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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.

07.01.20: The Programme grid has been added.

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

28.11.19: Information on the social event is updated.


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Scientific Programme

Update: 24.02.20: The full abstractbook is now available as a PDF download.

Scientific Programme

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.

Sessions and Invited Speakers

Keynote speakers:
Opening Keynote: Judith Zaugg (EMBL Heidelberg)
Closing Keynote:
Ruedi Aebersold (ETH Zurich, CH)

  1. Precision medicine and multi-omics data integration: signalling
    • Carlos Lopez (Vanderbilt University, US)
    • Mariko Okada (Osaka University, JP)
    • Julio Saez-Rodriguez (Heidelberg University Hospital, DE)
  2. Precision medicine and multi-omics data integration: metabolism
    • Markus Ralser (Charite, DE)
    • Barbara Bakker (Groningen, NL)
    • Eytan Ruppin (NIH/NCI, US)
  3. Single-cell and synthetic biology – co-organised by ITN SynCrop
    • Zoya Ignatova (Hamburg, DE)
    • Yvonne Chen (UCLA, US)
    • Matthias Heinemann (Groningen, NL)
  4. Complex dynamics and models
    • Mustafa Khammash (ETH Zurich, CH)
    • Hana El-Samad (UCSF, US)
    • Ursula Kummer (Heidelberg, DE)
  5. Ecosystems and multicellular systems
    • Michael Zimmermann (EMBL)
    • Kiran Patil (EMBL)
    • Jochen Kursawe (University of St. Andrews, UK)

Programme grid

Program grid

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. Detailed information about the Blackboard Teaching & Computer Practicals can be found here.

Blackboard Teaching
Frank Bruggeman (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) BB01:Why genetically-identical single cells differ
Bas Teusink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) BB03: Constrained based modeling of metabolic networks and cellular growth
Edda Klipp (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) BB05: Introduction into dynamic modeling
Franziska Matthaeus (Goethe University Frankfurt) BB04: Modeling spatio-temporal processes
Maria Zimmermann (EMBL Heidelberg) BB02: Machine learning and data analysis for systems biology
Miguel Valderrama-Gomez (University of California) BB06: Design, analysis & modeling of biological systems without prior knowledge of mechanistic parameter values

Computer Practicals

Computer practicals will demonstrate modern modeling and data analysis tools hand on. Students are required to bring their own laptops to the practicals as the organizers do not provide laptops. Detailed information about the Blackboard Teaching & Computer Practicals can be found here.

Computer Practicals
Douwe Molenaar (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
CP02: Statistics with R
Sven Sahle (University of Heidelberg) CP01: Advanced modeling and parameter estimation with COPASI
Ronan Fleming (University of Leiden) CP03: The COBRA Toolbox -An introduction to the constraint-based reconstruction and analysis toolbox v3.0

Software for Computer Practicals:

Please make sure that your Laptop fullfills the requirements for your selected computer practicals and that any required software is installed prior to the practicals.


On Thursday March 12 two parallel workshops will take place. Particpants can choose to participate in one of them via the Course selection page.

Rune Linding (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
WS01: Career Paths in Systems Biology
Jingyi Hou (EMBO Press, Heidelberg) WS02: How to write a good abstract

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.

UPDATE: Please deliver your presentation on a USB-Stick at least two hours before your talk is sheduled. We will supply OS X and Windows Laptops for your presentations. Available software for presentations includes Adobe Acrobat 10, Keynote (OS X), Microsoft Powerpoint (Win: 2016, OS X: 2019). The preferred presentation type is Powerpoint. For any special requirements please contact the meeting office.

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 intensive discussions about the posters 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 x 35 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.

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 shall receive the "SysBio Young Investigator Award".

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