This course type is computational

In Silico Systems Biology

03 - 08 July 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    Systems biology is now an established and fundamental field in life
    sciences. It has facilitated the move from the identification of
    molecular ‘parts lists’ for living organisms towards integrating
    information from different ‘omics’-based approaches with our knowledge on
    the underlying biochemical mechanisms, to generate and test new
    hypotheses about how biological systems work. 

    This popular computational course, run jointly with EMBL-EBI, will provide participants with
    an overview of modelling approaches and an introduction to network
    analysis. The course will combine lectures, practical sessions and group
    activities, and there will be opportunities for discussion of current
    trends in the field.

    Target audience
    The course is aimed at PhD students and researchers with a minimum of one
    year experience in the field of systems biology modelling, and who are
    using systems-based modelling approaches to understand biological and
    biomedical problems.

    Feedback from the 2015 course
    “Really excellent course, thank you very much, ideally pitched (for a
    biologist with a keen interest in modelling but
    very basic math/programming skills) and very comprehensive.”
    “Thanks, the course gave me a really good overview of the available
    methodology and tools.”
    “I learned a lot of extremely useful things that gave me direction and
    ideas for my current project but also for my
    post-PhD career.”
    “Thank you very much for the course, I will recommend it to my
    colleagues.”

  • Programme

    The programme will include lecture and practical computational sessions
    covering the following topics:

    • Qualitative Modelling: modelling and simulation of  networks using logic approaches and analysis of their dynamic properties
    • Quantitative Modelling: Chemical kinetics, constraint-based modelling and stochastic simulations, including spatial representations
    • Network Analysis and Pathway Enrichment
    • Model Sharing: how to encode and annotate models

    Learning Objectives
    After this course you should be able to:

    • Identify strengths and weaknesses in a variety of systems biology modelling approaches
    • Use a range of bioinformatics and modelling software to develop predictive and mechanistic models
    • Access, query and retrieve models from public repositories for systems biology
    • Use data standards in your work
    • Identify an appropriate modelling approach for a given biological question and dataset
  • Instructors / Speakers

    Scientific Organising Committee
    Nicolas Le Novère Babraham Institute, UK
    Julio Saez-Rodriguez RWTH-Aachen, Germany & EMBL-EBI, UK
    Karin Sasaki EMBL, Germany
    Laura Emery EMBL-EBI, UK

    Course Trainers
    Nicolas Le Novère Babraham Institute, UK
    Julio Saez-Rodriguez RWTH-Aachen, Germany & EMBL-EBI, UK
    Kiran Patil EMBL, Germany
    Karin Sasaki EMBL, Germany
    Pablo Porras EMBL-EBI, UK
    Javier De Las Rivas Bioinformatics & Functional Genomics Group,  CSIC/USAL, Salamanca, Spain
    Sven Sahle BioQuant, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    Jörg Stelling ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Sarah Keating EMBL-EBI, UK
    Laurence Calzone Institut Curie, France
    Vijayalakshmi Chelliah EMBL-EBI, UK
    Emanuel Goncalves EMBL-EBI, UK
    Karen Lipkow University of Cambridge, UK
    Nicolas Rodriguez Babraham Institute, UK
    Bhupinder Virk Babraham Institute, UK

  • How to Apply

    Prerequisites
    Applicants should be PhD students and researchers with a minimum of one
    year experience in the field of systems biology modelling, and who are
    using systems-based modelling approaches to understand biological and
    biomedical problems.

    Cost
    The
    course is subsidised by the Wellcome Genome Campus
    Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences Programme. This is a
    residential
    course and there is a fee of £595 towards board and lodging
    for non-commercial applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.

    Applications
    Applications for this course can be completed online. If you have any
    problems with the online application process, please contact us.

    Please note: Applications
    must be supported by a
    recommendation from a scientific or clinical sponsor (e.g. supervisor or
    head of department). A request for a supporting
    statement will be sent
    to your nominated sponsor automatically during
    the application process.
    Applicants must ensure that their sponsor
    provides this supporting
    statement by the application deadline. Applications without a supporting
    statement cannot be considered.

    Deadlines
    Deadline for Applications: Closed

  • Bursaries

    Bursaries
    Advanced Courses are subsidised for non-commercial applicants from
    anywhere in the world. Additional, limited bursaries are
    available (up
    to 50% of the course fee) and are awarded on merit. If you would like to
    apply for a
    bursary, please complete the bursary section of the online
    application
    form.

    Please note that both the applicant
    and sponsor are required to provide
    a justification for the
    bursary as part of the application.

    Bursary terms and conditions

    UK Courses (held at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton,
    Cambridge)
    A
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded by the selection committee according to merit. The bursary
    covers a maximum of 50% of the course fee, though in exceptional
    circumstances an application for the total course fee may be considered.
    Where there are many bursary applications, the selection committee may
    issue smaller amounts. We cannot assist with travel costs to attend UK
    courses.

    Overseas Courses (held outside of the UK)
    A
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded on merit to cover travel, accommodation and sustenance. The
    maximum award for travel (economy class) will be £750.

    Bursaries can be applied for as part of the course application form.
    Applicants
    will be notified of a bursary award along with their place on
    the
    course, usually within one month of the application deadline. The
    decision of the selection committee is
    final.