How to participate

The conferences would aim to foster dialogue between the present actors, as well as to promote writing activities (e.g., grants and papers) between researchers that may otherwise not have collaborated. By requiring that presenters discuss topics of broad social relevance, we will promote the collaboration of actors in psychiatry, mathematics, physics, neurosciences, psychology, and the humanities.

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Call for Papers and Posters on Active inference and collective intelligence

You are invited to submit an abstract for a presentation at the Cognitio 2021 – Active inference and collective intelligence, organized by the Cognitive Sciences Institute (ISC) at UQAM, Montreal.

Related to deep learning and predictive coding, Active inference has had many practical applications in recent years. It has been used to gain insights and elucidate the dynamics underlying things (Friston, 2019), the multiscale nervous system (Friston,  Zeidman, Fagerholm,  Zarghami, Parr,  Hipólito,  Magrou,  & Razi, 2020 ; Hipólito, Ramstead, Convertino,  Bhat,  Friston,  Parr,  2021), organisms interacting with the environment (Veissière, Constant, Ramstead, Friston,  & Kirmayer, 2020), all the way up to forms of collective intelligence.

The aim of this colloquium is to collect and discuss insights upon forms of collective intelligence using the increasingly insightful tool of active inference under dynamical causal modelling. Specifically, this event focuses on using the insights on collective intelligence for action. The end goal of the colloquium is to (1) gain insights on active inference as a tool; (2) gain insights of collective intelligence of societal organization, or “epistemic communities”, through the lens of active inference; (3) collect insights on real-world ways of implementing real change towards human and social development, where this include climate change, sustainability, as well as societal segregation, discrimination and minority issues.

Graduates, postgraduates and postdoctoral students will gather to discuss how to use active inference as a means to promote social justice, and improve communication across multiple perspectives and disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, linguistics, education, neuroscience, anthropology, cognitive computing, but also biological sciences, chemistry and physics. Talks and poster presentations from young researchers affiliated with a university or a research centre and working on active inference in any of these fields are welcome. Collaborative submissions (more than one discipline and more than two young researchers) will be prioritized. We especially welcome proposals from scholars with backgrounds that are underrepresented in publishing and academia (including women, ethnic minority scientists, scientists with disabilities, researchers of the global south, and other underrepresented groups).


The topics of the event include (but are not limited to):

  1. Active inference (as well as deep learning and predictive coding)

  2. Active inference for collective intelligence

  3. Collective action for human and social development

Encouraged sub-themes for original presentations are:

  • Active inference and transparency

  • Designing active inference models that promote social justice

  • Ensuring representativity in active inference research

  • Social issues that can be modeled via active inference

  • Neo-materialist and feminist studies of active inference

  • Contributions of post/decolonial perspectives on active inference research

  • Active inference models of epistemic injustice

  • Focusing on bridging gaps and forming a common language through active inference

  • Learning, Teaching and Communicating about Active inference

  • The state of the active inference field as it pertains to diversity

  • Appropriation of the active inference tool for capitalistic purposes

  • The agency of the researcher in ensuring such tools are used for social good

  • Similar themes involving deep learning and predictive coding



Friston, K. (2019). A free energy principle for a particular physics. arXiv preprint arXiv:1906.10184.

Friston, K., Zeidman, P., Fagerholm, E., Zarghami, T., Parr, T., Hipólito, I., Magrou, L. & Razi, A. (2020) Parcels and particles: Markov blankets in the brain. Network Neuroscience

Hipólito, I. Ramstead, M., Convertino, L., Bhat, A. Friston, K. Parr, T. (2021). Markov Blankets in the Brain. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

Veissière, S. P., Constant, A., Ramstead, M. J., Friston, K. J., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2020).

Guidelines for submission

All submissions must be made through the EasyChair system -


If you don’t have an EasyChair account, click on the "create an account " tab and follow the instructions. When you are connected, click the "New Submission" tab.

Your submission must include:

  • A title

  • An abstract of about 350 words (2500 characters, spaces included)

  • Full name, affiliation and email address of the author and co-authors.

  • A minimum of 3 keywords

  • The theme relevant to your poster/talk/paper and the discipline(s) studied


The submission deadline is March 19, 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be sent to authors by April 9, 2021 with guidelines.