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Scientific Programme

Updated InformationThe final version of the programme can be downloaded as PDF. Last Update: 3rd March 2009 (now printable!).

Plenary Symposia

Plenary Symposia will each be introduced and moderated by the indicated chair person. Lecturers will then discuss their methodologies, discuss these in detail with the students and then show their most recent Systems Biology discoveries.

  • Symposium F: Foundations of Systems Biology
    (Chair - Erik Mosekilde)
    C Goble, R Aebersold, U Sauer

    Systems Biology depends on Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry on the one hand, but also on fundamental Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. In addition it has its own principles, such as those of emergence, self-organization, heterogeneous dynamics, nonlinear stochastics, hysteresis and robustness. Furthermore, it has its own methodologies, or modifications of existing methodologies that are essential for systems biology. It is these methodological foundations that are the focus of this symposium.

  • Symposium S: Systems Biology in Space
    (Chair - Hans Westerhoff)
    P Bastiaens, M White, B Kholodenko

    Until now most of Systems Biology has focused on describing biochemical, gene expression or signal transduction networks in terms of changes in cell-wide concentrations with time. Less attention has been paid to the fact that these processes are also occurring in space. This symposium will address how movement of molecules through the cell is important for biological function and how microscopic structures influence non spatial processes.

  • Symposium P: The proof of the pudding
    (Chair - Uwe Sauer)
    E Klipp, S Hohmann, J Beggs, I Goryanin, R Brent

    The topics of this symposium are the experimental validations of principles discovered by theoretical Systems Biology, as well as demonstrating that Systems Biology is a worthy new science and showing that Systems Biology can actually deliver something more than traditional sciences.

  • Symposium G: The dynamic genome
    (Chair - Frank Bruggeman)
    C Carlberg, J Ferrell, B Novak

    There are nice models in which repressor proteins bind to inducers and then drop off the DNA to give way to RNA polymerase. Somehow this model is not sufficient for understanding gene-expression regulation. The genetic material itself dos not seem to be constant. It can be supercoiled, brought into active or inactive states though interactions with DNA binding proteins, which may in turn be modified covalently. This then may lead to epigenetic effects. Systems Biology will soon play an important role here, as many dynamic processes concur at various scales in the dimensions of time, space and chemistry.

  • Symposium W: Making Systems Biology work
    (Chair – Adriano Henney)
    R Weiss, D de Graaf, P Tass, S-Y Lee

    Most of the diseases of mankind today are multifactorial. Thereby they tend to escape the therapies that target single molecules. The same issue limits the success of metabolic engineering. It is a new kind of, Systems Biology minded, engineering that should now produce progress. This symposium will highlight the new systems methodologies.

The SysBio Course will be enriched by a Keynote Plenary Lecture (t.b.a). Denis Noble will deliver a Final Keynote Address to conclude FEBS-SysBio2009. Both lectures will address the man-on-the-moon like program towards the virtual/digital human.

List of Confirmed Invited Lecturers & Chairs

Last update: 3. Nov. 2008

Ruedi Aebersold Carole GobleBela Novak
Philippe Bastiaens Igor GoryaninJaroslav Stark
Jean Beggs Adriano Henney Peter Tass
Roger Brent Stefan Hohmann Bas Teusink
Carsten Carlberg Boris Kholodenko Ron Weiss
David de Graaf Ursula Klingmüller Mike White
David Fell Sang Yup Lee  
James Ferrell Erik Mosekilde  

Oral Presentations

Selected "Short Talks" will be delivered during afternoon sessions by principal investigators, graduate students and postdocs. These presentations will be selected by the Scientific Advisory Board on the basis of submitted abstracts. All selected speakers will be notified by e-mail to submit study material in PDF-format about their talk for the students.

NewPlease deliver your presentation on a USB-Stick at least two hours before your talk is sheduled. We will supply OS X 10.4 and Windows Vista Laptops for your presentations. Available software for presentations includes Adobe Acrobat 9, Keynote 2008 (OS X), Microsoft Powerpoint (Win: 2007, OS X: 2008), OpenOffice 3.0 as well as Quicktime and common audio/video codecs. The preferred presentation type is Powerpoint. For any special requirements please contact us under info@febs-sysbio2009.org.

Poster Sessions

The poster session represents a vital part of the SysBio Course. All abstracts not selected for oral presentations will be on display as posters during the entire course to provide ample time for informal discussions among students, participants and lecturers. In small-group sessions lecturers will provoke New intensive discussions about the posters(Details as PDF) and about careers and research plans with the individual students.

Poster size: The maximum allowed size for a poster is 120cm height by 90cm width (=47" h x 35" w [inches]). The posters will by attached to the boards via adhesive tape, which will be supplied by the organizer. If you have not been notified about giving an oral presentation, you have been selected for a poster presentation.

Blackboard Teaching

In Black board teaching sessions teachers carefully selected for this mode will explain in the simplest possible terms and in highly interactive mode, principles and methodologies. For more information on the Blackboard Teaching courses please see Courses information section.

Computer Practicals

Computer practicals will demonstrate modern modeling and data analysis tools hand on. UPDATE: Students are advised to bring if possible their own laptops to the practicals as the number of laptops provided by the organizers will be limited. The software used for the practicals will be made available for download from this website and also at the course site. For more information on the Computer courses please see Courses information section.


Lecturers will explain their systems biology methodology in detail in interaction with the students during tutorial sessions.

Precourse Teaching

On Saturday March 7, two optional parallel preparatory courses will be held from 9:00-17:00. These are supposed to serve the strong in mind but feeble at heart in either Mathematics for Biologists, or Cell Biology for Systems Biologists.  Ursula Klingmueller will teach a preparatory course for the latter and David Fell one for the former.

Registering for either one of these courses will require an extra night’s accommodation and meals, which we will book for you and it will require us to charge an extra 75 euro registration fee. Please be aware that the number of places for these two preparatory courses are limited to 20 students each and acceptance for these courses will be communicated by the organizers.

Young Investigator Awards

All abstracts with graduate students or postdoctoral fellows as first authors are subject to scientific evaluation by selected members of the SAB. The best abstract in each topic (5 in total) shall receive the "SysBio2009 Young Investigator Award".

Satellite meetings

Several satellite meetings are being planned, e.g. EraSysBio, MOSES/SysMO (please check the satellite meetings section or the respective website for information and updates)

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Ruedi Aebersold Lilia Alberghina Uri Alon
Barbara Bakker Marta Cascante Igor Goryanin
Stefan Hohmann Douglas Kell Boris Kholodenko
Hiroaki Kitano Ursula Klingmüller Ursula Kummer
Sang Yup Lee Erik Mosekilde Steve Oliver
Bernhard Palsson Masaru Tomita Roel van Driel
Barry Wanner Jacky Snoep