IAS Dialogues: Emerging Scales in Biology?

26Jan2017 14:00 - 17:00

Event

In this first session of the IAS Dialogues a group of researchers from different academic backgrounds will reflect on: Emerging Scales in Biology?

Multiscale Systems Biology

When thinking about Multiscale Systems Biology the first that comes to mind are the levels of biological organization; from the quantum level, via the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and organism-level to the environment. There seems to be a growing consensus that multiscale systems biology requires what Sydney Brenner and Denis Noble call the ‘middle out approach’, taking into account upward and downward causation to higher and lower levels of organization.

In this first session of the IAS Dialogues a group of researchers from different academic backgrounds will meet at the institute to ponder over curiosity-triggered questions such as: Can we formalize these ideas, maybe starting with John Holland’s fundamental notion of ‘Signals and Boundaries’? And can we start to ask why these levels of organization emerged? And can we see ‘multiscale’ as an emergent property of nature? Or is it just an invention of those who create the models?

Scientific Lead: Alfons Hoekstra

 

Published by  UvA Institute for Advanced Study