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80, 70, 20 Conference:
Towards Excellence and Convergence Research in Theoretical Biology

Dates: May 2 - 4, 2023

Venue: Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca' Foscari University, Ca’ Dolfin, Venice, Italy

Dorsoduro 3825/e - 30123 (VE)


The meeting takes the cue of the fortunate coincidence of three important anniversaries in the history of theoretical biology:

  • 80: the publication of the book “What is life?” by Erwing Schroedinger and the definition of the new field of “Epigenetics” by Conrad Waddington, in 1943,

  • 70: the discovering of the double helix structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953,

  • 20: the publication of the first complete sequencing of the human genome in 2003.


The conference foresees

  • plenary talks of 45 minutes (40 + discussion),

  • long presentations of 25 minutes (20 + discussion),

  • short presentations of 15 minutes (10 + discussion),

  • poster sessions.

Parallel sessions will be avoided. Slots will be allocated to the second MC Meeting and to WG plenary meetings.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Achille Giacometti, Director of European Center for Living Technology (Venice, Italy);

  • Paul Davies, Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science (USA) and former Director for the Center for Physical Science and Cancer Biology at Arizona State University;

  • Alberto Credi, pioneer on molecular motors and Pro-Rector of the University of Bologna;

  • Michael Russell, pioneer of the theory of the origin of life in marine hydrothermal vents;

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Scientific Committee

Organizing  Committee

  • Greta Goracci, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

  • Marco Nobile, Ca' Foscari University, Venice

  • Alessandra Volpato, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

COST Reimbursement

The allocated funds for this Conference allow for around 50 fully reimbursed participants; thus, depending on the number of applications, we shall apply some constraints for deciding on full support; in case, the most important aspect is the presentation of a paper related to the aims of the Action.


Please specify in the registration form whether you need a COST refund (i.e. you are not able to attend the conference without COST support). If so, please do not make any travel arrangements and wait for a decision on the acceptance of your contribution (April 10 at the latest). We will then send you an official e-cost invitation.


Please let us know if you can attend the conference and cover the expenses without COST support, in that case we suggest you start making travel arrangements as soon as possible.

Call for Papers

Submissions are now open for invited and contributed papers.

DEADLINE: March 31, 2023

Please use this template and upload it to the registration + submission form as a odt file.

The abstract should be on one page size A4 with the font size 12 pt. (Times New Roman), alignment left and right, all margins equal to 2.5 cm. The text must be submitted in electronic form in odt file in a final camera ready version. Header and footer of the text must be empty. The format of the abstract is described below:

  • first line: start with the title of the contribution in bold letters and with the size of lettering 14 pt. high,

  • skip one line,

  • first name and surname of the author (in the case of co-authors, put a comma between the names),

  • skip one line,

  • affiliation with full address including postcode

  • skip one line,

  • e-mail address of corresponding author,

  • skip two lines,

  • key words (if possible the same as in the text),

  • text of the abstract.

The author is responsible for the content and quality of contributions. Editorial amendments will not be done. The texts will be converted into the final version respecting the possibilities of the camera ready version. Header and footer of the text must be empty without numbering.