Photo of the tree-lined approach to Chicheley Hall.

28-29 July 2013, Chicheley Hall, United Kingdom

Multi-Scale Systems Biology

The International Council for Science’s first collaborative Bio-unions Symposium is a satellite conference of the 2013 IUPS Congress, and will bring together, at the Royal Society’s stately Chicheley Hall, scientists working on all aspects of systems biology.

The meeting will bring together representatives of the ICSU Bio-Unions to develop a roadmap for the development of multi-scale systems biology that addresses the diverse needs of these unions, as well as the wider systems biology community.

The National Institutes of Health’s definition states that systems biology is an approach in biomedical research to understand the larger picture — be it at the level of the organism, tissue, or cell — by putting its pieces together. It’s in stark contrast to decades of reductionist biology, which involves taking the pieces apart.

Symposium programme

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Day 1: Sunday, 28 July

Time Speaker
9 - 9.30am Welcome: Introduction and goals for the meeting
Andrew McCulloch and Peter Hunter
9.30-10am A systems biological view of Evolutionary Biology: all in the interactions
Denis Noble (IUPS President)
10-10.30am An overview of VPH/Physiome activities
Peter Hunter
10.30-11am The Virtual Liver: A multidisciplinary, multiscale challenge for systems biology
Adriano Henney
11-12pm Discussion
12-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-2pm Articulating physiology knowledge about tissues for drug discovery
Bernard de Bono
2-2.30pm Bridging the genotype-phenotype gap: what does it take?
Stig Omholt
2.30-3pm Recent advances in plant physiomics
Charlie Hodgman
3-4pm Discussion
4-6.30pm Poster Presentations
6.30pm Dinner

Day 2: Monday, 29 July

Time Speaker
9 - 9.30am Mapping metabolic systems biology
Hans Westerhoff (IUBMB)
9.30-10am HD-Physiology Project -A Japanese Flagship Physiological Modeling Project
Hiroaki Kitano
10-10.30am A hidden system for superoxide disposal
Pingfan Rao (IUFoST)
10.30-11am The role of antioxidants in the immune function
Ibrahim Elmadfa (IUNS President)
11-12pm Discussion
12-1pm Lunch
1-1.30pm Comparative and evolutionary systems biology: examples from an endless frontier
Malcolm Gordon (IUPS)
1.30-2pm Multiscale regulatory networks in the brainstem
Rajanikanth Vadigepalli
2-2.30pm The interplay between ecology and evolution in host-vector-pathogen systems: Yersinia pestis as an example
Nils Christian Stenseth (IUBS President)
2.30-3pm Bioinformatics at EBI: fulfilling the work of Systems Biology
Janet Thornton (EBI)
3-4pm Discussion

Poster Submission

We are now accepting poster abstract submissions for the Symposium. Please complete your poster abstract applications using the following format and email to by 30 June 2013.

Abstract title

Jones D, Smith JA and Brown K

Some Institution, Some Street Address, Some City, Some Postcode, Some Country

This is where the content of your abstract goes. Please structure it roughly into Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (no subheadings). Limit the number of references to no more than 10, use superscripted numbers in square brackets as the “in-text-callout”,[1] and give full titles as part of the bibliographic information and list all authors (see example below).

You can insert tables and black and white figures with legends, but please make sure your whole abstract, including references, fits on no more than one page.

Please do not alter the layout of this page and use the different styles appropriately (“Abstract Title”, “Abstract Authors”, “Abstract Institution”, “Abstract Contents”, “Abstract Legend” and “Abstract References”).

[1] Jones D, Smith JA and Brown K. The title of the paper. Journal Name in Italics YEAR/VOLUME: StartPage-EndPage.

Travel Awards

We have a number of travel awards available to defray the cost of flights, accommodation and registration fees. Priority will be given to early career researchers and researchers attending from developing nations.

Please complete the form below and return to by 15th June 2013, along a full CV.

For applicants below Associate Professor grade please also provide a letter of support from a mentor/supervisor.


Delegates to the symposium will have the opportunity to purchase a registration ticket that includes accommodation at the venue, Chicheley Hall. Alternatively, delegates may prefer to register for just the symposium and find accommodation at another hotel. If you would like to arrange your stay at a venue other than Chicheley Hall please contact one of these hotels directly (rooms and rates are subject to availability).

Swan Revived Hotel

High Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 8AR |

Swan Revived Hotel has rooms ranging from £65-80 per night (all of which are en-suite and include free broadband access, tea and coffee-making facilities, direct-dial telephone and satellite television). The Swan Revived Hotel is located 2.4 miles from Chicheley Hall.

De Vere Venues Harben

Harben House, Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9EY | De Vere Venues Harben

For the special ICSU bio-unions satellite symposium group rate of £45 per night( including breakfast) – please call the De Vere sales team directly on +44 1908 215602 or +44 1908 215603 and quote the code ‘IUPS’. This discounted room rate cannot be accessed online, and bookings will be non-refundable and subject to availability. All contain a standard double bed along with en suite bathrooms, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Harben also has free on-site parking and free wifi. De Vere Venues Harben is situated 2.5 miles from Chicheley Hall.

Symposium organisation

Send your queries about registration and accommodation for the symposium to Kate Harsant, (e:

Register for the symposium

Registration for the ICSU bio-unions satellite symposium is now open. Please make your selection from the two registration options provided below. You will then be redirected to the Eventbrite website to finalise your registration. Registration prices are quoted in US dollars.