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EMBO Practical Course

The 2019 whole-cell modeling summer school

07 – 13 April 2019 | Barcelona, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 January 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 January 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 January 2019

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About the Practical Course

Whole-cell models that predict phenotype from genotype by representing all of the biochemical activity inside cells are needed to advance biology, bioengineering, and medicine. Achieving whole-cell models will require a strong community of modelers, experimentalists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and software engineers.

The EMBO Practical Course on Whole-Cell Modeling will teach students the fundamentals of whole-cell modeling and provide them opportunities to network with other promising whole-cell modelers. The school will be held April 7–13, 2019 at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain. The course will consist of two introductory lectures, tutorials on the fundamentals of whole-cell modeling, group discussions about the future of whole-cell modeling, two keynote talks, and two networking activities. The tutorials will teach the students how to aggregate and integrate data for modeling, build large models by combining smaller models, use rules to represent models, simulate hybrid models, and experimentally validate models, as well as teach the students critical software engineering skills. Each tutorial will include a brief lecture followed by hands-on exercises in which the students will work in small groups with guidance from an instructor to build, simulate, and test toy models.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 January 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 January 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 January 2019



Registration fee includes:

  • Participation in all course sessions
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation (shared double room)
  • Lunches, coffee breaks and social events
  • Welcome dinner


Selected participants will receive an email with instructions by 10 December 2018.

Selection criteria

The course is limited to 20 participants. Participants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of their scientific goals to the course,
  • Their educational and networking goals for the course, and
  • Their prior experience and knowledge of cell biology and cell modeling.

The application will consist of the following information:

  • A brief description of the applicant’s scientific background and research interests (max. 2000 characters including spaces) include your relevant skills, experience and qualifications, which show that you would be suitable for the practical course.

  • A brief description of the applicant’s motivation for participating in the course including what they can contribute to the course and how they will benefit from the course.

  • An abstract of a poster that the applicant will present at the course.

  • The applicant's CV

Selected participants will be contacted by e-mail by December 10th, 2018 (Only complete applications will be considered).

Abstract guidelines

As part of the course application, applicants must submit an abstract for a poster that they will present at the course (maximum 1,500 characters, including spaces).

Poster specifications

Each participant will be provided with a A0 poster board to display their poster.

The poster board surface area is approximately 90 cm wide and 120 cm high.

Posters should be printed on thin poster paper. Participants will be provided velcro tabs and pins to adhere their poster to the board.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for 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.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Additional Information

Participants will be provided accommodation in double shared rooms with other participants in the course (the organizers will prepare the rooming list based on gender).



CRG Training Unit

Martina Blazkova / Damjana Kastelic

+34 93 316 03 75




CRG – Centre for Genomic Regulation

c/Dr Aiguader 88

08003 Barcelona




By plane

Barcelona El Prat Airport (17 km)

Girona-Costa Brava Airport (90 km)

Reus Airport (105 km)

By train

The main station in Barcelona is Estació de Sants (7 km). This station is serviced by numerous national and international trains, including numerous high-speed trains.

Barcelona has numerous additional stations.

Long distance trains are best booked in advance. Tickets for local trains Tickets can be purchased just before boarding the train.

Barcelona is also served by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). Although they run short and medium distance inter-city train services, these are integrated into the city's underground network, the Metro, which means you can use the T-10, a combined ticket for 10 journeys on city buses and the underground as well as the FGC trains.

By bus

The main bus station is Barcelona Nord (3 km), which is very near the city centre by the Arc de Triom. Most buses also stop at Sants station. There are national and international services to these stations, and usually it is not necessary to book bus travel in advance. Please see the Barcelona Nord bus station website for more information. Nord and Sants bus stations are linked to the city’s underground train system. Please see the TMB website for maps and schedules for the underground trains and local buses.

Bus from Airport

You can get to the city from the airport on the Aerobús, with stops in Plaça d’Espanya, Urgell, Plaça de la Universitat and Plaça de Catalunya. There is also a night bus, the N17 or the new underground line L9.

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