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Upcoming courses & events 

In this update we would like to inform you about the following upcoming events:
  1. BioSB course: Programming in Matlab - March 13, 2017
  2. Lorentz Workshop: Life Sciences with Industry 2017 - April 3-7, 2017
  3. BioSB PhD retreat 2017 - April 3, 2017
  4. BioSB 2017 conference - April 4-5, 2017
  5. BioSB course: Quantitative & Predictive Modelling - June 26-30, 2017 

BioSB course: Programming in Matlab

March 13, 2017, Wageningen

Registration is open for the BioSB course: Programming in Matlab. 

The main goal of this course is to get acquainted with Matlab software for use within Systems Biology. After this introductory course you will have gained the basic knowledge to pursue further use via self-study of Matlab in order to apply more advanced programming techniques within Matlab in your own research. In summary, the sub-goals are: 1) to learn the philosophy behind Matlab and its syntax, 2) to program simple Systems Biology models in Matlab (in ordinary differential equation format) and to solve these differential equations with Matlab.

Course description
This is a one-day introduction to the possibilities of Matlab as a programming environment for simulation and analysis of biological models. We will start with a simple introduction of the basics of Matlab (matrices, vectors, manipulation of matrices and presentation of data). Having obtained some basic programming knowledge (writing of simple scripts and functions in Matlab), we will move on to more advanced topics. These include programming and solving ordinary differential equation models (ODEs) and the concept of “vectorized thinking” while writing Matlab-code. Finally, calibration of parameters in ODE type of models using measured data will be discussed and examples will be given. The course also includes the basics of presenting your results (graphing) in various types of plots that can easily be drawn in Matlab. Participants will, of course, get hands-on experience with Matlab and write code themselves in a practical.

Target audience
Primarily researchers from academia, but participants from the private sector are also welcome. The course focusses on the use of Matlab for building dynamic Systems Biology Models in terms of ordinary differential equations.

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Lorentz Workshop Life Sciences with Industry 2017

April 3-7, 2017, Leiden

We invite researchers (especially PhD students and postdocs) from all branches of the life sciences to participate in the one-week Lorentz workshop Life Sciences with Industry 2017 in Leiden: April 3–7, 2017. During the workshop, the about 24 participants will tackle in groups of eight, three scientifically challenging and commercially important problems formulated by the following three companies.

  • Bejo Zaden B.V. - Genomic selection, genome-wide selection or genomic prediction in vegetables
  • BaseClear B.V. - DNA data storage: reading and writing data in DNA in fast and cost-effective way
  • Heineken - Getting the taste of alcohol in alcohol-free drinks

To create multi-disciplinary teams, participants will be selected based on their (i) specific background, (ii) motivation to participate, and (iii) date of registration (first come first served).

The workshop will take place in Leiden in the building of the Lorentz Center, an organisation that is specialised in organising scientific workshops.

You can register via the workshop website. Deadline: Sunday March 19, 2017. Participation is free of charge, including hotel accommodation, lunches and two dinners during the workshop.

The workshop is sponsored by the Lorentz Center, the BioSB research school, NWO - Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences and the three companies involved.

Need for more information? Contact (Gerda Filippo) at the Lorentz Center (phone  +31 71 527 5401).

The organisers:

  • Dr. Gökhan Ertaylan, MaCSBio, Maastricht University
  • Dr. Karen van Eunen, University of Groningen
  • Dr. Ellen Feddes, NWO-Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences, Utrecht
  • Prof. Dr. Bas Teusink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Prof. Dr. em. Roel van Driel, Universiteit van Amsterdam

BioSB PhD retreat 2017

April 3, 2017, De Werelt, Lunteren

YoungCB (ISCB Regional Student Group Netherlands) is pleased to invite you to the BioSB PhD retreat 2017 in the afternoon of April 3rd. The retreat will be held in Lunteren at the Congrescentrum De Werelt, preceding the BioSB conference. The retreat is sponsored by the BioSB research school. 

Keynotes will be given by Dr. Amrapali Zaveri, Post-doc at Stanford University and Dr. Erik Schultes, FAIR Data Scientific Project Leader at DTL. A workshop will be given by Dr. Amrapali Zaveri about how to use SPARQL Endpoints to query various biological data resources. In the evening there will be a dinner in the centre of Lunteren, followed by a fun social event at the conference centre bar. The evening program provides you the opportunity to network with fellow (PhD-) students and young researchers.

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BioSB 2017 conference - registration open

April 4-5, 2017, De Werelt, Lunteren

On April 4-5, 2017 the 3rd BioSB conference will be organised: BioSB 2017. The BioSB 2017 conference will discuss the latest developments in bioinformatics, systems and computational biology and interrelated disciplines, and their wide-ranging applications in life sciences & health, agriculture, food & nutrition.
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BioSB course: Quantitative & Predictive Modelling

June 26-30, 2017, Wageningen

In this Quantitative and Predictive Modelling course the participants learn how to describe the dynamic behaviour of biological systems and to integrate experimental data. Concepts of modelling are introduced via a great variety of examples taken from diverse practices. The emphasis is on providing an introduction into modelling approaches rather than an in-depth treatment of a few techniques. So, the course provides a broad overview of Modelling in the Life Sciences and is as such useful for a broad audience. The course is a mixture of theory sessions and computer practicals. During the practicals Matlab is used. Participants not acquainted with Matlab will get an introduction. The course has to be completed with assignments in the form of practical exercises as homework afterwards. 

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