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From Molecules to Living Systems

Press Release No. 137/2011
9 May 2011
Symposium to mark the opening of the new Centre for Organismal Studies at Heidelberg University

The scientific symposium “From Molecules to Living Systems“ held on Friday, 13th May 2011, will celebrate the opening of the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) at Heidelberg University. The centre marks the merge of the former Institutes of Zoology and Plant Sciences in the Faculty of Biosciences and focuses on the interdisciplinary research of living organisms. The organisers have invited nine prominent speakers both national and international. Their presentations will address mechanistic details in the context of the organism in its full complexity and contribute to an integral understanding of the subject of biology.

The managing director of COS, Prof. Dr. Jochen Wittbrodt, emphasizes that “Heidelberg University distinguishes itself with a long tradition of innovative scientific research that is based on collaboration embracing different topics and disciplines. Establishing the Centre for Organismal Studies is prerequisite for research on the complex biological mechanisms of a living system, stretching from molecular analysis across the cell to the whole organism.” In future, research ranging from physiology and metabolism to cell biology and development on model systems in both plants and animals will be carried out in unison.

The symposium, sponsored by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, offers a programme with talks on the cell and developmental biology of plants and animals with further presentations on physiology, evolution and neurobiology. Around 350 people are expected to participate, including representatives of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. Further information on the symposium „From Molecules to Living Systems“ can be found under Participation can be registered under or directly prior to the event from 08:00 to 08:30 hrs.

Note for news desks:
The symposium will be held in the large lecture hall, Im Neuenheimer Feld 230 from 08:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Emma Tallack
Centre for Organismal Studies
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