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International Study Group on Systems Biology


International Study Group on Systems Biology

The International Study Group of Systems Biology (ISGSB) organizes biannual workshops where new developments in systems biology research are discussed between PIs, postdocs and PhD students. The Study Group is specialized in the ‘bottom-up’ branch of Systems Biology, which concerns the detailed molecular mechanisms that lead to emergent biological properties. New developments in technology and modelling, however, bring the genome-wide top-down approach ever closer to the bottom-up approach. The ISGSB stimulates intensive interaction between the different approaches to systems biology and provides ample opportunity for young scientists to present their research.


The Reinhart Heinrich keynote lecture will be given by Thomas Höfer from the German Cancer Research Centre DKFZ in Heidelberg, <Website>





  • Session on Metabolic Pathway Analysis at ISGSB 2012 , organized by Stefan Schuster and David Fell  

The number of published genome-scale metabolic network reconstructions is growing rapidly. Furthermore, these reconstructed networks are becoming more and more detailed and complex. This poses new challenges in the field of metabolic pathway analysis. The classical concepts such as elementary flux modes, extreme pathways or reaction subsets need to be revised and adapted to such large models, for example, to cope with combinatorial explosion. There is a strong need to take into account diverse types of experimental data into pathway analysis. The analysis should facilitate the planning of new experiments and give further insight into the structure and regulation of metabolic networks. The practical aim is to design new biotechnological setups and treatment strategies against various diseases such as malignant cell growth .




We are very happy to offer 10 grants of 250 euros each for participants of ISGSB 2012 who submitted an abstract. Grants will be awarded based on:

1. quality of the submitted abstract and 2. (short) motivation why other funding sources are insufficient. Applications will be evaluated by 3 members of the Science Advisory Board.

The application should be assembled in a single document which contains the abstract together with the motivation letter. You should send your application until July 6, 2012 to  with in the subject header 'application ISGSB grant'.

These grants will be funded from the money left from the Biothermokinetics meeting which was held in Louvain-la-Neuve in 1996 (!), thanks to Hans Westerhoff and Anneke Koster who kept this money available for BTK/ISGSB meetings during all these years!



The upcoming ISGSB meeting wil be held on the isle of Ameland in the Wadden Sea, The Netherlands on September 25-28, 2012. The special theme of the meeting will be Energy Metabolism and Ageing.


The deadline for early registration at low cost and for abstract submission has been extended till June 15



As a satelite to this meeting we will organize a Systems Biology Symposium on Energy Metabolism and Ageing in the city of Groningen, The Netherlands on September 24, 2012

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