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

    REGULAR APPLICATION
  • Application: April 30, 2017
  • Notification Acceptance: May 10, 2017
  • Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: April 30, 2017
  • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: May 10, 2017
    LATE APPLICATION
  • Application and Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: June 17, 2017
  • Notification: Late Registration will be accepted until June 17, 2017, admission notification will start on May 11, 2017, according to the application time.
  • Those who plan to present talk or a poster must submit the abstract via the EasyChair system https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ssbss2017 no lather than June 17, 2017.
  • LATE Registration: May 11 - July 21, 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 newcastl 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 the Robinson 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.

Organization by Cambridge Systems Biology Centre - University of Cambridge, UK and TaoSciences Research Centre.

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

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Lecturers

  • Antonino Cattaneo, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italy
  • 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 - Harold Fellermann, 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
  • Gill Stephens, The University of Nottingham, UK
  • Mike Stubbington, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge UK
  • Eriko Takano, Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK
  • Sarah Teichmann, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute & EMBL, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

Courses

  • Antonino Cattaneo, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italy
  • Lecture 1: "Synthetic Immunology I: Immune System in Vitro and Ectopic Expression of Antibodies"
    Lecture 2: "Synthetic immunology II: Targeting the Post-Translational Proteome with Intrabodies"

  • Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
  • Lecture 1: "Being FAIR: FAIR Data and Model Management"
    Lecture 2: "Being Reproducible: Research Objects and R* Brouhaha"

  • Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Lecture 1: "Analysis and Engineering of Microbial Systems"
    Lecture 2: "Lower Plants as Simple Models for Bioengineering"

  • Jay Keasling, University of California, Berkeley, USA Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA Joint BioEnergy Institute, USA
  • Lecture 1: "Synthetic Biology for Synthetic Chemistry"
    Lecture 2: "Engineering Biology for Sustainable Development"

  • Edda Klipp, Humboldt University, Germany
  • Lecture 1: "Yeast Mating in Space and Time"
    Lecture 2: "Determinants of Yeast Cell Size in Individual Cells and for a Population"

  • Natalio Krasnogor - Harold Fellermann, Centre for Synthetic Biology and Bioexploitation, Newcastle University, UK
  • Lecture 1: "Computational Synthetic Biology"
    Lecture 2: "Looking Beyond Logic Gates"

  • Markus Ralser, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, UK & The Francis Crick Institute London, UK
  • Lecture 1: "The origin and evolution of the early metabolic network"
    Lecture 2: "Functional Metabolomics: From metabolic signatures to the annotation of gene function to address the genotype-phenotype problem"

  • Uwe Sauer, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Lecture 1: "Metabolomics as a Hypothesis Generator"
    Lecture 2: "Coordination of Metabolism Through Metabolite-Protein Interactions"

  • Gill Stephens, The University of Nottingham, UK
  • Lecture 1: "Synthetic biology for bio-based chemicals ? Part 1"
    Lecture 2: "Synthetic biology for bio-based chemicals ? Part 2"

  • Mike Stubbington, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge UK
  • Lecture : "Human Cell Atlas Project"

  • Eriko Takano, Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK
  • Lecture 1: "Harnessing synthetic biology for fine and speciality chemical production ? Part I: Context and concepts"
    Lecture 2: "Harnessing synthetic biology for fine and speciality chemical production ? Part II: Tools and applications"

  • Sarah Teichmann, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute & EMBL, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
  • Lecture: "Understanding Cellular Heterogeneity"

Talks

  • Matteo Barberis, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Talk : "Deciphering Cell Cycle Robustness by a Novel Molecular Design Synchronizing its Dynamics and by a Multi-Scale Framework Integrating Cell Cycle and Metabolism in Budding Yeast"
  • Jorge Julvez, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre & Department of Biochemistry - University of Cambridge, UK and Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering - University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Talk : "Modelling, Analysing and Controlling Biological Systems by Flexible Nets"

Industrial Panel

  • Thomas.Hofmeister, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., USA
  • Talk: "Driving Next Generation Biological Research By Synthetic Biology Tools and its Challenges for IT"

Workshop

Call for Abstracts Deadline: June 17, 2017

Notification: Late Registration will be accepted until June 17, 2017, admission notification will start on May 11, 2017, according to the application time.

Those who plan to present talk or a poster must submit the abstract via the EasyChair system https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ssbss2017 no lather than June 17, 2017.

LATE Registration: May 11 - July 21, 2017


Submit an abstract (max 2 pages; any format) today for the Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School & Workshop - SSBSS 2017:


The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School is the leading Summer School for sharing the state-of-the-art developments and achievements made in the fields of synthetic and systems biology.

SSBSS 2017 will focus on advances in the science and technology emerging from the fields of synthetic biology, systems biology, genome synthesis and genetic engineering. The School and the Workshop will highlight new tool development, as well as the application of these tools to diverse problems in biotechnology, computational medicine, molecular biology including therapeutics, industrial chemicals and biofuels, natural products, and agriculture.

If you are engaged in above cited research areas you must consider submitting.

Goal

Given the rapidity with which this field moves, it is challenging for both newcomers and experts alike to stay updated with all of the latest advances. The goal of this summer school and workshop is to bring together scientists from academia and industry with diverse but relevant expertise in a setting conducive to discussion of new results and potential collaborative efforts. Invited talks will cover a wide range of topics ranging from fundamental basic science through to applications. Attendees of this workshop will have the opportunity to hear about the latest findings in this fast-paced field and to establish collaborations with scientists who have complementary expertise.

Topics

Sessions integrate the recent achievements made in the fields of synthetic biology, systems biology, control engineering for synthetic biology, biochemical engineering, synthetic enzyme, evolutionary engineering, integrated omics, tools and methods, and emerging techniques, healthcare, biofuels, chemicals and materials, biologics, microbial and mammalian systems, and other disciplines and applications.

