7th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School   |   Scuola Normale Superiore - Pisa - Tuscany - Italy   |   June 8-12, 2020
SSBSS 2020
7th International
Synthetic & Systems Biology
Summer School
June 8-12, 2020
Scuola Normale Superiore
Tuscany - Landscape
SSBSS 2020
Pisa - Scuola Normale Superiore - School Venue
SSBSS 2020
Pisa - Luminara of San Ranieri
SSBSS 2020
Pisa - Calci Charterhouse
SSBSS 2020
Pisa - The Square of Miracles - Leaning Tower

About the School

Recent advances in DNA synthesis have increased our ability to build biological systems. Synthetic Biology aims at streamlining the design and synthesis of robust and predictable biological systems using engineering design principles. Designing biological systems requires a deep understanding of how genes and proteins are organized and interact in living cells: Systems Biology aims at elucidating the cellular organization at gene, protein and network level using computational and biochemical methods.

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at the Scuola Normale Superiore – Pisa, Tuscany, Italy on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The school provides a stimulating environment for students (from Master students to PhD students), Post-Docs, early career researches, academics and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results, and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Given the rapidity with which this field moves, it is challenging for both newcomers and experts alike to stay updated with all of the latest advances. The goal of this summer school and workshop is to bring together scientists from academia and industry with diverse but relevant expertise in a setting conducive to discussion of new results and potential collaborative efforts. Invited talks will cover a wide range of topics ranging from fundamental basic science through to applications. Attendees of this workshop will have the opportunity to hear about the latest findings in this fast-paced field and to establish collaborations with scientists who have complementary expertise.

The Summer School will involve a total of 36-40 hours of lectures, according to the academic system the final achievement will be equivalent to 8 ECTS points for the PhD Students and the Master Students attending the summer school; during the summer school the students will tackle homeworks/projects.


Sessions integrate the recent achievements made in the fields of synthetic biology, systems biology, control engineering for synthetic biology, biochemical engineering, synthetic enzyme, evolutionary engineering, integrated omics, tools and methods, and emerging techniques, healthcare, biofuels, chemicals and materials, biologics, microbial and mammalian systems, and other disciplines and applications.

Call for Abstract/Poster submissions should be related to the following areas of synthetic biology, systems biology, genome and genetic engineering:

  • Computational Synthetic Biology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Reading and Writing Genomes
  • Synthetic Genomes
  • Synthetic Circuits and Cells
  • Artificial Tissues and Organs
  • Genomically Recoded Organisms
  • Genome Design
  • Pathway Design
  • Biological Design Automation and Biological CAD
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Genome Engineering
  • Cellular Systems Biology
  • Experimental Synthetic Biology
  • Computational Synthetic Biology
  • Stochastic Gene Regulation
  • Gene Signaling
  • Quantitative Molecular Biology
  • High-throughput Techniques
  • Biological Engineering
  • Industrial Synthetic and Systems Biology

Share it


    • Oral/Poster Presentation Submission Deadline: March 31, 2020 .
    • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: by April 12, 2020.
    • Early Registration: until March 31, 2020 .
    • Late Registration:  after March 31, 2020.

    Recent News

    Keynote Speakers

    Joel S. Bader

    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, USA

    Jef D. Boeke

    Institute for Systems Genetics - New York University Langone Health, USA

    Francesca Buffa

    Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, UK

    Antonino Cattaneo

    Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

    Yvonne Chen

    Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA, USA

    Virginia Cornish

    Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, USA

    Carlo Croce

    The Ohio State University, USA

    Filippo Drago

    University of Catania, Italy

    Tom Ellis

    Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK

    Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro

    Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK

    Nicola Patron

    Earlham Institute, UK

    Guido Sanguinetti

    School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK


    Cristina Di Primio

    Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

    Simonetta Lisi

    Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

    Laura Marchetti

    Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

    SSBSS 2020 Directors

    Joel S. Bader

    Jef D. Boeke

    Antonino Cattaneo

    Giuseppe Nicosia

    Steve Oliver

    Giovanni Stracquadanio

    Scientific Committee

    Richard Allmendinger

    The University of Manchester, UK

    Matteo Barberis

    University of Surrey, UK

    Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson

    ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland

    Leonidas Bleris

    The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

    Paola Branduardi

    University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

    Alberto Castellini

    University of Verona, Italy

    Jole Costanza

    Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

    Domitilla Del Vecchio

    MIT, USA

    Diego Di Bernardo

    TIGEM, Italy & University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy

    Barbara Di Camillo

    University of Padova, Italy

    Giuditta Franco

    University of Verona, Italy

    Simone Furini

    University of Siena, Italy

    Emanuele Domenico Giordano

    University of Bologna, Italy

    Jonathan Gootenberg

    Harvard University, USA

    Guido Grandi

    University of Trento, Italy

    Markus Herrgard

    Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

    Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro

    Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK

    Paolo Magni

    University of Pavia, Italy

    Vincenzo Manca

    University of Verona, Italy

    Giancarlo Mauri

    University of Milano Bicocca, Italy & SYSBIO - Center of Systems Biology, Italy

    Giuseppe Narzisi

    New York Genome Center, USA

    Wieslaw Nowak

    Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland

    Lorenzo Pasotti

    Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy

    Danilo Porro

    University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

    Francesco Ricci

    University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy

    Nicola Segata

    University of Trento, Italy

    Velia Siciliano

    Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

    Giovanni Stracquadanio

    University of Edinburgh, UK

    Gianna Maria Toffolo

    University of Padova, Italy

    Renato Umeton

    MIT, USA & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Harvard Medical School, USA

    Luca Zammataro

    Yale University, USA

    School Director

    Giuseppe Nicosia

    Scuola Normale Superiore - Pisa
    Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7 - Pisa - Tuscany - Italy