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Course Introduction to Networks tools in Biosciences, April 20-24, 2015, Spain

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Dear list members,


Registration is open for the course "INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK TOOLS IN

BIOSCIENCES - 2nd Edition".

Course Webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/syst-bio/networks/


INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Diego Rasskin-Gutman (Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i

Biologia Evolutiva, Spain) and Dr. Borja Esteve-Altava (Institut Cavanilles de

Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva, Spain).


DATES: April, 20-24, 2014. 34 teaching hours.


PLACE: Facilities of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació de Els Hostalets

de Pierola, Els hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).




- Complex Biological Systems: Modelling Relations: Historical and conceptual

introduction. Basic concepts and representations.


- Hands on Computers: Introduction to R: Presentation of the R environment and

language. Basic operations in R (useful for network modelling). Packages



- Hands on Computers: Introduction to igraph and Network Modelling: Presentation

of the package igraph. Modelling deterministic networks. Manipulating network

attributes. Modelling networks from loaded data.


- Complex Biological Systems: Applied Network Theory: Nodes, links and types of

networks. Basic network parameters. Network architecture and null network



- Work Example: Analysing parameters and architecture in tetrapod skull



- Hands on Computers: Analysing Networks: Quantifying basic network parameters.

Identifying network architecture.


- Work Example: Null network models of skull development to study evolution.


- Hands on Computers: Modelling Network Null Models: Regular and random models.

Small-world and scale-free models. Geometric models.


- Complex Biological Systems: Network Properties: Robustness and the concept of

secondary extinction. Modularity.


- Work Example: Modularity in skull networks.


- Hands on Computers: Identifying Modules: Optimization methods. Heuristic

methods. Quantifying the strength of modularity.


- Participants Project Preparation. Bringing your own data is not required for

this part, but you are welcome to do so if you have it.


Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel

Crusafont and the Council of Hostalets de Pierola.


Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you

consider it appropriate.


With best regards


Soledad De Esteban Trivigno, PhD.

Course Director

Transmitting Science


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