Experimental biologists frequently point out that theoreticians trivialise the intricacies of living systems, and those working on theories and quantitative models complain that experimenters tend to present masses of data that conflate the essential and the incidental. A significant element behind this state of affairs is that direct exchanges between researchers who adopt the two approaches are non-existent or rare. The present discussion meeting aims to address the situation in a small manner by getting experimenters to describe the ways in which they study phenomena and the conclusions that they draw, to a theoretically-minded audience. The topics to be covered will include the regulation of genetic activity, chromosome dynamics, cytoskeletal organisation, molecular motors, cellular energetics, stem cell behaviour, cell-cell interactions, developmental homeostasis and morphogenesis.
Participation in this meeting is by invitation only.