Location & dates Porquerolles, France 10 - 17 Oct 2015
Deadlines Application closed

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.


Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.


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Why Apply?

  • Summary
    This course is focused on mathematical modeling of biological systems. It is designed for PhD students and postdocs from biology with a strong interest for modeling and students from a physics/mathematics background willing to enter the field of biology. Attendance is limited to 21 students to allow for a high ratio of instructors to students. Key modeling concepts and methods will be introduced and illustrated during morning sessions by international leading experts. Afternoons will be dedicated to extensive practical work in small groups, performed on personal computers. The course will cover standard modern methods to model the living cell, and will introduce the students to advanced computational tools, like Cytosim (http://www.cytosim.org) or Smoldyn (http://www.smoldyn.org).

  • Topics
    Topics covered by the course will range from fundamental stochastic processes, like reactions in simple biological networks and stochastic motions of molecular motors (on cytoskeletal filaments), to coarse-grained mathematical descriptions of cytoskeletal mechanics by partial-differential equations. Students will build simulations with the help of instructors, starting from basic building blocks, and learn efficient use of computing resources. Students will also be encouraged to propose topics based on a problem of their choice.

    Every participant should come with a laptop computer. Large breaks and social activities will foster discussions and networking between all the participants of the course.

    The course takes place at Hôtel Club Igesa de Porquerolles, Hyères, France.

    Directions can be found here.