Objectives and scope
The scientific objective of the
program is to establish a European research community in functional
dynamics of complex chemical and biological systems. The aim is
to make new tools and methods for
quantitative modelling of behavior, development and morphology of
biological systems with special emphasis on the incorporation of
dynamic information. A major goal of functional dynamics is the study
of systems where dynamic behavior is in itself part of biological
Living organisms are characterized by a plethora of chemical and structural details at numerous complexity levels making comprehensive understanding and modelling at every spatial and temporal scale an unattainable task. One aim of FUNCDYN is the development of systematic methods for reduction of model complexity by restricting the modelling to relevant temporal and spatial scales without loosing the quantitative predictive ability. Another aim is the development of equipment and experimental protocols for the efficient collection of relevant dynamic data.
Analogous spatio-temporal problems in chemistry and physics have been succesfully approached by implementation of methods derived from the theory of non-linear dynamics. An important instrument of FUNCDYN is to transfer such methods originally developed for studies of non-biological systems, to the study of dynamically similar bio-systems, by integrating on a European level researchers from the field of non-linear dynamics with researchers from biochemistry and biology. Another important instrument is to encourage the use of expensive equipment scattered over Europe for in vivo large scale collection of data on system dynamics.