MSBN

‘Predictive biology’ is expected to underpin developments across the BBSRC remit, with impacts on global food security, sustainability, synthetic biology and healthcare. Predictive biology needs to integrate data gathered at multiple spatial (e.g. molecules, cells, organs) and temporal (e.g. catalytic, metabolic, developmental) scales, in order to produce an integrated understanding of how multi-scale biological systems function. Currently, most research related to Multi-Scale Biology (MSB) builds on individual developments of experimental, mathematical and computational methods, and there is great potential to coordinate data and model generation, sharing and re-use. Furthermore, MSB will drive technological developments such as improvements in spatial and temporal resolution, simultaneous measurement of complementary data, and in extracting information from data. Experiences from other predictive sciences (e.g. weather and climate modelling) demonstrates the importance of large amounts of quantitative data defined over space, time, and across scales. MSB could learn a lot from these other research domains. Thus, in order to strengthen links within the UK MSB community, and to build bridges with other relevant communities, we will establish a UK Multi-Scale Biology Network. The network will organise a number of activities: * A springboard meeting that starts to identify biological systems ripe for MSB approaches, open problems that should be addressed to facilitate exploration of these biological systems, and expertise in other domains that can contribute to multi-scale biology. * A web site for community building and resource sharing. * Hackathons and study groups that catalyse the development of exemplar in MSB. * Hot topic workshops. * A Summer school exposing life scientists to techniques in MSB. * An international conference for knowledge sharing and developing international collaborations within MSB. * Collaborative exchanges between groups