BDR Symposium 2019

Control and Design of Biosystems
March 25-27, 2019, Kobe, Japan

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas "Ensuring integrity in gametogenesis"



Date: March 25 (Mon) - 27 (Wed), 2019
Venue: RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Kobe, Japan
Theme: Control and Design of Biosystems

The BDR (Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research) is a new center under RIKEN, which was launched this past April (, and we are currently planning to organize an annual symposium series to invite leading scientists in fields related to our own research missions. This symposium will continue in the footsteps of the well-known RIKEN CDB symposium series that was launched in 2003 to facilitate the global and timely exchange of findings and advancing research fields related with all life stages (

Biosystems are dynamic networks organized by interactions between various components of molecules, cells, tissues, organs and organisms. Given the progress in our understanding of the spatiotemporal regulation and organization of biosystems, scientists are now exploring approaches to control and design biosystems at multiple biological scales. Recent advances in such approaches include artificial cell synthesis, generation of embryoids/organoids, reconstitution and manipulation of life events such as aging and reproduction, and interdisciplinary approaches using theoretical and engineering technologies. These control-and-design methodologies are expected to contribute significantly to understanding what life is as well as to paving the way to a new field in medical sciences.

The first RIKEN BDR symposium targets a wide range of relevant topics, including (1) making artificial embryos and organs, (2) engineering approaches toward making artificial cells, (3) artificial control of the life cycle, (4) theoretical analysis for controlling biosystems, and (5) cutting-edge technology for artificial control of biosystems. We hope that this symposium will be a great opportunity for all participants to stimulate cross-disciplinary interactions and discussions that open new avenues of life science studies.

The symposium will be held over three days, with the program scheduled to start on the morning of March 25 and finish in the afternoon of March 27. The program will include both oral and poster sessions. The number of participants, including invited speakers, will be limited to approximately 180.

We hope that this symposium will be a great opportunity to synthesize our current knowledge and open up future prospects in these areas.

Eisuke Nishida Ph.D.
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR)

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Registration can be made online. Detailed information will be available in fall, 2018. Please check the website regularly.

Owing to the size of the venue, the number of participants will be limited to approximately 180. Applicants are encouraged to submit poster abstracts with their applications in which a small number will be selected for oral presentations.

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A limited number of travel fellowships will be made available to younger scientists from abroad. Detailed information wil be available in fall, 2018. Please check the website regularly.

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The city of Kobe is located in the Western part of Japan in a unique setting between the Rokko Mountains and the Inland Sea. The city's port has historically played an important role in opening Japan up to international influence and the city retains a cosmopolitan and sophisticated air to this day. In addition to a bustling Chinatown and the more relaxed historical foreign settlement, there are a number of famous hot springs to the north of the city. Japan's renowned public transport system also means that Kobe is within easy reach of the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, which contain over 1,000 historical temples and shrines.


Meeting Office
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR)
2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, Japan
E-mail: bdr-sympo2019[at]