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24.02.20: Important information regarding the COVID-19 outbreaks has been added. The full abstractbook is now available as a PDF download.

12.02.20: Additional places for fully booked courses have been added.

10.02.20: Detailed information and the registration for Blackboard Teaching, Computer Practicals & Workshops has been added.

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28.12.19: The Registration and abstract submission deadline has been extended to January 9th, 2020.

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Advanced Lecture Course on Systems Biology

March 7 - March 13, 2020
Hotel Grauer Bär, Innsbruck, Austria


On behalf of the Scientific Advisory Board, it is a pleasure to invite you to the Advanced Lecture Course on Systems Biology.

Systems Biology is one of the most prominent newly emerging interdisciplinary science areas. By connecting fields such as genomics, proteomics, cell biology, medicine, molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, with mathematics, bioinformatics, engineering and computation, it enables discovery of yet unknown principles underlying the functioning of living cells. At the same time testable and predictive models of complex cellular pathways and eventually of whole cells are generated, which are useful for efficient experimental design and bioengineering and the network-based design of drugs and therapies. This advanced lecture course will cover essential and state-of-the-art aspects of SysBio from principles and methods through the modeling of living systems to applications in biotechnology and medicine.

We were able to commit many leading experts to participate as lecturers, tutors, black-board teachers and informal poster discussants and we are thus confident that this course will be an outstanding lecture course with an exquisite scientific program. It will open the doors for regular student training in Systems Biology in Europe, provide a basis for a human network of young Systems Biology experts, and provide a centre for other Systems Biology discussions between scientists and funders.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Innsbruck, Austria.

The Course Organizers

Bas Teusink (NL) Ursula Kummer (DE) Edda Klipp (DE)
Uwe Sauer (CH) Karl Kuchler (AT)  

News: UPDATE on COVID: SysBio2020 will take place as originally planned

Dear SysBio2020 participants, colleagues, friends and students:

As you know, the opening of SysBio2020 is just 12 days ahead of us, taking place from March 7-13, in Innsbruck Austria.

The recent developments around the COVID-19 outbreaks in China and most recently in Northern Italy, have been a concern for Austrian health authorities, but perhaps also for some of you. Needless to state that the current media coverage is not really helping to eradicate fears, rather the opposite is true.

As of today, there are no restrictions or public health alerts concerning travel to Austria or to Innsbruck. All authorities are on a high-alert status, but for now, governmental travel warnings or restrictions for going to Innsbruck have not been issued. Airport traffic is normal in Vienna and in Innsbruck, and train traffic from the north or south, east or west to Innsbruck is not affected right now. People arriving in Vienna by direct flights from high-risk regions in China are subject to health monitoring upon arrival in Vienna.  

Should unforeseen critical developments emerging within the next 3 days require or even demand a cancelation of SysBio2020, we will inform all participants accordingly on Thursday, March 5, just prior to start of travel. We do realize that flights and travel have been booked by now, but this situation is out of our control. I wish to emphasize that a cancelation scenario is highly unlikely at this point, but of course we cannot fully exclude it.

Importantly, we would respect if any participant opts to cancel his/her participation at this late stage. Unfortunately, as of now, we will most likely not be able to provide even partial refunds of the registration fees, because we have passed the contractual deadline with the hotel where refunds are possible. Importantly, we will have a meeting with the venue management as soon as possible to discuss all scenarios and options. We will engage in negotiations to see if we are able to get at least partial refunds for participants who wished to cancel their participation

In conclusion, SysBio2020 will take place as originally planned. As sanitary precautions, we will organize stations for hand disinfection placed throughout the hotel venue. I have been in close contact with federal authorities and scientists of the Medical University of Innsbruck, who are in charge of all diagnostic testing and healthcare precautions for visitors to Innsbruck. We will receive first-hand information in case of any breaking developments during the next week.
Despite these developments, we are looking forward to seeing you in Innsbruck and to having a stimulating SysBio2020 course. Please stay tuned for new developments and read your e-mails in the coming days. Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail in case of any further questions.

The SysBio2020 Organizers


Jaochim Herzfeld Stiftung SynCrop BMBF

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