International Course in Yeast Systems Biology 2013 supported by ERASysAPP

From June 3-10, 2013 the 6th International Course in Yeast Systems Biology (ICYSB) took place at the Lundberg Laboratory of the University of Gothenburg, a major forum for cellular and molecular research in Sweden. In a stimulating atmosphere PhD students and post-doctoral scientist explored general principles of systems analysis of dynamic cellular systems, utilizing yeast as model organism. The course not only introduced theoretical approaches, methods and tools. Hands-on experience was gained during laboratory experiments and computer exercises on mathematic modeling, with a special focus on kinetic modeling of cellular pathways. Discussion groups and group work accounted for interaction and exchange between the students with the aim to stimulate and support each other. But the 24 participants from 14 different countries not only got food for thoughts. Several social events, like the welcome bowling and the Yeast Course Midsummer party, including an early summer swim in a typical Swedish forest lake, provided fine food and plenty of opportunities for networking. This summer course was financially supported by ERASysAPP, as Systems Biology requires suitable model systems for data generation, and yeast offers optimal characteristics as model organism. The course was a joint venture with FEBS, the Federation of the European Biochemical Societies.