CENTURI Internal newsletter

#8 - May 2019

CENTURI 2019 Scientific meeting - Self-organization in multicellular systems

©Claire Bertet et Thomas Lecuit (IBDM)

CENTURI 2019 scientific meeting (CSM 2019) will focus on “Self-organization in multicellular systems” and will take place at the Institut d'Études Scientifiques de Cargèse (Corsica, France) from September 30 to October 04, 2019.

Our event will include 18 talks given by high level invited speakers from all over the world, as well as 15 short talks and poster sessions. PhD students, postdocs and researchers are encouraged to submit an abstract during the registration.

Registration deadline: July 30, 2019

Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2019

Registration fees: 300€

3rd CENTURI Scientific day - An exciting event at the Hexagone

Our 3rd CENTURI Scientific day took place last friday on May 10, 2019 at the Hexagone.  You were more than a hundred members of the CENTURI community gathered to discuss about new interdisciplinary research projects and present new collaboration perspectives.

A total of 16 short talks have been presented by CENTURI scientists and 15 posters have also been presented.


NEW ARTICLE - 4 new group leaders at the Turing Centre for Living Systems

CENTURI published on its website a new article focusing on the new group leaders who joined our project last February.

Learn more about Matthias Merkel, Hervé Rouault, Jean-François Rupprecht and Paul Villoutreix through this article! A longer version of the interviews is also available…

CENTURI Training Courses

Our training course focused on oral communication will take place on May 15 & 22, 2019.

The training course is designed to teach PhD students how to create fascinating oral presentations, customized for their audience. Due to the large number of participants for this session, we were not able to accept all applicants. However, another training course on oral communication will take place in December 2019… Stay tuned!

CENTURI Summer School 2019 - Registrations open to PhD students

CENTURI is organising a Summer School on the Luminy campus from June 3 to June 12, 2019.

Entitled “From data to biology and back – Reverse engineering biological networks”, this interdisciplinary training programme aims at building bridges between engineers and scientists. It is a unique opportunity to apply their skills in mathematics, physics and computational science to biological questions.

The programme is divided in 2 parts:

Morning courses, where students will explore open questions in biology and discover experimental approaches in biology

Group projects in the afternoon, where students will work in small groups (3-4 students) on biological data analysis challenges, using state-of-the-art technologies

The summer school will include lectures from four prominent speakers: Stanislas Dehaene (Collège de France), Jérémy Harroch (Quantmetry), Thomas Lecuit (Collège de France) and Eric Vivier (CIML, Innate Pharma).


The registration is open to PhD students from our community. Please contact us at info@centuri-livingsystems.org if you are interested to join us!

An update on CENTURI PhD Call 2019

From a total of more than 180 applications for CENTURI PhD call, 23 PhD candidates have been interviewed in Marseille, from April 23 to April 25, 2019. The PhD candidates have all been auditioned by an ad hoc selection committee and have all met the PIs of at least three projects.

Social events have been organized with the PhD candidates, PhD students and postdocs from our community. Based on the feedback of the PIs and on the auditions, the selection committee has selected a total of 14 PhD candidates for the call. We now expect the final answer from the candidates.

PhD students who accept the offer will start in Autumn 2019.

An update on CENTURI Postdoc Call 2019

Applications to our CENTURI Postdoc were open until April 26, 2019. CENTURI will recruit up to 5 postdoc fellows starting in fall 2019. 45 candidates have submitted their application for a Postdoc call and 5 of them have submitted their own project.

The next steps of the postdoc call are the following:

  • June 27-28: in-person interviews in Marseille
  • June 28 or July 1st: decision by the evaluation committee
  • By July 9: final answer from candidates


The selected postdoc will start at CENTURI in Autumn 2019.

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 - May 27: Fanny Mann (IBDM, Marseille, France)

Neural plasticity in cancer : for better or for worse ?

  • Internal Seminar - June 17: Hervé Rouault (IBDM, Marseille, France)


  • External Seminar - June 24: Atef Asnacios (Université Paris Diderot, France)

Interplay between single-cell mechanics and functions


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