Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Noise in Life

2010, Oct 24 -- Oct 30

M. Falcke (Max Delbruck Center, Berlin)
G. Suel (UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas)
J. García Ojalvo (UPC, Barcelona)


Nontrivial effects of random fluctuations have long been reported in theoretical and numerical studies of general models of stochastic dynamical systems, and also in some experimental model systems (i.e. experiments prepared ad hoc to verify theoretical predictions) in physical and chemical settings. In this process, a substantial amount of theoretical and numerical tools have been developed to analyze the response of dynamical systems to fluctuations. Cell biology, and specially cell regulation, provides us with a natural scenario in which to experimentally explore in a quantitative manner the role of stochasticity in Nature.

Noise in Life 2010 is the fourth event in a series of workshops that aim to bring together experimental and theoretical researchers interested on the effects of random fluctuations in biology. The previous events took place in Barcelona in 2006, Dresden in 2007, and Cambridge in 2009. The main goal of the present edition is to discuss recent advances that take us from observing randomness and variability in cells to establishing the functional roles of noise in life.

Topics covered

- Regulation of gene expression.
- Cell signaling and signal transduction
- Development and differentiation
- Biological rhythms
- Molecular motors
- Intra- and inter-cellular spatiotemporal dynamics

Invited speakers

Natalie Balaban (Hebrew University, Israel)
Javier Buceta (Parc Científic de Barcelona, Spain)
Jaume Casademunt (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Avigdor Eldar (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Albert Goldbeter (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
Olivier Gandrillon (CNRS Lyon, France)
Jeff Hasty (University of California San Diego, USA)
Ben Lehner (Centre de Regulació Genòmica, Spain)
Andras Paldi (Genethon, France)
Rob Phillips (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Pieter Rein ten Wolde (FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, The Netherlands)
Jose Maria Sancho (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Alessandro Torcini (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, Italy)
Jose M.G. Vilar (Ikerbasque, Spain)
Darren Wilkinson (Newcastle University, UK)

Call for participation and contributions

Attendance will be limited to 60 participants. Communications in the form of short talks and posters are welcome. Please submit a title and short abstract (max. 200 words) here.

You have to be registered before submitting contributions.
Deadline for registration and contributions: June 30, 2010.

The organization will be able to cover the accommodation expenses for a very limited number of participants. Those who need support should indicate it when filling in the registration form. The accepted participants and contributions will be made public by July 16, 2010.


The registration fee for the conference is 100 euros to be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193


This workshop is financially supported by:
Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual
European Science Foundation (network FuncDyn)
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spain
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Further Information.

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

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  • Ministerio de educación y ciencia
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Fundación BBVA


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