Summer School 2011: information for participants

Summer School Programme (last updated 31 Aug)

University Park Campus Map with parking zones marked.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be taking place 10:00-10:50 on Mon 5 Sept in A17, Pope Building (27 on the attached map). Tea and Coffee will be available.

If you arrive late, please refer to the programme and come and join the rest of the course!

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is being provided in Lenton & Wortley Halls of Residence in single, en-suite rooms for 3 nights (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). This has been booked on your behalf and is included in your registration fee. You need take no further action.

Your room in Lenton & Wortley Halls (please see map) will be available for check-in from 15:00. Please check in at the reception office of Lenton & Wortley Halls.

Rooms may be available earlier (eg when collecting parking permit) but this cannot be guaranteed. They should be happy to look after luggage until your room is available, however.

Check-out on Thursday will be at 10:00.

If you require accommodation for extra nights before/after the summer school (e.g. the Sunday night), this can be arranged. Please be aware that it may not be in the same room or Halls of Residence, and needs to be arranged directly with the University Conference Office (please see below):

“Payment is required at the time of booking by debit or credit card by the individual and the e-mail address for them to contact is conferences@nottingham.ac.uk. Once a booking has been made, the individual will receive confirmation of the hall they are in and of the costs involved. I can confirm that we can offer a rate of £36.50 plus VAT for a single study bedroom with en-suite facilities and full English breakfast”

Please state that you are attending “CPIB Summer School ref 11680? when contacting them.

GETTING TO UNIVERSITY PARK
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/about/datesandcampusinformation/mapsanddirections/mapsanddirections.aspx

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

A taxi from Nottingham station to University Park should take around 15 mins and cost £8-10.

For buses from the city centre, please use: http://www.triptimes.co.uk/

TRAVEL BY CAR & PARKING

The postcode for the campus is: NG7 2RD

On arrival, please go directly to Lenton & Wortley Halls (please see map) from 8:30 onwards on Monday morning and ask for a parking permit, and then park in the designated Hall car park. The Orange Zones on the attached campus map are the designated parking for conference visitors.

Please note: the University is introducing a new parking regime from the start of September. The friendly email states: “should you park anywhere on campus without a permit, a pay and display ticket, or park in restricted areas, on double yellow lines or in disabled bays if not a blue badge holder, then you may be clamped and fined“. So please be aware!

DO I NEED TO BRING A LAPTOP/SPECIFIC SOFTWARE WITH ME?

The practicals will be taking place in a computer lab so a laptop is not necessary. You may of course bring one if you wish.

IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS?

The University guest wireless network is available in the Pope Building – please be warned that it can be patchy. There is free wired internet access in your rooms in Lenton and Wortley Halls – you will need to bring a network cable for your laptop to be able to use it.

IS THERE ANY READING I CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR THE COURSE?

Probably the most accessible book that covers the type of material that we will cover is Uri Alon’s “An Introduction to Systems Biology” (Chapman and Hall, 2006). Note, however, that this covers much more than we will manage, and from a somewhat different perspective. An entertaining, and quite lighthearted, perspective on modelling in biology is provided by Yuri Lazebnik: Can a biologist fix a radio? – Or, what I learned while studying apoptosis. Cancer Cell 2, 179-182 (2002).

There have been a number of reviews of modelling written for biologists, including:

• Bree B. Aldridge, John M. Burke, Douglas A. Lauffenburger and Peter K. Sorger. Physicochemical modelling of cell signalling pathways. Nature Cell Biology 8, 1195-1203 (2006).

• Réka Albert. Network Inference, Analysis, and Modeling in Systems Biology. The Plant Cell 19, 3327-3338 (2007).

• Tyson, J. J., Chen, K. C. & Novak, B. Sniffers, buzzers, toggles and blinkers: dynamics of regulatory and signaling pathways in the cell. Curr. Opin. Cell Biol. 15, 221–231 (2003).