Please join us for the International Conference Frontiers in Systems and Synthetic Biology ’13 (FSSB’13), which we will hold March 20-24, 2013 on Georgia Tech’s campus in Atlanta, Georgia. With this conference we celebrate the rapid progress in the computational analysis and manipulation of biological systems and highlight as one of the cross-cutting themes the role, advancements and applications of Biochemical Systems Theory as one of the contributors to this progress.
FSSB’13 will be held in a single-track fashion and allow plenty of discussion among all participants. The program will consist of invited and contributed presentations, poster sessions, an interactive session on education, and a panel discussion. These activities will be organized in four topical areas:
Topic 1: Novel Methods of Systems Biology
Model design and identification
Design and operating principles
Topic 2: Novel Methods of Synthetic Biology
Computational and experimental methods
Topic 3: Applications of Systems and Synthetic Biology
Metapopulations from the microbiome to terrestrial and oceanic biosystems
Applications in higher organisms
Topic 4: Education and Science Communication
What do postdocs in systems and synthetic biology need to know?
Two special events will be the following:
- The educational session will be organized in an interacting fashion that will highlight how knowledge in systems and synthetic biology can be acquired by young scientists and newcomers with diverse backgrounds and how it can be communicated effectively.
- Toward the end of the conference, we will hold a panel discussion addressing the following questions:
- Do large-scale simulations help us understand how a biological system functions?
- Do we need to understand design principles to succeed in systems and synthetic biology?
- What needs to be done to move systems biology forward and how can it inform synthetic biology and metabolic engineering
To initiate this discussion, three leading experts will give brief presentations. Afterwards, the audience is requested to contribute to the discussion. It is hoped that the frank discussion of these types of probing questions will enable students and junior researchers to put the conference presentations into perspective and to align their own niches within this exciting new field of biology.
Eberhard Voit (Chair)