The IAOA has worked on a new educational effort under the name Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO) that shall be suited for learning about topics of Applied Ontology, primarily established basics and foundations. The series is inspired by the Interdisciplinary Schools on Applied Ontology (ISAO) (next edition in 2023), but — in times of the Corona pandemic — it is complementary in format and its overall approach. The basic idea is a combination of an archive of educational material (for the beginning, short video lectures) and a series of webinars for presenting and discussing that material.

The second Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BoSK 2021) includes a Launch Event for this new series, which offers a number of webinar sessions according to the new format on a single day.

The ESAO Launch Day will be held in hybrid format on Sep 10, 2021 (Friday), preceding the FOIS conference (Sep 13-16, 2021) [5] in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Hybrid means that the experts and the audience can join locally or remotely. The physical event will take place at the Kolpinghaus Bozen, Largo Adolph Kolping 3, Bolzano, Italy.

The Launch Day as well as the overall ESAO Series is open for and welcomes students, researchers and practitioners alike.

(all times are specified in CEST, the time zone of Bolzano)

10:00-10:20 Introduction

10:20-11:15 Session 1
* Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Twente and
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
“Applied Ontology and Conceptual Modeling” (keynote talk)

11:30-12:30 Session 2
* Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
“Conceptual schemas and ontologies for data access:
myths and challenges”
* Nicola Guarino, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), Italy
“Computational ontologies and their logical models”

14:15-15:15 Session 3
* Antony Galton, University of Exeter, UK
“Time and Ontology”
* Elisabetta Jezek, University of Pavia, Italy
“Events and their participants in verb semantics”

15:15-15:30 Bar camp presentation & opening of topic polls

16:00-17:00 Session 4
* Barry Smith, University at Buffalo, USA
“On Realizables: Roles, Dispositions, Capabilities, Functions”
* Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
“Ontology Engineering”

17:00-18:00 Bar camp session

20:00 Local social event

For possible updates of the agenda, please cf. the ESAO website


Please register on the BoSK registration page by August 31 for physical participation and by September 08 for remote participation.

Registration to the ESAO Launch Event is unlimited for remote participation and restricted to 25 participants for physical participation.

There is no registration fee both for remote and physical participation.
However, for physical participation there will be a no-show fee of 40€ if you are registered but do not attend without having cancelled by August 31st.

You are encouraged to indicate your willingness to register for free to the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) at the time of registration.


Members of the Education Technical Committee of IAOA
and among those primarily (in alphabetical order):
* Oliver Kutz
* Frank Loebe
* Sandra Lovrenčić
* Daniele Porello
* Cassia Trojahn
* Laure Vieu

Local organisation at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy:
* Oliver Kutz
* Nicolas Troquard


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