Course Contents

The school provides a comprehensive and intuitive introduction to spatiotemporal modeling and computer simulations of spatiotemporal models of biological systems. Emphasis is placed on concepts, and jargon is avoided to the extent possible. Concepts will be demystified and explained intuitively through practical applications. The focus on biological systems is intended to allow participants to:

  • Analyze the dynamic behavior of systems with spatial structure
    (“How do I formalize the dynamics of a biological system in a mathematical model?”)
  • Simulate the model in the computer using numerical methods
    (“How do I simulate emergent behavior from simple model constituents?”)
  • Analyze model output and compare with experiments
    (“How do I validate a model and use it to plan the next experiments?”)

Hands-on tutorials are carried out in small interdisciplinary groups. Each group works on a simulation project throughout the whole week. A competition at the end of the school will award a prize to the best project. The project is proposed by the school teachers and supervised by tutors from different disciplines, who help the groups and guide them with data.

In addition to lectures and project work, we host a series of evening talks by distinguished scientists from various fields related to systems biology. These talks are intended to provide an overview of the breadth of the field also beyond the specific topic of the school.

View a sample schedule of lectures and talks. Learn more about the presenting faculty and tutors.

Poster Session

An initial poster session will be hosted in order for the participants to familiarize themselves with each other’s previous work and current research interests.

Posters (maximum size A0) may include information about any completed or ongoing research, regardless of the discipline or subject. Content may originate from Internship, Bachelor, or Master projects. Posters may also include personal background information (e.g. your origin, course of study, experiences, interests and/or motivation to join the school). We do not require any particular formatting - be creative!

Dresden Summer School

in Systems Biology

The 2018 Application Cycle is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.


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