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Bertalanffy Lecture Series at COS

The Bertalanffy Lecture Series was installed with the aim to provide a better understanding of integrative approaches in systems oriented biology both to pupils from Heidelberg and to scientists on campus. The lecture series is a project supported by the Klaus-Tschira Foundation and takes place twice a year.


For previous lectures in this series Alfonso Martinez-Arias (Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK), Enrico Coen (Cell & Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, UK), Russell Foster (Neuroscience, Brasenose College University of Oxford), Hannah Monyer (Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg/DKFZ), Benjamin Prud'homme (Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille-Luminy), Andreas Trump (DKFZ, Heidelberg), Martin Wikleski (MPI für Ornithologie, "Vogelwarte Raddolfzell"), Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado (Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Stowers Institute for Medical Research), Ottoline Leyser (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge), Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan (Department of Biochemistry, University of Geneva), Henrik Kaessmann (Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie, Universität Heidelberg), Miguel L. Allende (Center for Genome Regulation, Universidad de Chile), Kristin Tessmar-Raible (MFPL/Centre(VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Ghent University) came to COS Heidelberg. for Molecular Biology/ Platform Rhythms of Life, University of Vienna) and Dirk Inze (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Ghent University) came to COS Heidelberg.


The 17th Bertalanffy Lecture at COS will take place on Thursday, May 7th with the speaker Angela Nieto (Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, Alicante) and topic "25 Years with a Snail: How Embryos teach us about Cancer" in the Hörsaal, Im Neuenheimer Feld 360. On Friday, May 8th, Dr. Nieto will talk about "Cell plasticity in health and disease: the ins and outs of the EMT". Both lectures will start at 2 pm.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 17th Bertalanffy Lecture for 2020 was cancelled with a heavy heart. The safety and health of all visitors, organizers and speakers is clearly the main focus.






Let plant scientists secure our food supply! A Bertalanffy Comic inspired by the talk by Dirk Inzé



Evolutionary Secrets Our Molecules Have To Tell Us -  A comic inspired by the talk by Henrik Kaessmann

The Quest For The Asymmetry Answer - A comic inspired by the talk by Marcos González-Gaitan

Thinking Without A Brain - A comic inspired by the talk by Ottoline Leyser

Watch Out For Your Neoblasts! - Comic inspired by the talk by Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado

Looking For The Next Animal Super Spy - A comic inspired by the talk by Martin Wikelski


The Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg mourns Dr. Klaus Tschira.

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