SSBSS 2017

4th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School


Biology meets Engineering & Computer Science


July 17-21, 2017 Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK

Summary

SSBSS 2017 DEADLINES:

  • Application: March 31, 2017
  • Notification Acceptance: April 10, 2017
  • Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: March 31, 2017
  • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: April 10, 2017

Recent advances in DNA synthesis have increased our ability to build biological systems. Synthetic Biology aims at streamlining the design and synthesis of robust and predictable biological systems using engineering design principles. Designing biological systems requires a deep understanding of how genes and proteins are organized and interact in living cells: Systems Biology aims at elucidating the cellular organization at gene, protein and network level using computational and biochemical methods.

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at theRobinson College, University of Cambridge, UK on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The school provides a stimulating environment for students (from Master students to PhD students), Post-Docs, early career researches, academics and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results, and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Facebook: SSBSS. Email: ssbss.school@gmail.com

Topics

  • Computational Synthetic Biology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Reading and Writing Genomes
  • Synthetic Genomes
  • Synthetic Circuits and Cells
  • Artificial Tissues and Organs
  • Genomically Recoded Organisms
  • Genome Design
  • Pathway Design
  • Biological Design Automation and Biological CAD
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Genome Engineering
  • Cellular Systems Biology
  • Experimental Synthetic Biology
  • Computational Synthetic Biology
  • Stochastic Gene Regulation
  • Gene Signaling
  • Quantitative Molecular Biology
  • High-throughput Techniques
  • Biological Engineering
  • Industrial Synthetic and Systems Biology

News:

  • January 4, 2017, New Speaker: Eriko Takano, Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK

Cambridge - King's College

Lecturers

  • Antonino Cattaneo, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italy
  • Jasmin Fisher, Microsoft Research & Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, UK
  • Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
  • Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Jay Keasling, University of California, Berkeley, USA Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA Joint BioEnergy Institute, USA
  • Edda Klipp, Humboldt University, Germany
  • Natalio Krasnogor, Centre for Synthetic Biology and Bioexploitation, Newcastle University, UK
  • Markus Ralser, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, UK & The Francis Crick Institute London, UK
  • Uwe Sauer, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Eriko Takano, Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK
  • Sarah Teichmann, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute & EMBL, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

Courses

    Courses will be announced soon
  • Antonino Cattaneo, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italy
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Jasmin Fisher, Microsoft Research & Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, UK
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Jay Keasling, University of California, Berkeley, USA Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA Joint BioEnergy Institute, USA
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Edda Klipp, Humboldt University, Germany
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Natalio Krasnogor, Centre for Synthetic Biology and Bioexploitation, Newcastle University, UK
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Markus Ralser, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, UK & The Francis Crick Institute London, UK
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Uwe Sauer, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Eriko Takano, Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

  • Sarah Teichmann, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute & EMBL, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
  • Lecture 1: "TBA"
    Lecture 2: "TBA"

Industrial Panel

  • TBA

Workshop

  • TBA

School Directors

  • Massimo Gulisano, University of Catania, Italy
  • Giuseppe Nicosia, University of Catania, Italy
  • Steve G. Oliver, University of Cambridge, UK


  • Organizing Committee

  • Piero Conca, CNR, Italy
  • Jole Costanza, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
  • Giuseppe Narzisi, New York Genome Center, USA
  • Andrea Patane', University of Oxford, UK
  • Andrea Santoro, Queen Mary University London, UK
  • Renato Umeton, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
  • Luca Zammataro, Yale University, USA

Scientific Committee

  • Giuseppe Nicosia, University of Catania, Italy
  • Richard Allmendinger, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson, Synthetic Biology Group@Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland
  • Leonidas Bleris, Bioengineering Department, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Jole Costanza, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
  • Domitilla Del Vecchio, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, USA
  • Diego Di Bernardo, Telethon Institute of Genetics & Medicine TIGEM & University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy
  • Barbara Di Camillo, University of Padova, Italy
  • Barbara Di Ventura, Synthetic Biology Group - BioQuant/DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Simone Furini, University of Siena, Italy
  • Emanuele Domenico Giordano, University of Bologna, Italy
  • J. Gootenberg, Feng Zhang and Aviv Regev Groups, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA
  • Mario Guarracino, ICAR-CNR, Italy
  • Markus Herrgard, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Paolo Magni, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Vincenzo Manca, University of Verona, Italy
  • Giancarlo Mauri, University of Milano Bicocca and SYSBIO - Center of Systems Biology, Italy
  • Giuseppe Narzisi, New York Genome Center, USA
  • Wieslaw Nowak, Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland
  • Danilo Porro, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • Francesco Ricci, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy
  • Gianna Maria Toffolo, University of Padova, Italy
  • Renato Umeton, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
  • Luca Zammataro, Yale University, USA

Deadlines

  • Application: March 31, 2017
  • Notification Acceptance: April 10, 2017
  • Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: March 31, 2017
  • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: April 10, 2017
  • Early Registration: May 10, 2017
  • Late Registration: May 11 - July 21, 2017

Cambridge - Corpus Christi College

Application Form

The school will be open up to 150 qualified, motivated and selected students. Undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, research fellows, academics and industrial professionals are encouraged to apply.

