Day 1

Morning: Registration and a welcoming session
Afternoon: Session 1 "Observing nature"
Evening: Poster session

Day 2

Morning: Session 2 "Mimicking nature"
Afternoon: Session 3 "Correcting and improving nature"
Evening: Social event

Day 3

Morning: Session 4 "Stealing ideas from nature"
Afternoon: Deparature
Evening: Deparature

Detailed Programme [PDF]

Sessions

Session 1: “Observing nature”
This session is aimed to discuss how we can improve our knowledge of life by observing animals in their natural environment or in artificially created environments. It touches on how studies of certain processes and physiological parameters in animals may lead to major advances in our understanding of how human organism works. And finally we hope to introduce cutting edge imaging techniques that allow in vivo observation of a wide variety of processes taking place in course of life of an animal.


Session 2: “Mimicking nature”
Within this session we hope to give an overview of how we can model nature. The session is planned as a focus on creation of animal models with a touch on tissue remodeling, cloning of the entire living organism from a single somatic cell and on how to get functional tissue of one animal species grafted in another animal species.


Session 3: “Correcting and improving nature”
This session will focus on trying to cure various known human pathological conditions either by gene therapy if due to the mutation in the defined gene or by stem cell transplantation if due to the depletion of specific cell population of the organism. We also hope to discuss how genetically engineered animals may potentially produce “better” meat or milk enriched in most precious nutrition factors.


Session 4: “Stealing ideas from Nature”
The content of this session is meant to demonstrate how observations made on animals can be potentially applied by a non-biological industry in order to make products with best technological characteristics. It will hopefully touch on the possibility of creating electronic devices directly controlled by the brain that would mimic specific activities of human organs and that can possibly substitute for missing organs in humans