Advanced Course on Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology
25 - 29 August 2019
Welcome to the Advanced Course on Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology!
This course is organized by the Systems and Synthetic Biology division at Chalmers University of Technology, and is intended for PhD students, postdocs and industrial researchers that are interested in computational aspects of metabolic engineering. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a strong primer of various (computational) aspects of metabolic engineering. The topics addressed range from constraint-based and kinetic modelling of metabolism, metabolic control analysis, synthetic biology tools and integrative omics data analysis. The course is intensive and will require pre-course studying of material that will be provided closer to the start date.
Setting of the course schedule is in progress and will be finished in the coming weeks.
- The course will run from the morning of Sunday 25th until the end of the afternoon of Thursday 29th.
- Teaching during the course is through a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises.
- The maximum number of students is set at 40.
- For the exercises, students should bring their own laptop, which should preferentially have MATLAB (license required) and R (freeware) installed.
- All students are expected to present a poster.
- Upon request, an examination is available at the end of the course, while 5 ECTS are suggested for satisfactory completion.
February 2019: Registration and abstract submission opens.
April 30th, 2019: Deadline for registration.
May 7th, 2019 Notice of admittance.
July 1st, 2019: Access to study materials.
August 25th, 2019: Start of the course.
- PhD students and postdocs: 2250 SEK*
- Non-academic: 5500 SEK*
(*) excluding VAT
Included in this fee is:
- Access to the study materials.
- 5 day participation at MESB.
- All lunches and coffee breaks.
- Social dinner one of the evenings.
Note: Accommodation and travel are not included in the course fee, so plan your stay in advance (see more information below).
Contact & registration
Please register by completing this form.
This is a draft time schedule, the exact times, lecture topics and lectures might change.
|Day||AM #1||AM #2||PM #1||PM #2|
|Sunday 25 Aug||Metabolic engineering (JN)||Metabolism (JN)||Lunch||Metabolic networks (JN)||Exercise: network reconstruction|
|Monday 26 Aug||Genome-scale model reconstruction (EJK)||Linear programming and flux balance analysis (AZ)||Lunch||Exercise: Genome-scale models in Matlab||Exercise: Genome-scale models in Matlab|
|Tuesday 26 Aug||Synthetic biology tools (FD)||Fermentation technologies (JLM)||Lunch + poster session||Metabolic control analysis (EJK)||Exercise: Metabolic control analysis||Course BBQ|
|Wednesday 26 Aug||Research presentations (PJL, JLM)||Transcriptomics & RNAseq (KC)||Lunch||Proteomics (PJL)||Differential expression analysis (KC)|
|Thursday 27 Aug||Integrative data analysis (JR)||Exercise: integrative data analysis||Lunch||Exercise: integrative data analysis||Exercise: integrative data analysis|
AZ: Aleksej Zelezniak
EJK: Eduard Kerkhoven
FD: Florian David
JLM: José-Luis Martinez
JN: Jens Nielsen
JR: Jonathan Robinson
KC: Kate Campbell
PJL: Petri-Jaan Lahtvee
Travel and accommodation
The course will take place at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Arriving via Landvetter Airport
Taxis are located in front of the airport, with fixed prices for rides into different parts of the city. A taxi ride to Chalmers should cost approximately 450 SEK.
A more economical option is the airport bus (managed by Flygbussarna) that stops just outside the airport and takes you to Göteborg in about 20 minutes for 119/215 SEK for a single/return ticket (return is valid for 3 months, and tickets are cheaper to buy online). If asked, the bus driver can give you a free 90 min ticket that can be used for onward travel within Gothenburg with Västtrafik, the region’s public transport system. To make your way to Chalmers, get off the airport bus at Korsvägen, and take tram 6 (Länsmansgården), 8 (Frölunda) or 13 (Sahlgrenska) for a direct connection to Chalmers.
Note: You cannot pay with cash on the airport bus.
Arriving via Central Station
Gothenburg Central train station is located approximately 4 km away from Chalmers. Upon exiting the central station, keep walking straight to locate the tram and bus stop. Tram 13 (Sahlgrenska) and 7 (Tynnered) are direct connections to Chalmers.
The taxi service is located just outside the exit on the left hand side.
The public transport in Gothenburg is run by Västtrafik, please refer to them for times and schedules.
Note: You cannot pay with cash on public transport, while only trams have machines that accept credit cards!
We do not provide any pre-booked rooms, so plan your stay in advance. Make sure you book your accommodation well in advance, as rooms can be in short supply when university courses are close to starting. Here are a number of suggested hotels close to the venue:
Up to 1000 kr/night
City Hotel Avenyn - from 595 kr/night
Hotel Allen - from 695 kr/night
Hotel Bellora - from 695 kr/night
Quality Hotel Panorama - from 798 kr/night
Hotel Poseidon - from 995 kr/night
We are looking forward to welcome you to MESB19 in August!
MESB19 organizing committee:
- Dr Eduard Kerkhoven
- Dr Verena Siewers
- Prof Jens Nielsen