Patterns in Biology: Organisation of Life in Space and Time

Venue: EMBL Heidelberg

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Event Date/Time: Oct 25, 2007 End Date/Time: Oct 27, 2007
Registration Date: Sep 23, 2007
Early Registration Date: Sep 02, 2007
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Have you ever wondered what sets your biological clock? How is your DNA arranged within its nucleus? Why are virus capsides symmetric? How does intracellular communication work? How does the neuronal network develop? Can someone know what you're thinking right now by looking at the pattern of activity in your brain? Can a leopard ever change its spots? And how do birds know where to fly to during the winter?

What join all these questions together are biological patterns. Much of our lives are regulated by these patterns; right down from the small-scale of protein-protein interactions and signaling, over organisation of subcellular elements to whole organisms. Or even to behavior among groups of animals, or bacterial colonies and growth. Patterns influence the control of the cell cycle and cell morphogenesis, the structure of proteins, the sequence of DNA and proteins and many more aspects of biology. And though some of these patterns are well known and studied, others are just beginning to emerge in research now.

The focus of this year's EMBL PhD Student International Symposium will be to present and discuss these patterns. Our aim is to bring together research students of diverse backgrounds with leading scientists at this annual symposium in order to facilitate interaction between different fields of science; all related to the patterns of biology. How and where they occur in the cell or in nature, but also how they influence for example the structure of molecules and remodeling of chromatin. And how can these patterns be recognised, and modeled mathematically or in silico. This includes both spatial and temporal patterns, from the smallest to the largest biological scale — the very organisation of life!


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Additional Information

The symposium is supported by Marie Curie Actions, providing the organisers with the possibility to offer reimbursement of expenses including basic registration fee (complete reimbursement), travel (fixed amount depending on the distance to be covered), accommodation and meals for up to 120 selected participants. If you do not meet the criteria for reimbursement and require accommodation the fee is EUR 240.