CENTURI Internal newsletter

#14 - December 2019

CENTURI 2019-2020 | PhD call – send us your projects

Save the dates - PhD call 2020

The call for PhD project proposals started last month on November 18. We encourage members of our community to send us their projects at the following address: phdproject@centuri-livingsystems.org The eligibility of the project will be evaluated by CENTURI Research committee.

We wish to remind you that our CENTURI 2020 PhD call will open on January 15, 2020. CENTURI will recruit up to 16 PhD students in this call, starting on October 2020.

Please note that there have been a few changes on the call’s schedule.

The agenda of our 2020 PhD call is the following:

  • Collection of PhD projects from research teams: November 18 - December 31, 2019
  • Publication of projects and opening of the call for candidates: January 15- February 16, 2002
  • Pre-selection of candidates (PIs who proposed a project and ad hoc committee): February 17– March 13, 2020
  • Interviews (PIs and ad hoc committee): April 28-30, 2020
  • Results of the call (ad hoc committee): May 05, 2020
  • Final answer (from candidates): May 12, 2020
  • Beginning of PhD: October 2020

CENTURI PI call 2020 | Save the dates!

CENTURI PI call will open early January 2020! CENTURI seeks to attract outstanding computer scientists, physicists, or mathematicians with a theoretical and/or computational biology project.

Applications from women are especially encouraged.

The selected candidates, who are expected to bridge biology and other disciplines will be affiliated to two institutes from the CENTURI project and will be offered competitive funding.

PI call


CENTURI Scientific Advisory Board will take place on January 30 and 31 in Marseille. Heads of CENTURI committees will present our actions since the beginning of the project and our perspectives for the years ahead. It will be a great opportunity to reflect on the past months and to clarify our strategy by 2025. CENTURI SAB meeting will start with a general introduction, on January 30, from 08h50 to 12h10, to present a recap of our activities since the beginning of the project:

- General overview of CENTURI

- Research activities and scientific life

- Teaching and training programs (Master’s programs, PhD)

- Tech transfer and engineering

We would be happy to welcome you to this first SAB meeting, which will take place in the Hexagone’s auditorium.  A welcome coffee will be served at 08h50


CENTURI SAB includes:

  • Alexander Bockmayr, Freie Universität (Berlin)
  • Gaudenz Danuser, UT Southwestern (Dallas)
  • Kenneth Harris, University College London
  • Alfonso Valencia, Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute
  • Aleksandra Walczak, ENS (Paris)

CENTURI MSc programs – registration open for non-European students

Education is one of CENTURI key missions. As such, we are deeply involved in 2 interdisciplinary Master’s programs: MSc in Physics of Complex Systems and MSc in Computational & Mathematical Biology.

These programs, taught by members of our community, are especially important to us as it represents our contribution to train the next generation of scientists at the interface between biology, physics, mathematics and computer science. They welcome students from all around the world and registrations are now open for non-European students.


To apply:

Deadline: March 06, 2020

  • Students from Europe need to directly register on the eCandidat platform

Registration status: not open yet


As usual, we encourage you to share the news about our 2 MSc with your professional network.

MSc centuri

2nd CENTURI Engineer's Breakfast / Open Desk

The second CENTURI Engineers’ Breakfast / open desk took place on Tuesday, December 10 at the INMED’s cafeteria.

We were glad to see members of our community join our multi-engineering team from 09h00 to 12h00.

The CENTURI Engineers’ Breakfasts aim to encourage new scientific interactions within our community and to propose an open desk where you can ask all your engineering questions in bioinformatics, image data processing, optics and software development.


The new multi-engineering section is now online on the CENTURI website.

You can also contact the team before that by using the following address: engineering@centuri-livingsystems.org


CENTURI Training course – Oral communication (December 02 & 09, 2019)


A new session of the training course on “Oral communication” took place this December.

This 2-day training course is designed to teach student how to create fascinating oral presentations, customized for your audience. Students will first learn methodologies to design clear talks and use them to improve their talk. On the second day, students will each present their talk and benefit from individual feedback from the trainer and other trainees.

Another training course on oral communication will be organised in 2020.

Next CENTURI Seminars

Unless mentioned otherwise, the CENTURI seminars take place in the Hexagone's auditorium (01:30 p.m. to 02:30 p.m.).

  • Internal Seminar - January 13: Bianca Habermann (IBDM)
    Exploring mitochondrial expression dynamics in a user-friendly and visual way using the mitoXplorer web-platform


  • External Seminar - January 20: Carsten Grashoff (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany)
    Piconewton-sensitive biosensors to investigate adhesion mechanics in cells


  • External Seminar - February 03: Anne Ferguson Smith (University Cambridge, UK)
    Epigenetic inheritance in mammals – models and mechanisms


  • Internal Seminar - February 10: Rosa Cossart (INMED)
    How development shapes memory circuits




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