European Network in Systems Biology

The European Research Network in Systems Biology (GDRE SysBio) has been created in 2008. Its initial goal is to foster the cooperation of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in the field of Systems Biology.

Following some grounding work, it was decided to hold a yearly general meeting with a broad coverage, and with a medium size to pursue the construction of a common culture in a broadened view of Systems Biology scope. In addition, it was deemed that smaller, more focused meetings decided bottom-up would also be useful to foster concrete transnational collaborations.

The purpose of the GDRE SysBio is to provide support for the coordination of these scientific activities.

For this purpose, the GDRE SysBio undertakes to:

  • Facilitate and encourage contacts and exchanges between researchers
  • Encourage co-operative actions such as multi-partner research programs to respond to calls for tender for research and technological development support
  • Develop conference programs which complement and harmonize with its research project
  • Encourage training actions


The National Center for Scientific Research is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research.

CNRS research units are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff. Laboratories are all on renewable four-year contracts, with bi-annual evaluation. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge.

The CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines, thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. Interdisciplinary research is undertaken in various domains, including Life sciences and its interfaces to other sciences.

The CNRS structure for this Network is a "Groupement de Recherche Européen" (GDRE 513).

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