International Interdisciplinary Round Table on Biological Networks - September 8th, 2017

"Illuminating Biological Systems from a Network Perspective" - Université de Namur - rue de Bruxelles 61 - 5000 Namur - Belgium

ARGUMENTS:

Understanding systems such as cells, brains, ecosystems, and economics requires not only knowledge of elementary systems components but also knowledge of the way in which these components interact and the emergent properties of their connections. Indeed, connectivity comes in many forms: molecular interactions, metabolic pathways, synaptic connections, web hyperlinks, etc.  Along these lines, over the past decade the study of networks has rapidly expanded across a wide range of these systems, and is constantly improving the approach to their structure, behaviour and evolution.

An efficient approach to the organization of complex systems like the emblematic brain and plant root is a necessary first step to understanding their functions as an integrated one. In this paradigm, Olaf Sporns argues that “connectomics, or ‘network neuroscience’, will not only provide deep insights into how the human brain is organized but also allow us to ask new questions about how the brain structure gives rise to brain function’’.

Following the example of what is expected for the human connectome, the interdisciplinary approach aims to help these systems to examine and clarify each other's structure, dynamics and metadynamics. The format of the one-day round-table seeks to give full play to interdisciplinarity by maximizing interactivity between speakers and between the speakers and the audience.  



INVITED SPEAKERS:


Renaud Lambiotte, naXys, UNamur, Namur, Belgium      Network science

Joanna Bouchat, UrPhyM, UNamur, Namur, Belgium      Brain system

Xavier Draye, UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium              Plant Root System

José-Miguel Barea, EEZ/CSIC, Granada, Spain           Mycorrhizal system  

Pedro C. Marijuán, CIBA, Zaragoza, Spain                 Transcriptional system

Michel Weber, CPP, Brussels, Belgium                 Whitehead's organo-systemic worldview  


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Timoteo Carletti, Université de Namur, Be
Roland Cazalis, Université de Namur, Be
Ron Cottam, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Be
Mireille Meert, Université de Namur, Be
Véronique Orose, Université de Namur, Be

 

PROGRAM

 

8:00

Registration

8:45

WELCOME

9:00-

9:50

Session 1. Renaud Lambiotte: Modularity and stability in networks

10:05-

10:55

Session 2. Joanna Bouchat Bruno Couturier, Catherine Marneffe, Fabrice Gankam Kengne, Benoît Balau, Kathleen De Swert, Jean-Pierre Brion, Luc Poncelet, Jacques Gilloteaux and Charles Nicaise :  Oligodendrocytopathy and astrocytopathy precede myelin loss and blood-brain barrier disruption in a mouse model of osmotic demyelination syndrome

11:10-

11:30

Coffee break

11:30-

12:25

Session 3. Pedro C. Marijuán & Raquel del Moral : The informational guidance of transcriptional networks:  From prokaryotes to eukaryotes

12:40- 14:00

Lunch break and poster session

14:00-

14:50

Session 4. Xavier Draye: Root system from a network perspctive

15:10-

16:00

Session 5. José-Miguel Barea: Mycorrhizas: plant-fungus mutualistic symbioses, fundamental for plant nutrition and health, as viewed from a network perspective

16:15-

16:30

Coffee break

16:30-

17:20

Session 6. Michel Weber: A systemic reading of Whitehead's organic philosophy

17:20-

18:00

Final discussion

18:00-

18:45

Drink



REGISTRATION:

Registration is mandatory:

 

Simple registration : mireille.meert@unamur.be

 

Registration and abstract submission online:

HTTPS://EASYCHAIR.ORG/CONFERENCES/?CONF=IBISNET1

Deadline for registration: August 20th

Free entrance


POSTER SESSION:


Abstracts submission guidelines:

• Deadline for abstract submission: August 5th  
• All authors are required to submit their abstract(s) online:

 

HTTPS://EASYCHAIR.ORG/CONFERENCES/?CONF=IBISNET1


• Abstracts must be submitted in English.
• Abstracts containing original materials and not being already published could be considered for a proceedings issue.


Authors have to choose the presentation preference among one of the session topics:


+    Brain system
+    Metabolic network
+    Plant root system
+    Mycorrhizal system
+    Network science
+    Philosophy of organism
 

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.


ACCEPTANCE:

Once the submission is concluded, the first author will receive an automatic confirmation by email with an abstract number to which he/she will need to refer to any enquiries.

After the review period, all submitters will be informed about abstract acceptance and final allocation by email before 15th of July 2017.


POSTERS:

- At least one of the authors has to be registered to the symposium
- Posters have to be in English.
- Posters can be created in the free style, but you have to make sure that the title, authors and work centres are clearly readable.




CONTACT:

Mireille Meert

mireille.meert@unamur.be

Tel: 003281724119