10th CeBiTec Symposium

Bioinformatics for Biotechnology and Biomedicine

including a special session on the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI)

Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University
March 23 – 25, 2015

Registration Deadline - March 15, 2015


The Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) of Bielefeld University cordially invites you to attend the 10th CeBiTec Symposium entitled

“Bioinformatics for Biotechnology and Biomedicine”

The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University from March 23rd to 25th, 2015.

The conference focusses on bioinformatics as the central discipline providing tools for processing data arising from all kinds of genomics and postgenomics research. The major topics to be addressed are bioinformatics approaches to handle data from Genomics, Metagenomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics studies. In addition, a further session will be reserved for Modeling and Simulation of –omics data.

Another focus of the conference highlights the recent effort of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to establish a bioinformatics infrastructure in Germany (de.NBI). The last day of the Symposium is reserved for the de.NBI Initiative. In particular, the eight de.NBI-Service-Centers will be presented to the public.

The conference programme consists of plenary lectures, short oral presentations, poster presentations and two Distinguished Lectures (see CONFERENCE FLYER ). Furthermore, a Special Issue of the Journal of Biotechnology will be organized, which is open to all contributions presented at the 10th CeBiTec Symposium. I look forward very much to welcome you in Bielefeld!


(Alfred Puehler, Chair of the Organizing Committee)


Distinguished Lectures

Rolf Apweiler(Hinxton/UK)
Bernhard Kuester(Freising/DE)


Invited Speakers

Niko Beerenwinkel (Zuerich/CH)
Joerg Bernhardt (Greifswald/DE)
Sebastian Boecker (Jena/DE)
Jürgen Cox (Martinsried/DE)
Dirk Evers (Heidelberg/DE)
Konrad Foerstner (Wuerzburg/DE)
Joern Kalinowski (Bielefeld/DE)
Ursula Kummer (Heidelberg/DE)
Andriy Luzhetskyy (Saarbruecken/DE)
Alice McHardy (Braunschweig/DE)
Katharina Noeh (Juelich/DE)
Christopher Quince (Glasgow/UK)
Alexander Schoenhuth (Amsterdam/NL)
Alexander Sczyrba (Bielefeld/DE)
Andreas Tauch (Bielefeld/DE)
Bjoern Voss (Heidelberg/DE)
Tilmann Weber (Horsholm/DK)


Speakers of the de.NBI Network

Michael Diepenbroek (Bremen)
Martin Eisenacher (Bochum)
Alexander Goesmann (Giessen)
Bjoern Gruening (Freiburg)
Oliver Kohlbacher (Tuebingen)
Christian Lawerenz (Heidelberg)
Wolfgang Mueller (Heidelberg)
Alfred Puehler (Bielefeld)
Uwe Scholz (Gatersleben)


Programme of the 10th CeBiTec Symposium

March 23rd, 2015

11:00 Registration & Snacks

13:00 Welcome Address
13:15 Introduction to the CeBiTec


13:30   Genomics of Microbes Relevant in Biotechnology and Biomedicine (Chair: Joern Kalinowski)
Andreas Tauch, Bielefeld University/DE: Killer and Commensal: Changing our Opinion about Corynebacterium jeikeium by Combining Wet-Lab Techniques and Bioinformatics
Andrij Luzhetskyy, HZI Saarland/DE: Biosynthetic Potential of Actinobacteria: Bridging Genomics and Natural Products
Tilmann Weber, TU Denmark/DK: Genomics-Driven Discovery and Engineering of Natural Products


 15:00   Coffee break


15:30   RNA-Seq as a Tool in Biotechnology and Biomedicine (Chair: Alexander Goesmann)
Konrad Foerstner, Wuerzburg University/DE: RNA-Seq – a Powerful Tool for (Bacterial) Systems Biology
Joern Kalinowski, Bielefeld University/DE: High Resolution Analysis of Transcriptomes from Actinobacteria
Bjoern Voss, Freiburg University/DE: Double Comparative Transcriptomics Reveals Complexity, Conservation and Diversity of Bacterial Transcriptomes


17:00   Coffee break


17:30   The German-Canadian Graduate School in Genome Bioinformatics (Chair: Roland Wittler)
Niko Beerenwinkel, ETH Zuerich/CH: Modeling Cancer Evolution from Genomic Data
Alexander Schoenhuth, CWI Amsterdam/NL: Haplotype Assembly for Future-Generation Sequencing Reads
Dirk Evers, Molecular Health GmbH, Heidelberg/DE: Comprehensive Treatment Decision Support: The Keystone of Personalized Medicine


19:00   Distinguished Lecture – Bernhard Kuester, TU Muenchen/DE: Human Proteomes: From Basic Science to Understanding Drug Action


