Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum


Lecture Series: Life in Numbers

31.05.2017, Berlin | During the 2017 summer term, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences (IRI) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with support from the Ernst Schering Foundation, hosts the colloquium “Life in Numbers.” The colloquium features lectures by outstanding international scientists who present their current research in the field of quantitative biology. June will see two lectures in the five-part series: On June 1, at 4 p.m., Peter Lénárt from the EMBL in Heidelberg will give a talk entitled “The same, only different: How does the cytoskeleton adapt to meisosis-specific functions?,” and on June 22, at 4 p.m., Joe Howard from Yale University, USA, will talk about “Microtubules, motors, and morphogensis.” The IRI Colloquium is aimed at students, doctoral candidates, researchers as well as the interested public.

Colloquium on “Life in Numbers”

The understanding of the biological complexity of ecosystems, whole organisms through the level of single cells requires quantitative thinking along with empirical testing and predictive theory. Common mathematical themes of e.g. spatial and temporal scales or stochastic and dynamic processes play a role in many if not all biological questions. The central goal of Quantitative Biology is the deduction of fundamental principles of living systems and diseases. To make biology quantitative and predictive, it draws upon math-based reasoning and advanced instrumentation from physical science and engineering.

In the IRI Schering Colloquium "Life in Numbers", internationally renowned scientists present the values of key numbers that describe and drive the living world.


Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences
Michaelis Bldg. 18 | Maud Menten Hall (4th floor)
Philippstr. 13 | 10115 Berlin

May 4, 2017, 4 p.m.
Luis Serrano (CRG Barcelona)
Is it possible to computer model a cell?

June 1, 2017, 4 p.m.
Peter Lénárt (EMBL Heidelberg)
The same, only different: how does the cytoskeleton adapt to meiosis-specific functions?

June 22, 2017, 4 p.m.
Joe Howard (Yale University)
Microtubules, motors and morphogenesis

September 7, 2017, 4 p.m.
Johan Elf (Uppsala University)
Probing intracellular kinetics at single molecule sensitivity

October 12, 2017, 4 p.m.
Rob Phillips (Caltech)
Transcription by the numbers

The lectures will be in English.

Registration is not required.

IRI Colloquium

The IRI Colloquium is an event series focusing on a different topic each semester. Internationally renowned scientists are invited to provide insight into their current research. In addition to being able to participate in the discussions that are part of the lectures, young scientists are also given the opportunity for individual conversations to talk about and receive inspiration for their own research. The Ernst Schering Foundation supports the “Life in Numbers” colloquium during the 2017 summer term, since it addresses important aspects of basic research in the life sciences and encourages the cross-disciplinary networking of Berlin-based scientists.


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