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

Minischool / workshop on Signals and Space: Spatio-temporal patterns in simple bio-systems

August 25 -27, 2011, at Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark.


Auditorium M at Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17 2100 Copenhagen ě (MAP)
Map of NBI buildings (Auditorium M is located in the building M)


Final program (updated on Aug. 24)


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.


Sine Lo Svenningsen (Dep. Biol., Univ. Copenhagen), Namiko Mitarai (NBI),Kim Sneppen (NBI)
The minischool/workshop is organized together with the Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Biokemisk forening).


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 June 1, 2011 (extended). There is limited space available. Acceptance notifications will be sent out before June 11, 2011. A letter of application stating name, title, affiliation, and research interests of the participant should be e-mailed to (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 to the school corresponds to work load of 3ECTS points for PhD students. All participants are encouraged to bring a poster describing their research project.



Invited Speakers

Markus Covert (Stanford University, USA)
Genevieve Dupont (UniversitÚ Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
Henrik J÷nsson (Lund Unversity, Sweden)
James Ferrell (Stanford University, USA)
Martin Howard (John Innes Centre, UK)
K.C. Huang (Stanford University, USA)
Ben Kerr (University of Washington, USA)
M. Madan Babu (University of Cambridge, UK)
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)

Poster of the event

Download poster in PDF format (updated on Jul. 19)

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