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Modular approach teaching systems biology to monodisciplinary specialists in the European project 'Mosbio'  [2008]

Stalidzans, E., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia). Faculty of Information Technology. Dept. of Computer Systems. Biosystems Group Mozga, I., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia). Faculty of Information Technology. Dept. of Computer Systems. Biosystems Group

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Recent great achievements of biology - complete sequencing of genomes of several organisms gave us huge amount of knowledge about biomolecules. Implementation of new achievements was very promising. Still there exist uncured diseases and unsolved items in different bioeconomy branches. Systems Biology (SB) is a science that discovers the principles underlying the emergence of the functional properties of living organisms from interactions between macromolecules. Fast development of SB is determined by its high value in technology intensive bioindustries (medicine, biotechnology, food industry) and ecology (sustainable development, biofuels). EU Life Long Learning program Transfer of Innovation project 'MOdular education for interdisciplinary Systems BIOlogy' (MOSBIO) has to contribute the delivery of scientific progress to the industry (Science-Education-Implementation) as well as distribute the expertise of most developed countries to the rest of EU. Main idea of the project is to split SB competence in a number of educational modules to allow target oriented individualised vocational education of managers, technologists, scientists and teachers as the main groups of beneficiaries. Expected results of the project are: definitions of educational modules, contents of educational modules, MOSBIO website, pilot courses (to get the feedback about modules) and MOSBIO conference. Partnership consists of 6 partners from 5 countries (Latvia, Germany, Estonia, Finl
and and Spain) representing 3 universities, 2 SME and 1 professional association.