17th New Phytologist Symposium Systems Biology and the Biology of Systems: how, if at all, are they

Venue: Palace Hotel

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 13, 2007 End Date/Time: Sep 14, 2007
Early Registration Date: Jul 13, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 29, 2007
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According to Kitano ‘Systems biology is an emergent field that aims at system-level understanding of biological systems.’ The word ‘systems’ appears three times in the definition.

Most biologists, particularly those working at the physiological or ecological level, think they have always aimed for ‘system-level understanding’. What is new about Systems Biology sensu Kitano? It seeks to bring together understanding of structure (in terms of gene and biochemical networks), system dynamics (involving predictive modelling), system control methods and system design. But crop scientists, ecologists, developmental biologists and the like who use tools such as ‘omics’, large-scale data-capture, informatics and modelling will say that they are also concerned with such ‘systems’ properties.

Invited Speakers

Andrew Bangham, University of East Anglia, UK

Gerhard Buck-Sorlin, IPK Gatersleben, Germany

Stefan Jansson, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden

Jan Kim, University of East Anglia, UK

June Medford, Colorado State University, USA

Andrew Millar, University of Edinburgh, UK

John Sheehy IRRI, Philippines

Andy Taylor, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden

Michael Wilkinson, University of Wales, UK

Xinyou Yin, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

The meeting will take place over two days, 13-14th September, with an informal reception and poster session, followed by the conference dinner on the evening of the 13th September.