ESF Research Conferences

ESF-EMBO Symposium


Chaired by


Klaas JanHellingwerfE-Mail
University of AmsterdamScience Faculty - BioCentrumSwammerdam Institute for Life SciencesLaboratory for MicrobiologyAmsterdamNetherlands


John Innes CentreDepartment of Molecular MicrobiologyNorwichUnited Kingdom


14-19 October 2006


Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
The conference will take place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, on the Spanish Costa Brava, 120 km north of Barcelona and 30 km south of Girona. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Barcelona airport, on arrival and departure days.

Final Programme & List of Accepted Participants

This symposium is the first event in this series but also the continuation of the Bacterial Neural Networks series held under the former EURESCO programme. The latter consisted of international meetings on the analysis of the structure and function of regulatory networks involved in the signal transduction in – and between – bacteria, and in their general metabolism. The objective of this ESF-EMBO Symposium is to bridge – and in doing so, profit from – the insights gained in the field of structural biology (both at the molecular- and at the cellular level) and in the field of systems biology. This then will lead to ‘synthetic biology’, i.e. our ability to rationally engineer the properties of living cells. Bacteria are the organisms of choice to make this merge of structural- and systems biology, because of their smaller genome size, restricted compartmentalization, robust growth characteristics, enormous flexibility, excellent accessibility to molecular- and genetic analyses, etc. The grand challenge therefore is to integrate systems biology models for metabolic- and morphological aspects of bacterial growth, and base the required modeling on solid structural and physicochemical characteristics of the underlying molecules. This merge will ultimately allow computational prediction of bacterial growth, i.e. ‘synthetic bacteriology’: Design and construction of bacteria with pre-defined properties.

The conference aims to bring together scientists with diverse backgrounds to foster cross-fertilization and the generation of new ideas.

Topics will include:

  • structural biology at the molecular level;
  • structural biology at the cellular level;
  • network analysis: methodology;
  • network analysis: mathematics;
  • structure and function of signal transduction networks;
  • structure and function of metabolic networks;
  • bacterial pathogenicity;
  • synthetic bacteriology.

In addition to the talks by invited speakers, there will be talks selected from poster abstracts at each section, as well as poster presentations and prizes awarded to the best posters.  

Final Programme PDF (120 KB) Last Updated 10-October-2006
List of Invited Speakers & Accepted Participants

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, guidelines for travel reimbursement, registration & fee payments, accommodation...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...


  • Saturday 14 October: group transportation has been arranged from Barcelona airport to Hotel Eden Roc. Bus departure times will be as follows: 16.00 - 17.30 - 18.30.
    Journey time to Sant Feliu de Guixols is about an hour and a half.
    Airport departure point: the buses will wait in the special bus parking area located just before the A terminal. Please refer to the conference Practical Information Guide for detailed information (Access to the Site, section “Group Transportation”).

  • Thursday 19 October: bus transportation back to Barcelona airport has been organised in a similar way, with buses departing from Hotel Eden Roc at: 13.30 - 14.30

Practical Information Guide PDF (125 KB) Last Updated 28-August-2006

Conference Fees

Fees (1)

What the fees cover

EUR 830

conference, meals and single room

EUR 740

conference, meals and twin OR double room (2)

EUR 510

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)

(1) A 100 EUR supplement is charged on any payment received after the deadline (4 weeks prior to the conference)
(2) Board & lodging for accompanying guests (in double room with conferee) must be arranged and paid to the hotel.
Participants working for private industries (to the exception of Invited Speakers) are requested to pay an additional EUR 190 to the above fees.

Registration Form

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 15 September 2006

ESF Contact

European Science FoundationESF Conferences UnitBrusselsBelgium

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2023
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 06-211 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

With Support from

  • Stichting Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

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