Biological systems are structured in hierarchical levels of organisation, from molecules to cells, tissues, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Paramount to biology, each level of organisation performs specific functions that are tightly regulated by feedback arising from multiple scales. For example, cells perform a wide range of metabolic, signalling, and structural functions, regulated not only by their internal molecular compositions but also by the properties of the tissue in which they are embedded.
Understanding how information is transmitted across different levels of biological organisation is crucial for predicting and controlling biological function, particularly under the influence of intrinsic and environmental perturbations. The Biology Across Scales symposium is an event aimed at exploring how biological systems regulate their dynamics through the interplay of processes spanning multiple scales of organisation from an experimental and theoretical point of view. The symposium will bring together researchers from different fields to discuss current challenges and future prospects of biological research bridging multiple scales, from the subcellular level to populations and ecosystems, promoting interactions between scientists concerned with the bidirectional flow of information between biological scales and fostering new collaborations and ideas.
To accommodate the diversity of scientists and topics fitting into the scope of this symposium we structured the program in three days dedicated to different thematic sessions. The aim of the thematic sessions is to highlight connections between different levels of biological organisation and draw parallels between different biological phenomena relying on similar feedback mechanisms. Overall, the Biology Across Scales symposium will provide a unique opportunity for researchers from different backgrounds to come together and explore new approaches to multiscale biological research.