The Summer School is a residential event. The School Fee includes registration, accommodation, all meals from dinner on Sunday 16th to breakfast on Saturday 22nd July (excluding the dinner of July 20th), course materials, social activities, and Wi-Fi Internet Connection. The registration fee must be paid directly to the Robinson College - University of Cambridge. Details will be provided to accepted participants.

School fees will be 1290 GBP for undergraduate and graduate students, 1430 GBP for Postdoctoral Fellows and research fellows and 1560 GBP for all other participants. The Late Registration Fees are the following: 1390 GBP for undergraduate and graduate students, 1530 GBP for Postdoctoral Fellows and research fellows and 1660 GBP for all other participants. The School Fee will cover registration, accommodation lectures, all meals from dinner on Sunday 16th to breakfast on Saturday 22nd July (excluding the dinner of July 20th), course materials, social activities, and Wi-Fi Internet Connection.

Important: The Robinson College University of Cambridge - venue of the International Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School - is a gated structure and access is granted only to registered participants who have also secured accommodation. Registering for the Summer School-only option and booking accommodation outside the Robinson College will NOT grant access to the Summer School.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students: Accommodation in double rooms is provided: single occupancy may be requested for an additional charge, if available. Rooms will be shared with one participant of the same sex assigned by the SSBSS. Two participants wishing to share the same room may place their request at the time of Registration and Payment. Graduate Students are individuals who are enrolled in a Graduate Program (University-issued verification of status is required) and have not previously graduated in a Doctorate program. Individuals qualify as Postdoctoral Fellows if within six years of their Doctoral Degree.

Travel or other form of support in NOT available to any applicant The fees will NOT cover transportation, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses. The fee is fixed regardless of length of stay, length of room occupancy or meals. Remember that time spent together with faculty and other participants fosters effective scientific exchange and stimulates the development of professional networks and scientific collaborations. This is a hallmark of the spirit of the SSBSS Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School. We ask that applicants who have been accepted complete their registration promptly in consideration of other fellow participants who would be otherwise penalized. Registration is complete only after payment in full has been received: this ensures attendance and accommodation. There is no registration and payment on site: accepted participants arriving at the Summer School without having completes and prepaid their registration will not be admitted.

Forms of payment Credit card is the preferred method of payment and instruction for online payment will be emailed to accepted applicants. We do not accept credit card payment over the telephone. Bank wire transfers are also accepted: details for the transfer will be emailed to accepted applicants. Please be aware that your wire transaction may pass through one or more banks before reaching our account. In many cases, these banks deduct a transaction fee: when a fee (or fees) has been deducted, the amount deposited in our account reflects the deduction(s). The attendee is responsible for any transaction fees. Participants from Countries within the European Union only may pay by check which must be sent by mail. Instructions will be emailed to confirmed participants. Please allow plenty of time for your check to be cleared by your bank and remember that the registration is complete only after funds have been received: your participation is placed on hold until then. A registration form not accompanied by payment is not accepted. Please allow a few business days to process your registration.

Receipts: A receipt will be emailed to you short before the Summer School.

The School will involve a total of 32 hours of lectures, the final achievement will be equivalent to 1 ECTS points (ECTS grading scale) for the PhD students attending the summer school; during the summer school the students will tackle homeworks/projects.

Applications should be received before March 31, 2017. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by April 10, 2017.

Cancellation Policy: cancellations received no later than May 31, 2017 will receive a full refund less 100 GBP in processing charges. After May 31, 2017 no refunds will be given.

VISA

You need a valid passport to enter UK. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Please, check your Visa requirements. Visitors who need a Visa should apply for a standard Visa as soon as possible.

Call for Posters & Talks

The International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School is especially aimed to provide a stimulating environment for young researchers, Post-Doc and Ph.D. Students. They will have the possibility to present the results of their research activities on the topic of the summer school, and to interact with their scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive way. Applicants may submit an abstract to present their results. The abstract should be submitted before 31 March. Suitable space will be reserved to the applicants for showing their posters. The poster must be written in English. For your poster, a board will be provided which measures 90cm tall by 70cm wide. You need to print and bring with you the poster to the school. Push tacks or velcro adhesive will be provided at the conference to mount your poster to the board.

Poster & Talk Submission

Applicant may submit a research abstract for presentation using the Application Form. School directors and the Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and will recommend for poster or short-oral presentation. Abstract should be submitted by March 31, 2017. The abstracts will be published on the electronic hands-out material of the summer school.

Presentation Awards

TBA

Cambridge - Bridge of sighs

Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:

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Gold Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

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Bronze Sponsors:

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SSBSS welcomes Sponsors, for more information send an email to: ssbss.school@gmail.com

Venue and Accommodation

School Venue

Venue at the Robinson College - University of Cambridge, UK
Opened as a purpose-built conference centre in support of the academic vocation, Robinson College has been excelling as a conference venue for over 30 years by exceeding expectations.

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Accommodation

Accommodation at the Robinson College - University of Cambridge, UK
Robinson College has a mix of single ensuite rooms and rooms with shared bathrooms or bedsits and a number of self-contained flats. Most flats are used by Resident Fellows of the College but 2 or 3 are available for senior academic visitors.

The Accommodation Officer - please contact
Mrs Cathy Pike, Conference and Events Co-ordinator
T +44 (0)1223 332859
E cjb258@cam.ac.uk W robinson.cam.ac.uk/conferences-robinson
Robinson College | Grange Road | Cambridge | CB3 9AN

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