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Summer school “Economic Principles in Cell Biology” - Paris, July 8-11, 2024

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For the third time, our summer school on Economic Principles in Cell Biology took place at the Learning Planet Institute Paris and online (hybrid). Like our previous summer schools in 2022 and 2023, the school was based on topics from our open textbook “Economic principles in cell biology”, developed as a resource for learning and teaching.

The summer schools target undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers with a natural sciences background (including biological sciences, physics, engineering, or mathematics). They focus on mathematical modeling of cellular systems (without wet experiments) and show how mathematical models and “resource allocation thinking” can help you understand cells.

The school also featured a Night Science lecture on the creative process in science, and an Atelier SEnS, a workshop around participants' personal values and how they align with one's work in research.


Lecture slides will be available here soon.

1. The economy of the cell

2. An inventory of cell components

3. Optimality problems in cells

4. Cell metabolism

5. Optimization of metabolic fluxes

6. Principles of cell growth

7. Growth balance analysis

8. Scaling laws in cell evolution

9. Cells facing uncertainty

10. Economy of organ form and function

11. Diversity of metablic flux distributions

12. The origin of life

13. The return on investment in cells

Financial support