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The Center for Models of Life and the Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology presents a minischool/workshop

Signals and Space: Spatio-temporal patterns in simple bio-systems

Date Thursday, August 25 - Saturday, August 27, 2011
Location Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Organizers Sine Lo Svenningsen (Institute of Biology), Namiko Mitarai (Niels Bohr Institute), Kim Sneppen (Niels Bohr Institute), University of Copenhagen.


Much of biological activity is crucially dependent on having an appropriate action occur at a particular place and time. In this school we explore various biological systems where organization and patterns appear or disappear as a consequence of simple interactions or signals. Examples cover space on various scales, including protein localization inside cells, coordinated responses of cells, emergence of spatial structure in cell groups, phage-bacteria competition, and microbial ecosystems. The hope is to inspire new thinking about the role of space in the function and existence of life. The school is intended for interested researchers at all levels, especially PhD students.

Invited Speakers


Eshel Ben-Jacob (Tel Aviv University, Israel) 
Henrik Jönsson (Lund Unversity, Sweden)
Martin Howard (John Innes Centre, UK) 
K.C. Huang (Stanford University, USA)
Toshiyuki Nakagaki (Future University Hakodate, Japan) 
Jeffery J. Tabor (Rice University, USA)
Tim Tolker-Nielsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 
Massimo Vergassola (Institut Pasteur, France) 
Joao Xavier (Sloan-Kettering Institute, USA)

To be Confirmed:

Terence Hwa (U.C. San Diego, USA) 
Markus Covert (Stanford University, USA) 
James Ferrell (Stanford University, USA) 
and more...


45-minute lectures by invited speakers interspersed with ample time for discussions and interaction between the participants, and a poster session where participants can present their research projects.


Deadline for application is May 1, 2011. There is limited space available. Acceptance notifications will be sent out before May 16, 2011. A letter of application stating name, title, affiliation, and research interests of the participant should be e-mailed to norgaard(at)nbi.dk (Subject line: Your last name, minischool 2011).

Registration is free and lunches are provided. No financial support for travel or housing costs available.

Course credit

The full participation in the school corresponds to a work load of 3 ECTS points for PhD-students. All participants are encouraged to bring a poster describing their research project.