ESF Research Conferences

COST-ESF Conference


Chaired by


Collegium BudapestInstitute for Advanced StudyBudapestHungary


University of MagdeburgChemical EngineeringDepartment of ChemistryMagdeburgGermany


18 - 23 October 2009


Anna Grand Hotel, Balatonfüred, Lake Balaton, Hungary

The conference will be held at the Anna Grand Hotel in Balatonfüred, a small town with a historic atmosphere located on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. The town looks back on a history of more than two thousand years, as it was inhabited as early as the Roman era. It became truly significant in the 19th century, when it was considered as one of the most important centres of culture and social life in the country. Famous poets, writers and politicians spent their summers and found recreation here. Its attractiveness is due to its beautiful location, the healing power of its carbonated springs and the fine, aromatic wines grown in the uplands.


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Final Programme & List of Accepted Participants

The conference will focus on the unifying organisational and dynamic principles that link systems chemistry with other fields of science. Presentations will go beyond chemistry, but will also allow participants to learn new ways of thinking about chemistry.

Systems theory has laid the conceptual foundations of contemporary approaches. Systems biology combines these approaches with theoretical advances and bioinformatics databases. Systems chemistry is a new field dealing with the analysis and synthesis of autocatalytic chemical systems. The roots of biological evolvability also lie within systems chemistry.

Darwin’s now celebrated theory of evolution by natural selection was universally accepted thanks to the modern synthesis, which unites Darwinian reasoning with classical and population genetics. We are now experiencing a phase of extended evolutionary synthesis deepening and expanding the modern synthesis. Evolution and development (evo-devo) and the theory of niche construction contribute to this advance. Systems chemistry, evolutionary economics, possible evolutionary approaches to brain dynamics and some conceptualisations of linguistic phenomena apply the idea of evolutionary units and the Darwinian dynamics into areas where such thinking is novel and surprising.

The meeting will bring together experts from all these fields in order to approach the power of evolutionary thought in many of its ramifications.

Final Programme PDF (200 KB) Last updated 10-August-2009

List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the programme. All other abstracts have been accepted as posters.

List of Accepted Posters PDF (106 KB) Last updated 10-August-2009

Posters can be fixed with self-adhesive tape onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 100 cm high x 90 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation

All major European flights arriving at Budapest (Ferihegy) International Airport terminal 1 and 2A and oversea flights upon appointment will be met by minibus to transfer you the 130 km to the Hotel. This transfer service will operate free of charge on the arrival day from 15.00 to 21.00 hours and on the departure day from 6.00 to 13.00.

Please go to the Airport Shuttle desk in the arrival hall of terminal 1 or 2 and ask for the next COST group transfer to Balatonfüred. There will be buses for up to 8 people and the assistant at the desk will guide you to your minibus.

In order to arrange for an efficient transfer we will require your flight schedule before the event.

Outside these times, participants should take a train or bus from Budapest. You are encouraged to take advantage of the organized transportation, which is included in the conference fee.


Single accommodation can be guaranteed for invited speakers. All other participants will share TWIN rooms. If single rooms become available for participants, they will be attributed on a "first come, first served" basis. Please email to the Conference Officer to be put on the single room waiting list. If you are bringing a guest and need to be accommodated in a double room, please also let her know without delay. Thanks

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

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: 2 October 2009


Applications closed on 27 July 2009. Should you have missed the deadline, please contact the conference officer (see details at the end of this webpage) and inquire about the procedure to attend the event.

Please note that all grants have been assigned.

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 18 September 2009700 €
Registration and payment LATER THAN 18 September 2009 800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after the official registration deadline.Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

COST OfficeBrusselsBelgium

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 3857
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-332 in any correspondence.

With Support from

  • National Office for Research and Technology (NKTH) has a key role in developing and implementing Hungary's science, technology and innovation policies. NKTH supports financially and by institutional means the creation, dissemination and exploitation of new knowledge and technology. Its activity is financed by the Research and Technology Innovation Fund. This public funding is recycled by NKTH into the Hungarian economy by supporting R&D activities, primarily through its system of calls for proposals. Learn more...