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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

4th Edition

Introduction to Network Analysis in Life Sciences

September 18th-22nd, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Introduction to Network Analysis in Life SciencesMany features and processes of biological systems can be well represented by networks of interacting elements. In the last decades, network analysis has provided new insights into the organization and functioning of complex biological systems such as brain wiring, genetic regulation, or ecological dynamics. A basic knowledge on network modelling and network analysis will provide biologists a better understanding of cutting-edge research in their fields.

This course will introduce participants into the analysis of complex biological systems using network models. Students will learn the basics of network analysis: gathering information, building network models, and interpret the outcomes of their analysis. This course combines theoretical introduction and computing practices using the free software environment R.

Previous knowledge in R is not required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data for practicing. Emphasis is placed on offering participants a wide overview of network modelling in biology and the many available software tools to do it.

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona.

How to get there

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

34 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 18 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructors

Diego Rasskin-Gutman instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Diego Rasskin-Gutman
Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
Spain

Borja Esteve-Altava Instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Borja Esteve-Altava
The Royal Veterinary College
United Kingdom

Coordinators

Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science
Spain

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences; and basic knowledge of Statistics.

All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Program

Monday, September 18th, 2017. Theoretical Overview, by Dr. Diego Rasskin-Gutman.

  • Introductions and course overview.
  • Conceptual basis of networks analysis.
  • Types of networks.
  • Networks parameters.
  • Networks organization (small-world, scale-free, hierarchical networks).
  • Community detection in networks (modularity).
  • Getting R and RStudio ready to work.


Tuesday, September 19th, 2017. Hands on Computers I, by Dr. Borja Esteve-Altava.

  • The igraph package and the igraph object.
  • Create deterministic networks.
  • Create networks from data (students are welcome to bring their own data).
  • Manipulate network elements and attributes.
  • Calculate network parameters.
  • Identify small-world, scale-free, and hierarchical organization in networks.
  • Create null network models.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. Hands on Computers II, by Dr. Borja Esteve-Altava.

  • Community detection algorithms (detection, validation, and comparison).
  • Overview to secondary extinctions.
  • Overview to bipartite networks and the package bipartite.
  • Students project preparation.


Thursday, September 21st, 2017. Students Projects, supervised by Dr. Borja Esteve-Altava.

  • Student project preparation (in groups of 2-3 persons).


Friday, September 22nd, 2017. Projects Presentations and Feedback, supervised Dr. Borja Esteve-Altava.

  • Each team will present its work to the group for discussion and round table (15-20 min + 10 min).
  • Course feedback.

Literature

  • Esteve-Altava B, Rasskin-Gutman D (2014) Beyond the functional matrix hypothesis: a network null model of human skull growth for the formation of bone articulations. Journal of Anatomy, 225 (3): 306-316.
  • Esteve-Altava B, Boughner JC, Diogo R, Villmoare BA, Rasskin-Gutman D (2015) Anatomical network analysis shows decoupling of modular lability and complexity in the evolution of the primate skull. PLoS ONE, 10(5): e0127653. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127653.
  • Esteve-Altava B, Diogo R, Smith C, Boughner JC, Rasskin-Gutman D (2015) Anatomical networks reveal the musculoskeletal modularity of the human head. Scientific Reports, 5: 8298. DOI: 10.1038/srep08298.
  • Esteve-Altava B, Rasskin-Gutman D (2015) EvoDevo insights from pathological networks: Exploring craniosynostosis as a developmental mechanism for modularity and complexity in the human skull. Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 93: 1-15. DOI: 10.4436/JASS.93001.

Book

Testimonials

You will find below some testimonials from former participants to previous editions of this course:

Josie Pegg

“Thanks to everyone involved in this Transmitting Science course. The location and ambience were lovely, and the instructors very engaging. The course was really well structured with a good mix of theory and practical sessions, and the content and level was perfect, as although I started with little knowledge of both the subject and R it was possible to learn very quickly. I particularly liked the fact that the opportunity existed to work on your own material under supervision which I think will definitely helped me in my PhD.” (1st Edition)

Josie PeggBournemouth University, United Kingdom

Previous editions of this course

2nd Edition, April 20th-24th, 2015

Course Introduction to Network Analysis in Life Sciences - 2nd Edition, April 20th-24th, 2015Fifteen people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • United Kingdom: Bournemouth University, Cardiff University.
  • Spain: Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes – CSIC, Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Germany: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology – Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology – Max Planck Society, University of Düsseldorf.
  • Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo.
  • United States of America: University of California Santa Cruz.
  • The Netherlands: University of Groningen.
  • Italy: University of Milan – Bicocca.
  • Sweden: Uppsala University.

1st Edition, July 14th-18th, 2014

Course Introduction to Network Analysis in Life Sciences - 1st Edition, July 14th-18th, 2014Eight people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Spain: Estación Biológica de Doñana – CSIC, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Poland: Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan.
  • United Kingdom: Bournemouth University.
  • Germany: Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research –
  • France: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique.
  • Switzerland: University of Zurich.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2017):
  • 465
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2017):
  • 650
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
    (VAT included)
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2017):
  • 300
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2017):
  • 300
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2017):
  • 765
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2017):
  • 950
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Accommodation

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in shared dormitories (common bathrooms), although you will only share rooms with other classmates. The possibility exists that the dormitories will be mixed. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience for you, and you require staying in a dormitory with only women, or only men, please indicate so in the “Comments” field of the Registration form (see below).

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinators.

Please be aware that from the centre of Barcelona city it takes about one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola. Course participants will find that staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola is more convenient.

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. You will find information about Hotels in Martorell here, and information about Hotels in Igualada here.

How to get to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Funding

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Scholarship: Thanks to the donations of former participants, this year there is one scholarship for PhD students (the scholarship is in the form of tuition fee waivers only, it does not cover travelling and lodging). If you want to apply please fill up this form. You are expected to send us: 1- Full name and country, 2- Short project related with the course (maximum 2500 characters), 3- Letter of your advisor stating if you have any grant to develop your PhD. Deadline: March 31st. You should register for the course before applying.

Furthermore, a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Schedule

Course ScheduleCourse + Accommodation Package Schedule
Sunday, September 17th, 201719:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information in How to get there.
20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:30 Dinner.
Monday, September 18th through Thursday, September 21st, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 18:30 Lessons.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 18:30 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

Friday, September 22nd, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.

There will be a coffee break during the morning lesson session.

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:15 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to visit a wine cellar.
16:00 Arrival at the wine cellar.
17:30 Bus to Barcelona city.
19:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

There will be a coffee break during the morning lesson session.

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Organizers

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Collaborators

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Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
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European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) Logo
Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia (SBP) Logo

Registration