LIMS & joint symposium:
Mathematics of cell programming

Starts in

March 10, 2022

London | UK

The Royal Institute of Great Britain



In person


10 March | 2022


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Contact London Institute of Mathematical Sciences for details

The London Institute and host a two-day international meeting to unravel the theory of cell programming at the Royal Institution.

This intimate two-day meeting, hosted by and the London Institute of Mathematical Sciences is a call to arms, bringing together researchers from physics, mathematics, machine learning and cell biology. It emphasises spirited discussions over scientific presentations. It takes place in the historic Lecture Theatre at the Royal Institution used by Davy and Faraday, with break-out sessions in the adjoining heritage rooms.
The focus of the symposium is on the theory of cell programming: achieving external control of cell programmes can allow for the fine manipulation over cell identity, with the potential to reverse damage and treat diseases. Despite isolated experimental successes, mathematical models for understanding cell identity and predicting cell transitions remain elusive. This is partly due to the complexity of cell regulation, which involves processes across multiple time and organisational scales. It also stems from a disconnect between the research culture of cell biologists and mathematical scientists.
We urgently need theoretical models to catch up with experimental observations so that we can make this qualitative field more predictive.

The workshop will include 9 talks across the 3 themes of biology, theory and computation aimed at giving a broad perspective on the challenges and open questions in cell programming. CEO Mark Kotter will give a talk under the biology theme on the first day of the event.

Between the talks, attendees can participate in chalk talks given at blackboards placed throughout the RI’s library and anteroom. These are an opportunity for smaller and more interactive discussions where participants can present recent advances they have made, problems they face in research and work collaboratively towards new approaches.

To attend, contact the London Institute of Mathematical Sciences or propose a Chalk Talk on the event homepage

Chalk talks are an attempt to step back from the usual technical seminar, towards a more interactive and collaborative way of communicating. In a chalk talk, one researcher leads a small group discussion at the blackboard for 30 to 45 minutes. The format is flexible—it can be anything from a high level overview of results to a panel discussion on a topic that needs rethinking. Chalk talks are a chance to leverage the tremendous expertise we have gathered and to form long-term connections and collaborations. Think of them as an extension of a group meeting to the wider cell programming community.