About this event

14th Annual International Symposium
April 6 and 7, 2015
Institute for Systems Biology

The Institute for Systems Biology's Annual International Symposium, since its inception in 2002, has become a bellwether of new systems approaches across disciplines in the life sciences. The theme for 2015 is "Tipping Points in Medicine & Ecology" which is aligned with ISB's focus on personalized medicine and environmental sustainability. The principles of critical phase transitions, early warning signs and, more generally, complex systems dynamics, offer a theoretical framework and analysis tools for understanding and predicting major state transitions in human health and in ecosystems. The Symposium aims to facilitate the translation of these theoretical principles to medicine and ecology. We hope you will join us for a lively exchange of ideas.

Confirmed Speakers:

Leroy Hood, MD, PhD
Co-founder and President, Institute for Systems Biology

Stephen Giovannoni, PhD
Oregon State University

Eugene Stanley, PhD
Boston University

Ricard Solé, PhD
ICREA/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Santa Fe Institute

Jean Carlson, PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara

Jeff Gore, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

George Sugihara, MS, PhD
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Luonan Chen, ME, PhD
Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS

Ary Goldberger, MD
Harvard Medical School

Angelique Cramer, PhD
University of Amsterdam

James R. Heath, PhD
California Institute of Technology

Dustin Rubenstein, PhD
Columbia University

More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

15 Speakers
3 Sessions


Get answers to frequently asked questions

  • Where is the Symposium being held?

    The Symposium will be held at the Institute For Systems Biology (ISB) itself, located the core of Seattle’s new vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood. Recommended accommodation is the nearby Courtyard Marriott Hotel (5 minute walk, shuttle will be available)
    Institute for Systems Biology (ISB)
    401 Terry Ave N.
    Seattle, Washington 98109
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  • What is the Institute for Systems Biology?

    The Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Leroy Hood, immunologist Alan Aderem, and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible today. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines, where our researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. Our core values ensure that we always keep our focus on the big ideas that eventually will have the biggest impact on human health.

  • I am traveling by car to the Symposium, where should I find parking?

    There is no on-site parking at ISB. There are a variety of pay-to-park options. To learn more about parking options in the area, please click here.

  • Is there a recommended hotel that is nearby the Symposium?

    For your convenience, ISB has arranged a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott-Seattle Downtown/Lake Union at a discounted rate of $136.00 per night. It is located on Lake Union, only a few minutes away from ISB.

    Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
    925 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
    T: 800-321-2211 | F: 206-213-0101
    Courtyard Marriott Seattle
    Book before March 23, 2015 to receive the discount. The discount code is preloaded-- simply choose stay dates and book your reservation. If you'd like to make your reservation over the phone, please call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the ISB Symposium room block at the Courtyard Seattle Lake Union Hotel.

  • Will there be transportation provided?

    Yes. ISB will provide shuttle service between the Courtyard Marriott and ISB. And also, a shuttle to the airport on the final day.

  • I have paid my registration for the Symposum but now I can't attend. May I get a refund?

    Please submit all refund requests to Christine Silva at christine.silva (at) systemsbiology.org by March 30, 2015. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund.

  • I have a media request, whom should I contact?

    For inquiries or to request a media pass, please contact:
    Hsiao-Ching Chou
    Director of Communications
    Institute for Systems Biology
    hchou (at) systemsbiology.org

Poster session

Please complete the form below.
NOTE: Poster submission does not constitute symposium registration.
Please register separately as a symposium attendee.

If you have any questions about poster submission, please contact Joey Petosa at Joey.Petosa (at) systemsbiology.org or at (206) 732-1282.

Symposium venue

  • 401 Terry Ave North, Seattle
  • (206) 732-1200
  • Joey Petosa Events and Communications Coordinator


You will receive an email confirming your registration.

If you have any questions or issues regarding payment, please contact Christine Silva at christine.silva (at) systemsbiology.org or (206) 732-1442.

For all other event-related inquires, please contact Joey Petosa at joey.petosa (at) systems biology.org or (206) 732-1282.