International Study Group for BioThermoKinetics

BioThermoKinetics in the Post Genomic Era

8th BioThermoKinetics Meeting

July 2-5, 1998

göteborg university & chalmers university of technology, Göteborg, Sweden

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The international study group on BioThermoKinetics - BTK invites everyone to present her/his most recent and exciting results concerning the Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Regulation, or Control of Biological Systems. In particular contributions are encouraged that promote synthesis between theoretical and experimental approaches, or that examine the above topics quantitatively. BTK meetings are aimed at promoting (i) understanding of the quantitative sciences that are relevant to the field, (ii) rapid progress in the research in the field through synergism between the work of participants, and (iii) applications in medical and biotechnological contexts. Since the primary aim of the meeting is to encourage discussions between the most active scientists in the BTK field, sessions are organised so as to include a final discussion of each session’s main topic with reference to the poster presentations and some of the poster presenters will be asked to present a “poster flash” (a 5 minutes oral presentation). Accordingly, much attention will be given to the poster presentations. Lectures mainly serve to present an overview of a topic and provoke discussion of unresolved issues. All participants are requested to contribute with a poster, also presented as a mini-paper (2 - 4 pages), the acceptance of which for inclusion in the BTK proceedings are subject to peer review. This book will be available to the participants during the meeting.

Organizing Committee: International Advisory Committee:
L. Gustafsson (Göteborg) D. Fell (Oxford)
E. Albers (Göteborg) E. Gnaiger (Innsbruck)
A. Blomberg (Göteborg) R. Heinrich (Berlin)
C. Larsson (Göteborg) J. Hoerter (Chatenay Malabry)
G. Lidén (Göteborg) J.-H. S. Hofmeyr (Stellenbosch)
A. Nilsson (Göteborg) D.B. Kell (Aberystwyth)
I.-L. Påhlman (Göteborg) J.P. Mazat (Bordeaux)
H. Valadi (Göteborg) J. Nielsen (Copenhagen)
H.V. Westerhoff (Amsterdam) M. Rigoulet (Bordeaux)
S. Schuster (Berlin)
J.L. Snoep (Amsterdam)
K. van Dam (Amsterdam)

Tentative programme

July 2 - afternoon Transfer with bus from Göteborg to Gullmarstrand, Fiskebäckskil
Opening of the 8th BTK Meeting
20:30 - 20:40
Opening remarks
L. Gustafsson (Göteborg)
20:40 - 21:15
BTK traditions and Perspectives
H.V. Westerhoff (Amsterdam)
July 3 - Session 1
Control Analysis: Theory and applications
ChairmenDiscussion leaders:
J. Hofmeyr & R. Heinrich
09:00 - 09:30
Opening lecture I
D. Fell (Oxford)
09:30 - 10:00
Opening lecture II
10:00 - 11:30
Poster session 1
11:30 - 12:30
Discussion 1
12:30 - 13:30
July 3 - Session 2
Metabolic Regulation, Control and Signalling
Chairmen & Discussion leaders:
J.-P. Mazat & S. Schuster
13:30 - 14:00
Opening lecture I
J. Snoep (Amsterdam)
14:00 - 14:30
Opening lecture II
14:30 - 16:00
Poster session 2
16:00 - 17:00
Discussion 2
July 3 - Session 3
Biological Energy Transformations & Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Chairmen & Discussion leaders:
H.V. Westerhoff & E. Gnaiger
17:30 - 18:00
Opening lecture I
J. Jeneson (Seattle)
18:00 - 18:30
Opening lecture II
18:30 - 20:00
Poster session 3
20:00 - 21:00
21:00 - 22:00
Discussion 3
July 4 - Session 4
Metabolic Pathways, Compartments and Channels & Transient Regulation of Metabolism
Chairwomen & Discussion leaders:
L. Gustafsson & J. Hoerter
09:00 - 09:30
Opening lecture I
A. Blomberg (Göteborg)
09:30 - 10:00
Opening lecture II
10:00 - 11:30
Poster session 4
11:30 - 12:30
Discussion 4
12:30 - 13:30
July 4 - Session 5
Metabolic Modelling & Applications
Chairmen & Discussion leaders:
G. Lidén & K. van Dam
13:30 - 14:00
Opening lecture I
J. Nielsen (Copenhagen)
14:30 - 15:00
Opening lecture II
15:00 - 16:00
Poster session 5
16:00 - 17:00
Discussion 5
17:30 - 20:00
Boat Trip
20:00 -
July 5 10:00 -
Transfer with bus from Gullmarstrand, Fiskebäckskil to Göteborg and its airport.

Publication information

All participants are invited to contribute a poster, a written and peer reviewed account of which may be published in BioThermoKinetics 5. The manuscript, 2 - 4 pages (A4, 12p, single space, 3 cm margins) including references should reach the BTK organizers before April 5, in the form of a Word for Windows 7.0 (or lower) on a floppy disc plus a printed copy. If you are using MacIntosh make sure to use a PC-formatted disc.

