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We are pleased to announce that the RIKEN BDR Symposium 2022 "Emergence in Biological Systems: Challenges to Bridging Hierarchies", will be held online on March 1 to 3, 2022.

"Emergence" of higher-order properties from the combination of simple elements is the essence of biological phenomena. For example, proteins carry out complex functions that cannot be achieved by single amino acids on their own, and multicellular organisms acquire properties not found in individual cells, such as development, differentiation, and consciousness. The emergence of such properties have resulted in a dramatic leap in evolution of living systems and also divided biological phenomena into discontinuous hierarchies, which cannot be bridged by conventional biological methodologies that have focused on individual elements.

In recent years, however, the developments in large-scale data and their analytical methods have been giving rise to new biological concepts and models that cannot be understood by merely observing discrete events. This type of paradigm shift in the life sciences is expected to bridge the fragmented hierarchy of biological phenomena and lead to a deeper understanding of life.

In this symposium, we will introduce the latest engineering and information science approaches that integrate new measurement technologies as well as artificial intelligence, and discuss how these approaches contribute to the generation of new biological concepts and models leading to the understanding of emergent properties in biological systems.

Topics will include:
(i) The Origin of Life
(ii) Adaptation and Evolution
(iii) Intracellular Organization
(iv) Multicellular Systems
(v) Brain Functions and Consciousness
(vi) AI, Computing and Robotics

We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from many scientists to increase opportunities for lively and informative exchange of views. A small number of poster abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

We look forward to welcoming you to our online symposium in March 2022.

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


Chikara Furusawa (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan)
Atsushi Iriki (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan)
Shuichi Onami (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan)
Tatsuo Shibata (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan)
Shunsuke Tagami (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan)
Koichi Takahashi (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan)
Anna Wang Roe (Zhejiang University, China)


Tuesday, March 1 to Thursday, March 3, 2022


Online (Zoom and Spatial Chat)



Number of Participants

Up to 500
Registration will close when the capacity is reached. Priority will be given to the presenters.

Participation Fee



This symposium will be held as a part of RIKEN SYMPOSIUM SERIES.


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