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.

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General information

  • The course will run from the morning of Sunday August 25th until the end of the afternoon of Thursday August 29th.
  • Teaching during the course is through a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises.
  • Before the course, a detailed self-study plan will be distributed. It is important that the students study this material before the course to prepare themselves, as the lectures will be have a high pace and cover many different topics.
  • 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.

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Critical dates

February 2019: Registration and abstract submission opens.

May 17th, 2019: Deadline for registration.

May 24th, 2019 Notice of admittance.

July 1st, 2019: Access to study materials, provided by email.

August 25th, 2019: Start of the course.

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Course fee

  • 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).

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Contact & registration

Please register by completing this form.

For any questions, please contact Eduard Kerkhoven or Verena Siewers.

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This is a draft time schedule, the exact times, lecture topics and lectures might change.

Day 8:30-10:10 10:30-12:10 13:30-15:10 15:30-17:30
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 27 Aug Synthetic biology tools (FD) Fermentation technologies (JLM) Lunch + poster session Metabolic control analysis (EJK) Exercise: Metabolic control analysis Course BBQ
Wednesday 28 Aug Research presentations (PJL, JLM) Transcriptomics & RNAseq (KC) Lunch Proteomics (PJL) Differential expression analysis (KC)
Thursday 29 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

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Travel and accommodation

The course will take place at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Arrival information

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.

Getting around
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!

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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 325 kr/night
Slottsskogens Vandrarhem & Hotell - from 215 kr/night
Linnéplatsens Hotell & Vandrarhem - from 325 kr/night

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

Over 1000 kr/night
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel - from 1195 kr/night
Scandic Rubinen - from 1257 kr/night

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We are looking forward to welcome you to MESB19 in August!

MESB19 organizing committee:

  • Dr Eduard Kerkhoven
  • Dr Verena Siewers
  • Prof Jens Nielsen

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