The systems biology of microbial infection aims to understand the interaction between hosts and pathogens by the integrative combination of experiment and theory. The focus of this symposium is on the interaction between the immune systems of humans or animals and bacterial or fungal pathogens. We welcome contributions that, for example, concentrate on

  • unraveling pathogenicity mechanisms by a systems biology approach,
  • reconstructing cellular networks based on time series data,
  • analysing spatio-temporal aspects of infection processes,
  • identifying diagnostic biomarkers and potential drug targets,
  • exploring strategies for personalized therapy.

You are cordially invited to attend this international symposium that takes place biennially at the HKI-Center for Systems Biology of Infection in Jena, Germany.


The symposium will be held on September 21-22, 2017.


The symposium will be located in the city of Jena, Germany, at the HKI-Center for Systems Biology of Infection that is part of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll Institute (HKI), Beutenbergstrasse 11a, 07745 Jena, Germany.

Invited Speakers (all confirmed):

Collateral sensitivity network outlines the path to
targeted strategies against resistance

Lejla Imamovic
Bacterial Synthetic Biology, Technical University Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Mathematical Modelling of Streptococcus pneumoniae
Colonization, Invasive Infection and Treatment
Reiko J. Tanaka
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Systems Biology of Tuberculosis
January  Weiner
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany
Meta Systems Biology and Network-Based Drug Design
Hans V. Westerhoff

Professor of Synthetic Systems Biology and Nuclear Organization, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor of Microbial Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor of Systems Biology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom


You are invited to submit your abstract for a presentation of your recent work not later than June 15, 2017.


NEW FORMAT "Tandem-Talk": You can now choose between three options for your presentation, which are the usual poster and talk presentations as well as a tandem-talk presentation. A tandem-talk will be given by two speakers on the same topic, i.e. the speakers will switch back and forth one or more times during their common presentation. In this way, we want to strengthen the idea of systems biology and naturally expect an experimentalist and a theoretician to team up in such a tandem-talk. We think that this enables to more comprehensively represent both aspects of a systems biology project. To support this format, speaking time for tandem-talks will be twice as long as for normal talks.



For early bird registrations before August 1, 2017, the participation fee is 100 € per person.

Late registrations after August 1, 2017 are welcome at a participation fee of 130 € per person.


For more information, abstract submission and registration, please visit: