Workshop on biological network analysis

Electrical activity in neural networks, transcriptions in genetic networks, the schooling of fish and diseases spreading in social networks, all biological networks share a common factor: the behaviour of a network is critically determined by its structure. This structure induces collective emergent behaviour that can only be understood by analysing the whole network in relation to its constituent parts.

The relation between network structure, network dynamics and information processing capacity is essential at every scale: from molecules and genes to large neural networks to populations of behaving agents: on every level nodes form complex networks underlying the most essential functions of the brain, body and society. Only recently, with high-throughput techniques, have we begun to collect the vast amounts of data needed to study the structure and functioning of such networks. However, analysing these data is still a challenge and the nature of complex network processes are still poorly understood. This workshop will bring together scientists studying biological networks across disciplines and dimensions, from molecule to independent agent and from data recording to network analysis and simulation.


Friday November 23rd, 9:00 – 13:00


Donders Room, Spinoza building, Montessorilaan 3, Nijmegen, the Netherlands



Time Speaker Title
09:00 – 09:15 Fleur Zeldenrust (Donders Institute / Radboud University) Welcome and introduction
09:15 – 09:45 Julijana Gjorgjieva (Technical University of Munich / Max-Planck Gesellschaft) (virtual) Organizing principles in cortical networks
09:45 – 10:15 Georges Debrégeas (Sorbonne Université) Phototaxis in zebrafish : Behavioral strategies and sensorimotor computation.
10:15 – 10:45 Joni Dambre (Ghent University) Reservoir computing: not everything has to be organised
10:45 – 11:00 coffee break  
11:00 – 11:30 Yiota Poirazi (Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas) (virtual) Computational modelling of neuronal networks with active dendrites.
11:30 – 12:00 Keiko Hirayama (WOLFRAM) (virtual) Neuroscience in the Wolfram Language
12:00 – 12:30 Jacco Wallinga (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)) Networks and infectious disease control 
12:30 – 13:00 Tansu Celikel & Fleur Zeldenrust (Donders Institute / Radboud University) Networks of the mouse barrel cortex, from molecules to behaviour