Philosophy of Biology UCMadrid Group

About us

BioKoinos is a Philosophy of Biology Research Group based at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). We work at the crossroads of metaphysics, epistemology, and the history of the life sciences. We do collaborative research, and also organize regular reading groups, colloquia, and workshops (check out our events).

Our research is mainly centred on metaphysics of biology, philosophy of evolutionary biology, philosophy of developmental biology, and philosophy of evo-devo, but it also extends to philosophy of other subfields of biology, or of related fields, such as medicine. 

Check out our current research projects and the particular research interests of members of the group.



BioKoinos Research Seminar

Juan Carlos Gallego-Gómez (University of Antioquia) - The Biography of the Cell as an Epistemic-Scientific Object

11 December 2023

11:00 - 13:00h

Room: Seminario 30, Facultad de Filosofía (Edificio A, 3ª planta), Universidad Complutense de Madrid


María Antonia González Valerio (UAM) - Un proyecto de filosofía natural entre la ontología y la estética. Perspectivas y alcances

15 January 2024

11:00 - 13:00h

Room: Seminario 30, Facultad de Filosofía (Edificio A, 3ª planta), Universidad Complutense de Madrid


Current visitors

We are happy to welcome Juan Carlos Gallego-Gómez (University of Antioquia) and David Cortés García (University of the Basque Country), who this fall are joining BioKoinos as visitors. 

Check out their projects here.


PhD fellowship - Call for expressions of interest

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation is about to announce a PhD fellowship to carry out a doctoral dissertation in the context of the Research Project "Metaphysics of Biology: Processes and Dispositions" (REF# PID2021-127184NB-100), carried out at BioKoinos.

BioKoinos seeks a candidate willing to develop his/her research project on any topic related to the theme of the project. Approaches can be more metaphysical (how to develop metaphysical theories to apply/use them in the philosophy of biology) or more biological (elucidation of classic or new issues in the philosophy of biology by appeal/use of metaphysical notions). The PhD project will be supervised by María Cerezo and/or Laura Nuño de la Rosa, coordinators of BioKoinos, depending on the content of the proposal.

Expressions of interest should be sent to and Candidates should attach their CVs, a one-page expression of interest, and a sample work (it can be a published paper or a graduate essay that the candidate considers of representative quality; around 5000 words). We might ask for further information and/or appoint an online meeting if it were necessary for the selection process.

Deadline: January 3rd, 2023.

We inform eligible candidates that they will have to submit an official application to the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, through its website. We will announce when this official call is open.

New Project

We have a new research project: 

Metaphysics of Biology: Processes and Dispositions [PID2021-127184NB-I00].

More information here.