decades, biological knowledge has grown at an unprecedented rate, creating new disciplines such as systems biology […] During this same period, ideas that belonged to the realm of speculation have reached maturity and are now the subject of articles and lectures.” In order to provide a review of current issues relating to Artificial Life, ECAL 2013 has invited biologists, engineers, physicists and mathematicians to share their thoughts on the current definition of what constitutes “life”.

Keynotes speakers include Dr. Rolf Pfeifer, who also took part in the International Artificial Life Seminar held in November 2012 at Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid.