Interdisciplinary Research in Mathematics and Life Science
Symposium organized by the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, ImmunoSensation, TRA Modelling and TRA Life & Health

The Symposium is planned to be held in person / on site with the possibility of online participation for talks. Please be aware of the current COVID19 restrictions / "3G rule" (recovered / vaccinated / tested - will be checked at registration).

Venue: 'neues Hörsaalzentrum' Poppelsdorf - Find us on OpenStreetMap1 or check directions below 'General Information'  


Symposium on Interdisciplinary Research in Mathematics and Life Science

Jointly organized symposium by the two Clusters of Excellence Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) and ImmunoSensation and the Transdisciplinary Research Areas TRA 1 (Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation of Complex Systems) and TRA 3 (Life and Health), intended to make the new research groups on Mathematics and Life Science more visible.

The symposium will take place on

Monday, August 30th 2021

Quantitative analysis and the generation of large data sets in life sciences have steadily increased since the 1990s. This is often associated with the desire to use already existing data sets to make predictions about biological processes. The research fields of Biomathematics & Computational Life Sciences combine mathematical modeling and experimental methods in order to achieve this. For its success, true inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches are imperative.
The participating Clusters of Excellence have taken a pioneering role in this field at the University of Bonn through Interdisciplinary Research Units 5with three new professorships6. Also outside the Clusters of Excellence, further professorships at the links between mathematics, computer science and life sciences are getting established as well. This symposium, jointly organized by the two participating Clusters of Excellence and the Transdisciplinary Research Areas TRA Modelling and TRA Life and Health is intended to make the new research groups more visible.

General Information

When: August 30, 2021

Where: virtual & ,Neues Hörsaalgebäude' Bonn (hybrid format) -> Find venue on OpenStreetMap1

Participation: Open to all interested scientists from the University of Bonn, the University Hospital (UKB) and cooperating local institutions. Participation is free of charge. Registration is mandatory.

Program: will consist of poster sessions, a keynote speech, talks from researchers from Bonn and the chance for exchange between all participants.

Important dates

Submission: until June 20, 2021

Notification: until July 23, 2021

Registration: until August 15, 2021 

Find the venue on OpenstreetMap

On foot
The venue is only a short 15 minute walk along Endenicher Allee away from Bonn Central Station.
Campus Poppelsdorf is a pedestrian zone. From Nussallee, follow the walking path to the left of the Geodesic Institute (Nussallee 17). From Endenicher Allee, walk past the Mensa's main entrance (Endenicher Allee 19) and take a left.

By bike
While Bonn is a bike-friendly city, bicycles may only be parked in the designated areas:
- at the bicycle stands around the buildings,
- in the bicycle-garage located in the basement of the lecture hall center.
Bicycles parked anywhere else will be forcibly removed. 

Public Transport
Please take bus lines 604, 605, 606, 607 to Kaufmannstraße and follow the walking directions mentioned above. 

By car
The university offers paid parking in direct vicinity to the venue:
- southwest of campus, close to the Autobahn, accessible via Endenicher Allee
- on both sides of Nussallee
Please note: Vehicles without a valid parking ticket will be towed without warning. Tickets are available from machines adjacent to the parking spots.

Abstract submission

Submission is closed. 


Registration is closed.

  • Abstracts should contain max. 2,000 characters with spaces.
  • Title should contain max.  200 characters with spaces.
  • During submission you will have to indicate whether your abstract should be considered for poster only, talk only, or both. See "Talks & posters" for further information.
  • Several abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.
  • In addition we may have slots for speed talks before the poster sessions (depending on submissions received), which can be used to attract people's attention to come to the corresponding poster.
  • The remaining projects will be presented as a poster during the poster sessions.
Poster Symposium
© Sabrina Fuchs

Keynote talks

Prof. Dr. Susanne Gerber

Computational Genomics und Bioinformatik | Institut für Humangenetik | University of Mainz

Title of lecture: Third-generation long-read sequencing. Challenges and opportunities. 

Susanne Gerber
© S. Gerber
© Tatjana Tchumatchenko

Prof. Dr. Tatjana Tchumatchenko

Computational Neuroscience of Behavior 

© Jan Hasenauer

Prof. Dr. Jan Hasenauer

Computational Biology

© Alexander Effland

Prof. Dr. Alexander Effland

Biomedical Image Processing

© Kevin Thurley

Prof. Dr. Kevin Thurley

Systems Biology of Inflammation


The program will consist of a keynote speech, talks from researchers from Bonn, a poster session, and the chance for exchange between all participants.

Talks will also be streamed via Zoom while the poster session will be exclusively held on site. 


8:30 am to 9:00 am

Registration & Coffee

9:00 am to 9:05 am

Opening by the organizers

9:05 am to 9:35 am

Jan Hasenauer, IRU mathematics and life sciences, LIMES, Univ. Bonn

Improving mechanistic modelling of biological process using machine learning concepts

9:35 am to 10:05 am

Janina M. Kühlwein, Inst. of Med. Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, UKB

Challenges in the development of an artificial intelligence (AI) for histological analysis in clinical trials

10:05 am to 10:35 am

Holger Fröhlich, Artifical Intelligence and Data Science, Fraunhofer SCAI, Bonn

Synthesizing realistic patient-level data using multimodal neural differential equations

10:35 am to 11:00 am

Coffee break

11:00 am to 11:30 am

Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Institute of Experimental Eplileptology and Cognition Research, UKB & Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt

Synaptic and astrocytic control of working memory maintenance

11:30 am to 12:30 pm  

Susanne Gerber, Institute for Human Genetics, Univ. Mainz

Third-generation long-read sequencing. Challenges and opportunities. 

12:30 pm to 1:15 pm


1:15 pm to 2:00 pm

Poster session

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Alexander Effland, IRU mathematics and life sciences, IAM, Univ. Bonn

Learning Energy-Based Models for Reconstruction in Radiology

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Tamara Raschka, Fraunhofer SCAI & B-IT Univ. Bonn

Variational Autoencoder Modular Bayesian Networks for Joint Modeling of Clinical Data and Molecular Disease Mechanisms in Alzheimer's Disease

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Matthias Becker, Systems Medicine, DZNE

Swarm Learning for decentralized and confidential clinical machine learning

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Coffee break

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Kevin Thurley, IRU mathematics and life sciences, UKB

Modeling immune-cell interaction dynamics in chronic inflammation 

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Marcel Oberländer, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research, Bonn

Artificial Perception: From Cellular and Circuit Mechanisms of Perception towards Design Principles for Artificial Intelligence Systems

5:00 pm

Closing & Poster Award ceremony: Anton Bovier & Waldemar Kolanus, Reception

5:00 pm

Closing & Poster Award ceremony: Anton Bovier & Waldemar Kolanus, Reception

Contact and Organisation

Organizing Committee

Dr. Julia Belau, Manager TRA Modelling
Dr. Meike Brömer, Manager TRA Life & Health
Dr. Sonja Dames, Managing Director HCM
Dr. Catherine Drescher, Managing Director ImmunoSensation

Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM)

The research of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) ranges from pure and applied mathematics to mathematically orientated research in economics as well as interdisciplinary work.


The ultimate goal of ImmunoSensation2 is to decipher the principles that govern the global functionality of the immune system in healthy and diseased states.

TRA Life & Health

Understanding the complexity of life - developing new strategies for health.
Read more about TRA Life and Health.

TRA Modelling 

How do complex systems actually work? Interaction of mathematical modelling, classical observational methods, data simulation and creative spirit.

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