18th Bologna Winter School

Revisiting Bioinformatics Foundations

Bologna - February 13-17, 2017

International Master in Bioinformatics and Interdepartmental Centre "Luigi Galvani" of the University of Bologna

with the support of:
the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SIB)

18th Bologna Winter School
Revisiting Bioinformatics Foundations

I think that we shall have to get accustomed to the idea that we must not look upon science as a "body of knowledge", but rather as a system of hypotheses, or as a system of guesses or anticiptations that in principle cannot be justified, but with which we work as long as they stand up to tests, and of which we are never justified in saying that we know they are "true"

Karl Popper (1902-1994), The Logic of Scientific Discovery

Is Bioinformatics science? And if so which are its foundations? In the era of data production at a rate of terabytes per week (at least in the biological field) the requirement of data analysis in real time more and more stands on the automatic applications of tools organised in pipelines that transfer previously acquired knowledge to a virtual world of sequences. The question then poses on the foundations of such an approach and to which extent we can rely on what we invented so far. The school will revisit the bases of our approach to reach the state of art in giving answers to specific problems of functional and structural annotation and highlighting once more that only the knowledge of the electron densities of the molecules and their interactions should drive our understanding of the ever increasing massive deluge of data present in the data bases.


Patrizia Brigidi

Patrizia Brigidi web mail
Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology. University of Bologna, IT

Roberta Chiaraluce

Roberta Chiaraluce web mail
Dept of Biochemical Sciences, University "La Sapienza", Roma, IT

Montserrat Corominas

Montserrat Corominas web mail
Department of Genetics, University of Barcelona, ES

Roderic Guigo

Roderic Guigó web mail
Dept of Experimental and Health Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ES

Piero Fariselli

Piero Fariselli web mail
Dept of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, IT

David Jones

David Jones web mail
Dept of Computer Science, University College of London, UK

Anders Krogh

Anders Krogh web mail
The Bioinformatics Centre, University of Copenhagen, DK

Arthur Lesk

Arthur Lesk web mail
Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, PennState University, State College (PA), USA

Silvio Tosatto

Silvio Tosatto web mail
Dept of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, IT

Anna Tramontano

Anna Tramontano web mail
Dept of Physics, University "La Sapienza", Roma, IT

Mauno Vihinen

Mauno Vihinen web mail
Dept of Experimental Medical Science, Lund University, SE


Revisiting Bioinformatics Foundations
February 13-17, 2017
Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani 5/B, Bologna

Monday, February 13th
Genes and Proteins
Arthur Lesk, David Jones

Tuesday, February 14th
Patrizia Brigidi, Anders Krogh

Wednesday, February 15th
Protein Structure and Stability
Anna Tramontano, Roberta Chiaraluce, Piero Fariselli, Silvio Tosatto

Thursday, February 16th
Genes and Diseases
Mauno Vihinen

Friday, February 17th
RNA and Epigenomics
Montserrat Corominas, Roderic Guigò

Lectures will be given at Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani 5/B, Bologna from 10.00 am to 1pm and from 3 to 6.00pm.

Lunches and coffees are included.


APPLICATION should be submitted by e-mail to:

Maximum number of participants is limited to 30 students
For Application send a short C.V. to
You will be notified by e-mail of acceptance

Deadline for application: February 6th, 2017

SCHOOL FEES: 500 EURO that covers material, courses, lunches, coffee breaks


ACCOMODATION at the ERASMUS COLLEGE, in downtown Bologna:
160 EURO per person for a double room (6 nights)
260 EURO per person for a single room, if available (6 nights)
Dues will be payed upon acceptance with modalities to be specified

Revisiting Bioinformatics Foundations
c/o Prof. Rita Casadio
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
School of Science
Via Selmi, 3
40126 Bologna - ITALY

Organisation: AIRBBC
Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Biofisica e Biologia Computazionale


ERASMUS College: via de' Chiari, 8
Tel: +39 051 276711

How to get to the ERASMUS College
from the airpot: BUS BLQ (AEROBUS) from Airport to Central Station
from the station: BUS C from Central Station to Cartolerie or BUS #11 from Autostazione to Garganelli

Il Caffè della Corte: corte Isolani, 5B
Tel: +39 051 261555

How to get to Il Caffè della Corte:
From the train station take the public bus, #27 or #25, and get off at the first stop after the Due Torri. The entrance to Corte Isolani is located at #19 on Strada Maggiore.

From the Due Torri, the two towers at Piazza della Mercanzia, follow along Via Santo Stefano. The entrance to Corte Isolani is located at #18 along this street.

From the highway we recommend driving towards the center of Bologna and leaving the car in a parking area along the viali, which is the street that circles the perimeter of the historic downtown. Traffic is limited in the downtown area and allows only those vehicles with proper permits to drive inside the historic area.

Bus schedules can be obtained at the official TPER website.

People & Contacts


Scientific Committee: Rita Casadio, David T. Jones
Organising Committee: P. Fariselli, P.L. Martelli
Local Committee: G. Babbi, S. Bovo, P. Di Lena, G. Profiti, I. Rossi, C. Savojardo

Organising Secretary
AIRBBC: Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Biofisica e Biologia Computazionale
c/o Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
School of Science
Via Selmi, 3
40126 Bologna - ITALY
tel: (+39) 051 2094005