The paper should contain in sequence:

  1. title, list of authors, address, phone, fax & e-mail
  2. Introduction
  3. Methods
  4. Results
  5. Discussion
  6. References (according to BBA: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta).

The results and discussion section can be combined and the figures should be placed in the text.

Projection facilities & poster presentation

Overhead projector and a slide projector are available.

Poster boards are 100 x 70 cm. Material for mounting will be provided.

10th EBEC

Immediately preceding the BTK, the 10th EBEC will be held in Göteborg

10th EBEC conference secretariat
Dr. Bengt Persson
Dept. Engineering and Natural Sciences
Växjö University
S-351 95 Växjö
Tel: 46 470 708736; Fax: 46 470 708756

Information can also be found at:

Conference Venue

The main part of the meeting will be held at a conference hotel outside the town of Göteborg, but will start in Göteborg as a satellite meeting to the EBEC Conference that will last during the period June 27 to July 2. Transportation will be arranged to the conference hotel at July 2. After registration the meeting will start with a Welcome address and an Introductory lecture on that same day, followed by a get-together-party. The three following conference days will be organised in different sessions according to the tentative topics. Each session will include an overview lecture, poster presentations and a discussion. Each contribution takes the form of a printed publication of up to 4 pages and will be shortly presented during the appropriate session. All participants are strongly encouraged to take part in the discussions of each session in order to contribute to a lively and stimulating meeting. The local organisers will do their best to provide you all with a stimulating and rewarding environment. You will be most welcome to Göteborg.

Travel information

Some web pages about Göteborg:

The distance between the airport (Landvetter) and Göteborg is ca. 30 km.The meeting will be held at Gullmarstrand conference hotel located in a small village, Fiskebäckskil. A special bus transfer from Göteborg to the conference hotel will be arranged on July 2 (ca. 1.5 hours travelling time). The bus will leave from Göteborg (Götaplatsen) at 16.30. Please remember to indicate on the registration form whether or not you are interested in joining this bus. For those who want to make their own travel arrangements, you can either go by car or by regular bus service.

By bus: Take bus 840 from Göteborg (Nils Ericsson Terminal) to Bokenäs. From there it is bus 845 to reach Fiskebäckskil.

By car: Take the E6 north from Göteborg towards Oslo, north of Uddevalla turn to reach road no. 161 which will continue all the way to Fiskebäckskil. An alternative, nicer way is to go via the islands Tjörn and Orust. To do this leave the E6 already at Stenungsund (follow the signs to Tjörn) and follow road no. 160 until you reach road no. 161.


Participants requiring a visa for entry to Sweden should apply in their home countries well in advance of their intended date of travel. Visa applications might be facilitated by including a copy of the registration confirmation. All participants will be sent such a confirmation once their final registration and payment have been received by the secretariat.


By registering for the BTK, participants agree that neither the Organising Committee nor the University of Göteborg assume any liability whatsoever.

Registration Costs/Payments

The total cost for the conference will be dependent on the room preference, i.e.:

Single room 3.600 SKr
Double room 3.100 SKr
Room with 3 beds (double room with one extra bed) 2.700 SKr
Room with 4 beds (double room with two extra beds) 2.500 SKr

These prices are Reverge charge (which means that Swedish V.A.T. is not accounted for). The price includes room for three nights, breakfast (3), lunch (2), dinner (3), coffee/tea (4), boat-trip (1), bus-transfer (Göteborg-Gullmarstrand and return), conference rooms and finally the conference book. Since the number of rooms is limited, especially the single rooms, they will be assigned on first-come first-served basis. Please indicate on the Registration form whether you are willing to share a double room in case the single rooms are already booked. Please also note that after the deadline of April 5 the price will increase with 1000 SEK (strictly enforced). The number of participants will be limited to 120 persons.

How to pay

Participants are requested to complete the registration form and return it together with a copy of the Bank order before April 5 to:

Lena Gustafsson
Lundberg Laboratory
Box 462
S-405 30 Göteborg

A printout of the manuscript as well as a disc containing the manuscript should be sent before April 5 to: Christer Larsson Lundberg Laboratory Box 462 S-405 30 Göteborg Sweden

Payment in Swedish kronor (SEK) should be made to: BTK98/Ansvar 3073 project no. 243003430 Bank account no. 5439 10 323 09 , Swiftcode ESSE SESS Skandinaviska enskilda banken S-106 40 Stockholm Sweden

Please remember to enclose a copy of the bank order with the registration form!

When payment, registration form and manuscript have reached the secretariat a confirmation of the registration will be sent to the participants.

Conference secretariat

Christer Larsson (secretary)
Lundberg Laboratory
Box 462
S-405 30 Göteborg
phone 46 31 773 25 79; fax 46 31 773 25 99


Lena Gustafsson (chairman)
Lundberg Laboratory
Box 462
S-405 30 Göteborg
phone 46 31 773 25 97; fax 46 31 773 25 99

Address on site

S-450 34 Fiskebäckskil
phone 46 523 222 60; fax 46 523 228 05

This page is maintained by Pedro Mendes of the Aberystwyth Group

Any enquiries about the conference please email

Last updated: 30 September 1998