6th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School   |   Scuola Normale Superiore - Pisa - Tuscany - Italy   |  July 22-26, 2019
SSBSS 2019
6th International
Synthetic & Systems Biology
Summer School
July 22-26, 2019
Scuola Normale Superiore
Tuscany - Landscape
SSBSS 2019
Pisa - Scuola Normale Superiore - School Venue
SSBSS 2019
Pisa - Luminara of San Ranieri
SSBSS 2019
Pisa - Calci Charterhouse
SSBSS 2019
Pisa - The Square of Miracles - Leaning Tower

About the School

Recent advances in DNA synthesis have increased our ability to build biological systems. Synthetic Biology aims at streamlining the design and synthesis of robust and predictable biological systems using engineering design principles. Designing biological systems requires a deep understanding of how genes and proteins are organized and interact in living cells: Systems Biology aims at elucidating the cellular organization at gene, protein and network level using computational and biochemical methods.

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at the Scuola Normale Superiore – Pisa, Tuscany, Italy on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The school provides a stimulating environment for students (from Master students to PhD students), Post-Docs, early career researches, academics and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results, and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Given the rapidity with which this field moves, it is challenging for both newcomers and experts alike to stay updated with all of the latest advances. The goal of this summer school and workshop is to bring together scientists from academia and industry with diverse but relevant expertise in a setting conducive to discussion of new results and potential collaborative efforts. Invited talks will cover a wide range of topics ranging from fundamental basic science through to applications. Attendees of this workshop will have the opportunity to hear about the latest findings in this fast-paced field and to establish collaborations with scientists who have complementary expertise.

The Summer School will involve a total of 36-40 hours of lectures, according to the academic system the final achievement will be equivalent to 8 ECTS points for the PhD Students and the Master Students attending the summer school; during the summer school the students will tackle homeworks/projects.


Sessions integrate the recent achievements made in the fields of synthetic biology, systems biology, control engineering for synthetic biology, biochemical engineering, synthetic enzyme, evolutionary engineering, integrated omics, tools and methods, and emerging techniques, healthcare, biofuels, chemicals and materials, biologics, microbial and mammalian systems, and other disciplines and applications.

Call for Abstract/Poster submissions should be related to the following areas of synthetic biology, systems biology, genome and genetic engineering:

  • Computational Synthetic Biology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Reading and Writing Genomes
  • Synthetic Genomes
  • Synthetic Circuits and Cells
  • Artificial Tissues and Organs
  • Genomically Recoded Organisms
  • Genome Design
  • Pathway Design
  • Biological Design Automation and Biological CAD
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Genome Engineering
  • Cellular Systems Biology
  • Experimental Synthetic Biology
  • Computational Synthetic Biology
  • Stochastic Gene Regulation
  • Gene Signaling
  • Quantitative Molecular Biology
  • High-throughput Techniques
  • Biological Engineering
  • Industrial Synthetic and Systems Biology

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  • Oral/Poster Presentation Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019 
  • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: by June 15, 2019
  • Early Registration: until May 31, 2019 
  • Late Registration:  after May 31, 2019

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Keynote Speakers

Adam Arkin

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Andrea Califano

Columbia University, USA

Jason Chin

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Virginia Cornish

Columbia University, USA

John Glass

J. Craig Venter Institute, USA

Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro

Imperial College London, UK

Philip Maini

University of Oxford, UK

Steve Oliver

University of Cambridge, UK

Karen Polizzi

Imperial College London, UK

William Shih

Harvard Medical School, USA

Joerg Stelling

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Sarah Teichmann

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute & EMBL-EBI, UK

Danielle Tullman-Ercek

Northwestern University, USA

Ron Weiss



Cristina Di Primio

Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

Simonetta Lisi

Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

Laura Marchetti

Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

SSBSS 2019 Directors

Antonino Cattaneo

Massimo Gulisano

Giuseppe Nicosia

Steve Oliver

Scientific Committee

Richard Allmendinger

The University of Manchester, UK

Matteo Barberis

University of Surrey, UK

Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson

ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland

Leonidas Bleris

The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Paola Branduardi

University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Alberto Castellini

University of Verona, Italy

Jole Costanza

Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Domitilla Del Vecchio


Diego Di Bernardo

TIGEM, Italy & University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy

Barbara Di Camillo

University of Padova, Italy

Giuditta Franco

University of Verona, Italy

Simone Furini

University of Siena, Italy

Emanuele Domenico Giordano

University of Bologna, Italy

John Glass

J. Craig Venter Institute, USA

Jonathan Gootenberg

Harvard University, USA

Guido Grandi

University of Trento, Italy

Markus Herrgard

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro

Imperial College London, UK

Paolo Magni

University of Pavia, Italy

Vincenzo Manca

University of Verona, Italy

Giancarlo Mauri

University of Milano Bicocca, Italy & SYSBIO - Center of Systems Biology, Italy

Giuseppe Narzisi

New York Genome Center, USA

Wieslaw Nowak

Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland

Lorenzo Pasotti

Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy

Chiara Platania

University of Catania, Italy

Danilo Porro

University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Francesco Ricci

University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy

Nicola Segata

University of Trento, Italy

Velia Siciliano

Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Giovanni Stracquadanio

University of Edinburgh, UK

Gianna Maria Toffolo

University of Padova, Italy

Renato Umeton

MIT, USA & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Harvard Medical School, USA

Luca Zammataro

Yale University, USA

School Director

Giuseppe Nicosia

Scuola Normale Superiore - Pisa
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7 - Pisa - Tuscany - Italy


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