Last gathering of SystemsX.ch
From September 4-7, 2017, around 200 scientists from a variety of disciplines participated in the 3rd International SystemsX.ch Conference on Systems Biology at ETH Zurich. The event represented the conclusion of SystemsX.ch and showed that the initiative's philosophy of interdisciplinarity has resulted in fruitful collaborations and results which would otherwise never have been achieved.
This third and final SystemsX.ch Conference included talks by leading international and Swiss researchers. The scientific program reflected the current state-of-the-art in the now maturing field of systems biology research, highlighting quantitative approaches at multiple scales, from single molecules and cells to whole tissues and organisms. Bart Deplancke, chairman of the conference’s scientific committee, emphasized the "highly exceptional quality" of the research presented at the conference, which stems not least from the close collaboration of researchers from different fields.
In addition to the program of scientific talks, the conference included three poster sessions with lively discussions and exchange. Over 140 authors presented their latest research in five different categories. The winners of the Best Poster Awards were:
|Norman Juchler, ZHAW||Medical Systems Biology|
|Karthik Sekar, ETHZ||Physics of Living Systems|
|Onur Tidin, EPFL||Single-Cell Biology|
|Homa Mohammadi Peyhani, EPFL||Synthetic Biology|
|Silvia Domcke, FMI||Systems Genomics|
Asked about her impression of the conference, Best Poster Award winner Silvia Domcke states: "I especially liked the broad spectrum of different research areas presented at the conference. Following the talks on topics I don't usually read papers about and seeing what I could adapt for my own work was truly inspiring."
Overall, the feedback by the participants confirmed that, although initially unfamiliar to many researchers, the interdisciplinary approach has led to fruitful research projects and results that would otherwise not have been achieved.
This was the last gathering of SystemsX.ch researchers, as the initiative will come to an end in 2018. Next year there will be another valuable platform for scientific exchange between different systems biology-related disciplines in the form of the Systems Biology Symposium at the annual Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) meeting in February 2018.