Workshop theme

The scope of Artificial Life has significantly expanded in the last decade --- from in silico software simulations (soft Alife) to robotic implementation (hard Alife) and experimental biological experiments (wet Alife). This workshop workshop focuses on the last perspective of Alife. In particular, we focus on "reconstructed natural biological systems", which refer to artificially constructed biological systems that consists of smaller biological components --- be it microcosm (aritifical ecosystem from microorganisms) or protocells (vesicules or droplets encapsulating biochemical reaction systems).

As alternative to reductionist appraches, constructive approaches to understand biological systems have been proved to be quite fruitful in several research fields (e.g. Lenski's long-term experimental evolution). However, workshops or conferences that cover the topic are still rare. Here, this workshop aims to provide a unified and multi-disciplinary platform that brings together and facilitate exchanges between researchers from different fields of reconstructed biological systems. The workshop also features research on system modelling and analyses, which are crucial to understand biological complex networks.
Topics of the workshop include (but are not limited to):

  • Protocells
  • Bio/chemical droplet systems
  • Artificial ecosystems
  • Intracellular reaction network
  • Theoretical modelling and analyses
  • Systems biology
  • Synthetic biology


Please go to ECAL 2015 conference website for further details.


20th July (Monday)

17:25 – Pre-workshop drink. Venue (pub) to be announced.

21st July (Tuesday)

In Vitro System (main conference)

10:00 Filippo Caschera (Northwestern U.)
10:25 Juan Manuel Parrilla Gutierrez (University of Glasgow)

Workshop (morning session 2)

11:20 Julien Reboud (Invited speaker, University of Glasgow)
12: 10 Yutetsu Kuruma (Earth-Life Science Institute)
12: 35 Steen Rasmussen (University of Southern Denmark)

Workshop (afternoon session 1)

14:00 Masamune Morita (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
14:25 Soichiro Tsuda (University of Glasgow)

Workshop (afternoon session 2)

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22nd July (Wednesday)

!!! SysNatSys & SB-AI Joint Meeting on Synthetic Biology !!!
Organisers of SysNatSys and SB-AI are planning an informal joint meeting to discuss current and future perspecitves of synthetic biology and wet artificial life. Please join us if you are at a loose end on Wednesday afternoon!

Date: Wednesday 22nd July, 14:00 – 17:00
Place: RCH/017 Teaching room
Organisers: Soichiro Tsuda (Univ. of Glasgow, Canada) and Yutetsu Kuruma (ELSI, Japan)

Aim: Taking this opportunity in the ECAL meeting, we share the current works in which especially focus on artificial cell and discuss about the next waves in the Synthetic biology.

Tentative Schedule

14:00 – 14:20 Yutetsu Kuruma
14:20 – 14:20 Soichiro Tsuda
14:40 – 15:00 Pasquale Stano
15:00 – 15:40 TBA
15:40 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Open Discussion
17:00 --- More discussion over pints ;)


Please contact So Tsuda for any enquiries.