Submissions should be related to the following areas of synthetic biology, systems biology, genome and genetic engineering:

  • Applications of Synthetic & Systems Biology
  • Biological Design Automation
  • Computational/Mathematical Modeling and Design
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Directed Evolution
  • Designing and Writing Genomes
  • DNA Synthesis, Assembly, and Sequencing
  • High Throughput Design Space Exploration
  • Industrial Applications of Synthetic & Systems Biology
  • Mammalian Synthetic Biology
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Microbial Synthetic Biology / Microbiome Engineering
  • Molecular Programming
  • Omics Science and Synthetic & Systems Biology
  • Pedagogical/Educational Tools
  • Plant Synthetic Biology
  • Protein Engineering
  • Synthetic & Systems Biology for Cell Culture and Medical Applications
  • Synthetic & Systems Biology of Industrial Microorganisms

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
  • Giorgio Jansen, University of Catania, 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
  • Matteo Barberis, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 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
  • Paola Branduardi, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • Michele Ceccarelli, University of Sannio, Italy
  • 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
  • Guido Grandi, University Trento, Italy
  • Mario Guarracino, ICAR-CNR, Italy
  • Markus Herrgard, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Paolo Magni, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Donato Malerba University of Bari, Italy
  • Vincenzo Manca, University of Verona, Italy
  • Nelson Marmiroli, University of Parma, Italy
  • Giancarlo Mauri, University of Milano Bicocca and SYSBIO - Center of Systems Biology, Italy
  • Enzo Medico, IRCC - Candiolo and University of Torino, Italy
  • Giuseppe Narzisi, New York Genome Center, USA
  • Wieslaw Nowak, Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland
  • Gennaro Piccialli, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy
  • Danilo Porro, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • Francesco Ricci, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy
  • Nicola Segata, University of Trento, Italy
  • Gianna Maria Toffolo, University of Padova, Italy
  • Renato Umeton, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
  • Luca Zammataro, Yale University, USA

Deadlines

    REGULAR APPLICATION
  • Application: April 30, 2017
  • Notification Acceptance: May 10, 2017
  • Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: April 30, 2017
  • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: May 10, 2017
  • Regular Registration: May 11 - July 21, 2017
    LATE APPLICATION
  • Application and Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: June 17, 2017
  • Notification: Late Registration will be accepted until June 17, 2017, admission notification will start on May 11, 2017, according to the application time.
  • Those who plan to present talk or a poster must submit the abstract via the EasyChair system https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ssbss2017 no lather than June 17, 2017.
  • LATE Registration: May 11 - July 21, 2017

Cambridge - Corpus Christi College

Application Form

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

The Registration Fee must be paid directly to the Robinson College - University of Cambridge.

  • School Non-Residential Fees will be

    • 550 GBP for undergraduate and graduate students,
    • 650 GBP for Postdoctoral Fellows, research fellows and Academics and
    • 750 GBP for all other participants.

    The Late Registration Fees are the following: 600 GBP for undergraduate and graduate students, 700 GBP for Postdoctoral Fellows, research fellows, and Academics and 800 GBP for all other participants.
  • The School Non-Residential Fee will cover
    • all lectures,
    • coffee breaks,
    • lunches,
    • social dinner on July 19,
    • course materials,
    • workshop,
    • social activities, and
    • Wi-Fi Internet Connection.

  • School Residential Fees will be

    • 1250 GBP for undergraduate and graduate students,
    • 1350 GBP for Postdoctoral Fellows, research fellows and Academics and
    • 1450 GBP for all other participants.

    The Late Registration Fees are the following: 1300 GBP for undergraduate and graduate students, 1400 GBP for Postdoctoral Fellows, research fellows, and Academics and 1500 GBP for all other participants.
  • The School Residential Fee will cover
    • accommodation at the Robinson College,
    • all breakfasts, lunches and dinners; basically all meals from dinner on Sunday 16th to the breakfast on Saturday 22nd July (excluding the dinner of July 20th),
    • all lectures,
    • coffee breaks,
    • lunches,
    • dinners,
    • social dinner on July 19,
    • course materials,
    • workshop,
    • 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.

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 to 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. 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 36-40 hours of lectures, according to the academic system the final achievement will be equivalent to 8 ECTS points for the PhD Students and the Master Students attending the summer school; during the summer school the students will tackle homeworks/projects.

Applications should be received before June 17, 2017.

Notification: Late Registration will be accepted until June 17, 2017, admission notification will start on May 11, 2017, according to the application time.

Those who plan to present talk or a poster must submit the abstract via the EasyChair system https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ssbss2017 no lather than June 17, 2017.

LATE Registration: May 11 - July 21, 2017

Cancellation Policy: cancellations received no later than May 31, 2017 will receive a full refund less 50 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

Everyone participating in the Summer School is invited to bring a poster to display their work. The International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School is especially aimed to provide a stimulating environment for researchers, Post-Doc, Ph.D. Students and Master 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 (max 2 pages; any format) to present their results as short talk and/or poster. The abstract should be submitted before June 17. 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 (max 2 pages; any format) for presentation using the Application Form. School directors and the Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and will recommend for poster and/or short talk. Abstract should be submitted by June 17, 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:

University of Cambridge, UK

Gold Sponsors:

TaoSciences Research Centre

Silver Sponsors:

TeselaGen Biotechnology Inc.

Bronze Sponsors:

In Silico Biology Journal

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.

Robinson College Contact & Directions

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
Dr. Alexis Moreau
T +44 (0)1223 339171
E am2500@cam.ac.uk W http://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/conferences/
Robinson College | Grange Road | Cambridge | CB3 9AN

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