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6th Summer School in Synthetic and Systems Biology 2019
22 - 26 July 2019
Registration deadline
31 March 2019
Abstract submission deadline
31 March 2019

About the School

Recent advances in DNA synthesis have increased our ability to build biological systems. Synthetic Biology aims at streamlining the design and synthesis of robust and predictable biological systems using engineering design principles. Designing biological systems requires a deep understanding of how genes and proteins are organized and interact in living cells: Systems Biology aims at elucidating the cellular organization at gene, protein and network level using computational and biochemical methods.

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at the Scuola Normale Superiore – Pisa, Tuscany, Italy on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The school provides a stimulating environment for students (from Master students to PhD students), Post-Docs, early career researches, academics and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results, and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Given the rapidity with which this field moves, it is challenging for both newcomers and experts alike to stay updated with all of the latest advances. The goal of this summer school and workshop is to bring together scientists from academia and industry with diverse but relevant expertise in a setting conducive to discussion of new results and potential collaborative efforts. Invited talks will cover a wide range of topics ranging from fundamental basic science through to applications. Attendees of this workshop will have the opportunity to hear about the latest findings in this fast-paced field and to establish collaborations with scientists who have complementary expertise.

The Summer School will involve a total of 36-40 hours of lectures, according to the academic system the final achievement will be equivalent to 8 ECTS points for the PhD Students and the Master Students attending the summer school; during the summer school the students will tackle homeworks/projects.


Keynote Speakers

Adam Arkin, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Andrea Califano, Columbia University, USA

Jason Chin, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Virginia Cornish, Columbia University, USA

John Glass, J. Craig Venter Institute, USA

Philip Maini, University of Oxford, UK

Karen Polizzi, Imperial College London, UK

William Shih, Harvard Medical School, USA

Joerg Stelling, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Sarah Teichmann, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute & EMBL-EBI, UK

Danielle Tullman-Ercek, Northwestern University, USA




Oral/Poster Presentation Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019

Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: April 10, 2019

Early Registration: until March 31, 2019

Late Registration: after March 31, 2019


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SSBSS 2019 Directors
Antonino Cattaneo, Massimo Gulisano, Giuseppe Nicosia, Steve Oliver


School Director

Giuseppe Nicosia