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© 2002 by Michael Schuster

1st FEBS Advanced Lecture Course - SysBio2005
Systems Biology:
From Molecules & Modeling To Cells

March 12 - 18, 2005
Sport & Erlebnis Hotel**** Gosau

Organized by
Hans V. Westerhoff (The Netherlands)
Roland Eils (Germany)
Karl Kuchler (Austria)

Course Director
Dr. Anneke Koster

Scientific Programme

Outline of the Course

On behalf of the Scientific Advisory Board, it is a pleasure for us to invite you to attend the first FEBS Advanced Lecture Course on Systems Biology, FEBS-SysBio2005.

Systems Biology is one of the most prominent newly emerging interdisciplinary science areas. It connects fields such as genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, mathematics, engineering, cell biology and genetics, with mathematics and computation, so allow for the generation of testable and predictive models of complex cellular pathways and eventually whole cells. This 1st FEBS Course on Systems Biology shall cover all essential aspects of Systems Biology from principles and methods to applications and modeling in living systems.

The Federation of the European Biochemical Societies, FEBS, is the main sponsor of this exciting lecture course. Moreover, contributions from non-profit institutions, such as the BioCentrum Amsterdam, and the FP6 Research Program enabled the organization of FEBS-SysBio2005.

We were able to commit many leading experts to participate as lecturers, and we are thus confident that SysBio2005 will be an outstanding lecture course with an exquisite scientific program.

It will open the doors and hopefully act as the major regular platform for student training in Systems Biology in Europe.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Gosau, Austria

Hans Westerhoff, Roland Eils, Karl Kuchler

Course Organizers


Scientific Programme

There will be 5 Plenary Symposia, each moderated by the indicated chair acting as discussion leader. The chair shall also give an introduction to the topic of the particular symposium.

Tentative List of Invited Lecturers and Chairs

Symposium 1:     Principles of Systems Biology

  • Hans V. Westerhoff (Chairman - NLD)
    • John Doyle (Chaos to robustness)
    • Reinhart Heinrich (Control & regulation)
    • Albert Goldbeter (Self organization)
    • Stefan Schuster (Network principles)
    • Jacky Snoep (Silicon cell)

Symposium 2:      Methods and Tools for Systems Biology

  • Karl Kuchler (Chairman - AUT)
    • Ursula Kummer (Mathematical modelling)
    • Rüdi Äbersold (Proteomics)
    • Shoshana Wodak (Bioinformatics and databases)
    • Douglas Kell (Metabolomics and physiomics)
    • Charlie Boone (Genomics and high-throughput)

Symposium 3:      Systems Biology in Prokaryotes

  • Barry Wanner (Chairman - USA)
    • Uwe Sauer (Metabolic pathways)
    • Jörg Stelling (Signal transduction)
    • Uri Alon (Gene expression)
    • Masaru Tomita (E-cell)
    • Luis Serrano (Gene expression)

Symposium 4:      Systems Biology in Unicellular Eukaryotes

  • Stephan Hohmann (Chairman - SWE)
    • Edda Klipp (Stress response)
    • Roland Eils (Cell cycle and apoptosis)
    • Barbara Bakker (Rationale drug design)
    • Mathias Reuss (Metabolism)

Symposium 5:      Systems Biology in Mammalian Cells

  • Hiroaki Kitano (Chairman - JPY)
    • Ursula Klingmüller (Signal transduction)
    • Boris Kholodenko (Signal transduction)
    • Nicolas le Novère (Neurobiology)
    • Michael Eichelbaum (Detoxification and Pharmacogenmoics)


Finally, the SysBiol Course will be enriched by a Keynote Plenary Lecture delivered by Dennis Noble. A prominent scientist from the list of invited speakers shall deliver the Final Keynote Address to conclude the SysBiol2005 Course.

Oral Presentations

“Workshop Talks” of 20 min and “Short Talks” of 12 min will be delivered during afternoon and evening sessions by principal investigators and graduate students or postdocs, respectively. The SAB shall select all oral presentations of applicants based on submitted abstracts.

Poster Session

The poster session represents a vital part of the SysBiol Course. All abstracts not selected for oral presentations will be on display as posters during the entire course to provide ample time for informal discussions among students, participants and lecturers.

Workshop "Quantitative Data & Standardization"

A special 1-day evening workshop shall initiate training of students in the generation of quantitative biological data using standardized protocols suitable for molecular modeling in SysBiol.

Sattelite Workshops

Representatives of two EC-funded FP6 research networks. EUSYSBIO and SYMBIONIC, as well as members of the Yeast Systems Biology Network (, will gather for a closed 1-day sattelite workshop after the course. Another closed sattelite workshop supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF) will work out strategies for an ESF Forward Look Programme on Systems Biology. The ESF workshop shall discuss strategies for sustained SysBiol training and research programme development in Europe.

Young Investigator Awards  

All abstracts submitted by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows as first authors are subject to scientific evaluation by selected members of the SAB. The best 3 abstracts shall receive the "SysBio2005 Young Investigator Award" at the end of the course.

Systems Biology Researcher Database

Within the EC-funded project EUSYSBIO, we have recently started to develop a database of systems biology researchers. The database should become a major European and global communication platform for systems biology scientists. The registration is free and we invite you to visit the website and register yourself at  Your registration will also help us to organize future conferences and training courses related to systems biology.


Soon to come - a short Timetable, including all types of scientific presentations, will provide a brief overview of FEBS-SysBio2005.

Please note:
You can download and freely distribute the FEBS-SysBio2005 Announcement as well as the course poster as PDF-document.