[3dem] International Course Announcement.

Isambert Herve Herve.Isambert at curie.fr
Wed Sep 3 00:44:20 PDT 2014

International course announcement
Multi-scale integration in biological systems - 2014

Theme of course: Physical description of biological systems, from the single molecule to organisms.

Description of course: One of the fundamental issues in biology is the understanding of the relationship between the multiple spatial and temporal scales observed in a biological system. From molecules to a cellular function, from a collection of cells to an organism, or from individuals to a population, the complex interactions between singular elements can give rise to “emergent” properties at the ensemble level. To what extent can the spatial and temporal order seen at the system level be explained by subscale properties?

Objective of course: The course will give an overview of modern physical tools that have been developed to address the issue of scale integration (mornings) and will show how these tools can be applied to specific biological systems (afternoons).


  *   Statistical physics of out of equilibrium systems / Information theory, inference techniques.
  *   Non-linear physics, criticality / bistability, switches, oscillations, signal amplification.
  *   Self-organization, collective phenomenon, phase transitions / pattern formation, flocks, cellular architecture, development.
  *   Evolution, cooperativity and competition / population genetics, evolutionary approach of cancer.
Provisional Program:

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Audience: Master-2 students, PhD students and postdocs interested in the interface between physics and biology. The course will provide 3 ETCS at some doctoral schools in Paris (e.g. ED PIF and ED FDV). Students or researchers can also audit the course without receiving credit.

Conditions of selection: Participants will be selected on the basis of their research interest (CV) and motivation statement. Each participant will give an oral presentation on his/her work or on a research article proposed by the lecturers (20 min + 10 min questions). In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to present a poster which will remain on display during the whole duration of the course.

Date of course: November 13-18, 2014

Application deadline: 21 September 2014

Location: Institut Curie - Paris

Registration fees: No registration fees are requested. Lunches will be provided by Institut Curie. Participants’ home laboratories are responsible for paying travel and lodging. Institut Curie will reserve hotel rooms at preferential rates. A few fellowships will be available upon request.

Registration: click here<http://enseignement.curie.fr/fr/content/registration-form-1st-course-multi-scale-integration-biological-systems>

Organizers: M. Coppey, M. Dahan, H. Isambert, P. Martin, P. Silberzan, A. Walczak

Contact: multiscale.integration2014 at curie.fr<mailto:multiscale.integration2014 at curie.fr>

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