20:00   Mixer/Poster Presentations


March 24th, 2015

 09:00   Bioinformatics for Metagenomics and Single Cell Analyis (Chair: Andreas Schlueter)
Christopher Quince, University of Warwick/UK: Reconstruction of Genomes from Metagenomes Using Coverage and Composition
Alice McHardy, HZI Braunschweig/DE: Gaining Insight into the Uncultured Microbial World by Computational Metagenome Analysis
Alexander Sczyrba, Bielefeld University/DE: Metagenome, Metatranscriptome and Single Cell Genome Sequencing of Biogas-Producing Microbial Communities


 10:30    Coffee break


11:00   Data Processing in Proteomics/Metabolomics (Chair: Stefan Albaum)
Joerg Bernhardt, Greifswald University/DE: Omics Meets Aesthetics – Requirements for Data Visualization in Functional Genomics
Juergen Cox, MPI Martinsried/DE: Computational Proteomics for Biomedical Research with the MaxQuant Platform
Sebastian Boecker, Jena University/DE: Elementary, my Dear Watson: Fingerprint Search in Molecular Structure Databases


12:30    Lunch


13:30   Modeling and Simulation (Chair: Karsten Niehaus)
Katharina Noeh, FZ Juelich/DE: Arts Meets Science: Visual Workflows for 13C-Metabolic Flux Analysis
Karsten Niehaus, Bielefeld University/DE: Simulation and Experimental Verification of ColE1-Plasmid Production in Escherichia coli
Ursula Kummer, Heidelberg University/DE: Integrating Proteome Data into Whole-Genome Scale Metabolic Models


15:00   Coffee break


15:30   Short Contributions of Young Scientists (Chair: Alexander Sczyrba)


17:00   Coffee break


17:30   Distinguished Lecture – Rolf Apweiler, EBI Hinxton/UK: EMBL-EBI and ELIXIR: Providing Bioinformatics Research Infrastructure for Life Sciences


19:00   Conference Dinner

March 25th, 2015

09:00   The de.NBI Initiative (Chair: Alfred Puehler)
Alfred Puehler, Bielefeld University/DE: Introduction
Klaus-Peter Michel, Project Management Juelich/DE: Welcome Address
Christian Lawerenz, DKFZ Heidelberg/DE:HD-HuB: Bioinformatics Resources and Expertise in Human Genetics and Genomics, Human Microbiomics and Systematic Phenotyping of Human Cells
Alexander Goesmann, Giessen University/DE:The BiGi Resource Center for Microbial Bioinformatics
Martin Eisenacher, Bochum University/DE: Bioinformatics for Proteomics
Oliver Kohlbacher, Tuebingen University/DE CIBI – Tools for the analysis of complex high-throughput data


10:30   Coffee break


11:00   The de.NBI Initiative (continued, Chair: Alfred Puehler)
Bjoern Gruening, Freiburg University/DE: RNA Workbench in a Box
Uwe Scholz, IPK Gatersleben/DE: GCBN – The Role of Plants in de.NBI
Wolfgang Mueller, H-its Heidelberg/DE: NBI-SysBio: Systems Biology Standards and Data Management
Michael Diepenbroek, Bremen University/DE: The databases of the “Deutsche Netzwerk für Bioinformatik-Infrastruktur” (BacDive, BRENDA, PANGAEA and SILVA)


13:05   Closing Remarks


Afternoon Session for de.NBI consortium (de.NBI participants only)

14:00   Plenary meeting of the de.NBI consortium


Organizing committee

Stefan Albaum
Tanja Dammann-Kalinowski
Alexander Goesmann/Giessen
Joern Kalinowski
Karsten Niehaus
Alfred Puehler (Chair)
Andreas Schlueter
Alexander Szcyrba
Werner Selbitschka
Jens Stoye
Andreas Tauch
Stefan Weidner


Please register to the conference by using the ONLINE REGISTRATION. Deadline for registration: March 15, 2015


Submission of Abstracts

Please submit your poster presentation abstract by using the online registration above. Six of the most competitive posters will be selected for oral presentations (15 min each) in the session Short Contributions of Young Scientists. Deadline for submission: March 09, 2015


Registration fee

Attendee's affiliation/status:


€ 150


€ 250


€ 50

The registration fee covers the conference materials including book of abstracts, snacks, coffee and lunch and conference dinner.

Please follow the payment details provided by the ONLINE REGISTRATION process.



We have reserved a limited number of rooms at discounted rates for participants:


B&B  Hotel Bielefeld
(reference 62926229)                            52 EUR per night (excluding breakfast)

Telephone:     +49 521 30 43 30           
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Hotel Bielefelder Hof
(reference 10th CeBiTec Symposium)   80 EUR per night (including breakfast)

Telephone:       +49 521 52 82 0            
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Arcadia Hotel Bielefeld
(reference 143490)                                 75 EUR per night (including breakfast)

Telephone:     +49 521 52 53 0            
Fax:               +49 521 52 53 444
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Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University, Methoden 1, 33615 Bielefeld.


Travel Information

Detailed information on how to travel to Bielefeld and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Bielefeld University can be found HERE .


Further Information

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The 10th CeBiTec Symposium is supported by grants 031A190 and 031A532B of  the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) .