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Multi-level modelling of morphogenesis

16 – 28 July 2017 | Norwich, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 21 April 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 27 April 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 June 2017

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About the Practical Course

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Currently, novel experimental techniques within the field of developmental biology generate large sets of high quality temporal and spatial data at the genetic, molecular, subcellular, cellular and tissue level. Understanding how the imaged processes are regulated, how mechanisms emerge from the different entangled levels and how the organism “makes itself” and has evolved to do so, requires an integrated, systems biology approach.

The multi-level nature and non-linear feedbacks involved in biological development render mathematics and multi-level modelling essential. Still, the theoretical basis to deal with such complexity is not contained in a single specialised text book or training programme. Hence, confusion prevails on how theoretical models can be implemented and should be interpreted.

This EMBO Practical Course tackles these issues and will provide both the theoretical background and the hands-on tools needed to enter this rapidly growing area. It will incorporate novel concepts and leading-edge techniques that keep up with the computational and experimental innovations of the last two years.

Course objectives:

  • In-depth teaching and demonstrations of leading edge computational and mathematical foundations for multi-level modelling of processes in developmental biology.

  • Transfer knowledge on dealing with the complexity of multi-level biological processes; how to design and optimise models; how scientifically sound conclusions can be drawn, and the pitfalls involved.

  • Compare and contrast the diverse model formalisms currently used for multi-level modelling, emphasising their relationship to the biological questions asked.

  • Dissect biophysical processes at different levels of development: from molecular, subcellular and cellular to multicellular and organism level, including how the different levels impact one another.

  • Discover (through lectures, computational exercises and lab experiments) the diverse developmental constraints involved in biological morphogenesis, such as biomechanics and information processing up to evolutionary mechanisms driving developmental innovations.

  • Explore how multiple mechanisms can act together to generate unexpected, biologically relevant behaviour.

  • Challenge participants to consider the nature of their research and the relationship between models and experiments within a well-formulated epistemological debate.

  • Stimulate participants from diverse scientific backgrounds to interact and communicate across multifaceted barriers.

  • Reveal how studying morphogenesis in animals and plants may require very different modelling strategies, but still can uncover common guiding principles.
 

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Programme

 

Registration

  • Registration Deadline
  • 21 April 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 27 April 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 June 2017

 

  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS EUR 400
  • ACADEMIC EUR 400
  • INDUSTRY EUR 1000

Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Full board
  • Excursion

Payment

If successful, participants will be sent payment details by email.

Selection criteria

Attendance will be limited to 24 participants, and will be selected from the letter of interest and the participant’s research summary.

Please provide a summarised description of your research experience emphasising your current research project/interests. Maximum 400 words.

Also, please provide a letter of interest stating why you would like to take this course, and how you envision it to help you in your future research. Maximum 300 words.

Poster specifications

Instead of posters, participants will present short 5 minute talks on their research, with 5 minutes afterwards for questions.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Other Registration Information

Participants will be required to walk from accommodation to the venue each day (pleasant 10min. walk).

Rooms are available for anyone with disability.

Child-friendly facilities are available for participants needing to bring babies along.

 

Contact

Natalie Wager

Email: natalie.wager@jic.ac.uk

 

 
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Venue

John Innes Centre,

Norwich Research Park,

Norwich,

NR4 7UH, UK

https://www.jic.ac.uk/

Accommodation

Accommodation is included within the registration fee. If successful, participants will be sent details for accommodation by email.

Transport

By Car

From the A47

  • Take the A47 Southern Bypass towards Norwich (East) until the B1108 Junction
  • At the junction with B1108 branch left (signposted Norwich) and at the roundabout take 1st exit signposted Norwich, University
  • Turn right at the traffic lights - Norwich Research Park is signposted
  • JIC is located on the right

From the A11

  • Stay on A11 until you reach the Thickthorn Services roundabout
  • At roundabout take 2nd exit A47 (signposted Swaffham)
  • At the junction with B1108 branch left (signposted Norwich) and at the roundabout take 3rd exit B1108
  • At next roundabout take 1st exit, signposted Norwich, University
  • Turn right at the traffic lights - Norwich Research Park is signposted
  • JIC is located on the right

By Bus

Local bus providers include First Norfolk and Suffolk, and KonectBus.

For up to date information about bus numbers and timetables, please visit their websites, and look for busses to the University of East Anglia (UEA), or the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH). Both the UEA and NNUH are a 5-10 minute walk from the John Innes Centre

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By Train

Norwich has a direct link to London with an average journey time of 2 hours with trains at half-hourly intervals.

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By Air

Norwich International Airport is 30 minutes drive from JIC. The airport provides links to over 70 European and 400 international destinations via the international hubs of Schiphol and Manchester airports. There are direct links to various UK destinations.

Stansted International Airport is an hour and a half by road, or an hour by train, from JIC. Stansted provides links to UK destinations and various European hubs for onward international connections.

Gatwick Airport (London) has good train (via London), coach and road links to Norwich.

Heathrow Airport (London) has good train (via London), coach and road links to Norwich.

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