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Programme

Systems and Synthetic Biology: Scientific and Social Implications

7-8 November 2008, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Friday, 7 November
08:00-08:50

Registration

08:50-09:00

Welcome addresses
Hermann Bujard, Executive Director, EMBO
Halldór Stefánsson, Science and Society Programme Manager, EMBL


Session I:

Systems approaches: from descriptive to predictive biology
Chair: Uwe Sauer, ETH


09:00-09:10

Introduction
Uwe Sauer, ETH


09:10-09:40

Systems Biology: a new paradigm?
Denis Noble, Oxford University


09:40-10:10

Making sense of the complexity of ageing
Tom Kirkwood, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom


10:10-10:40

Integrative Approaches to Biology in the 21st Century
Marvin Cassman, QB3, USA


10:40-11:10

Coffee break

11:10-11:40

Systems Medicine: the Emergence of Predictive, Personalized, Preventive and Participatory (P4) Medicine and the Impact of P4 Medicine on Society
Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology

11:40-12:40

Panel Discussion:
Lars Steinmetz, EMBL
Thomas Lemberger, Journal of molecular systems biology
Joan Fujimura, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Helga Nowotny, European Research Council (ERC)

12:40-14:00

Lunch

Session II:

Synthetic biology
Chair: Victor de Lorenzo, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, CSIC

14:00-14:10

Introduction
Victor de Lorenzo, Centro Nacional de Biotecnolgia

14:10-14:40

Diversity: a driving force for life's inception and synthesis
Doron Lancet, Weizmann Institute of Science

14:40-15:10

Life and perpetuation of life of a synthetic bacterium
Antoine Danchin, Institute Pasteur

15:10-15:40

Ribosome Engineering & New Genetic Codes
Jason Chin, Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

15:40-16:10

Coffee break

16:10-16:40

First life, and next life: The origins and synthesis of living cells
David Deamer, University of California Santa Cruz

16:40-17:40

Panel Discussion:
Luis Serrano, Centre for Genomic Regulation
Nicholas Luscombe, European Bioinformatics Institute
Luis Campos, Drew University
Sibylle Gaisser, Fraunhofer Institute System- und Innovationsforschung

18:00-19:00

Aperitif

19:00-20:30

Conference dinner

Saturday, 8 November
Session III:

On uses, and the danger of abuses, of new know-how and technologies
Chair: Regine Kollek, Hamburg University


09:00-09:10

Introduction
Regine Kollek, University of Hamburg

09:10-09:50

Synthetic biology: Goethés dream
Andres Moya Simarro, University of Valencia

09:50-10:30

Challenges and Opportunities for Systems Biology and Drug Discovery: A Perspective
Adriano Henney, Astra Zeneca

10:30-11:10

Governance of Synthetic Biology: Science, Policy and Citizens
Joyce Tait, University of Edinburgh

11:10-11:40

Coffee break

11:40-12:40

Panel discussion:
Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University
Alexander Kelle, University of Bath
Berthold Rutz, European Patent Office

12:40-14:00

Lunch

Session IV

Paradigm shifts vs. Fashion shifts in Science
Chair: Thomas Potthast, University of Tübingen


14:00-14:10

Introduction
Thomas Potthast, University of Tübingen

14:10-14:50

Systems Biology: New Paradigm or just Fashion?
Evelyn Fox Keller, MIT

14:50-15:30

Calculating life? A sociological perspective on systems biology
Jane Calvert, University of Edinburgh

15:30-16:10

The place of systems biology and synthetic biology in the history of biology
Michel Morange, ENS/Paris 6

16:10-16:40

Coffee break

16:40-17:40

Panel Discusson:
Arantza Etxeberria Agiriano, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Philip Bastiaens, MPI für Molekulare Physiologie
Bettina Bock v. Wülfingen, Humboldt University

17:45-18:00

Closing Remarks
Iain Mattaj, Director General, EMBL