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Training in Systems Biology Applied to Flowering

Objective

We will educate and train young scientists to apply an interdisciplinary systems-based approach to complex biological questions using plant reproduction as a model system. Systems approaches are not routinely taught, have been identified as an area requiring urgent PhD-level training in some European countries and require network-scale working practices. We have assembled a team with International research reputations in two key areas for the success of this project: half are experimental and half are computational/mathematical scientists. We will place 9 PhD students under the supervision of this team, focussed on this single biological problem. Students assigned to experimental groups will use advanced techniques to generate data for the computational groups. The computational students will inform, analyse, interpret and model the data and their models will be validated by the experimental groups. A series of laboratory placements will ensure a wide range of subject-specific training and exchanges between the experimental and computational groups will lead to a greater understanding at the interface of these disciplines. The integration of a team of PhD students into this project, so that they each see their contributions as essential and integral parts of the success of the strategy, combined with the supervison and co-ordinated discipline-specific and generic training schedule will produce a cohort of young scientists trained in systems biology. The core skills and approaches that will be instilled into the young scientists and the integration of industry into the project, will equip them to take a systems approach to any biological question and prepare them for a career in an academic or industrial environment. Scientific outcomes will include the use of advanced techniques to provide the quantity and quality of data required to model floral regulation, the use of computational approaches to generate predictive models and their experimental validation.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 333 486,21
Administrative Contact
Kathy Brownridge (Ms.)

Participants (7)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 394 070,60
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Van Klinken
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 226 653,89
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mario Ferrante (Mr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 196 904,40
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
George Coupland (Prof.)
JOHN INNES CENTRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 207 652,50
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney
NR4 7UH Norwich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mary Anderson (Dr.)
BIOBASE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 196 904,40
Address
Halchtersche Strasse 33
38304 Wolfenbuettel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Birgit Lewicki-Potapov (Dr.)
INSTYTUT GENETYKI ROSLIN POLSKIEJ AKADEMI NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 155 166
Address
Ul Strzeszynska 34
60-479 Poznan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pawel Krajewski (Prof.)
VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 194 810
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rik Audenaert (Mr.)