Models of Evolution

a CONTRA Innovative Training Network Workshop

Barcelona, June 3-7, 2019


This workshop is organized by the CONTRA (Computational ONcology TRaining Alliance) Innovative Training Network, a joint effort of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (coordinator), University of Warsaw, Poland, University of Cambridge, UK, King’s College London-Francis Crick Institute, UK, The Institute of Cancer Research, UK, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Spain, University of Vigo, Spain, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

In the CONTRA Innovative Training Network, we are interested in studying the evolutionary processes of tumors. In this workshop we will focus on “Models of Evolution”, and we will discuss their conceptual and methodological bases. Experts with different viewpoints on cancer genomics will present their work in lectures.

Event Stucture: a Workshop in Three Parts

1,5 Days of Internal Network Workshop (June 3-4):
– The CONTRA Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will have the opportunity to present their own project to the Network, and thus have feedback from other ESRs and CONTRA members.
– A CONTRA Journal Club: each ESR will present a paper related to their work for discussion with all participants.

1 Day of Practical Tutorials on Tumor Evolutionary Models (June 5):
Andrew Roth (University of Oxford) will be giving tutorials. More information later.

1 Day of Open Workshop: Lectures by Invited Speakers (June 6):
“Models of Evolution” Workshop of the ITN-CONTRA (Computational Oncology Training Alliance).
See List of Speakers.

Additionally, on June 7 a mid-term meeting will be held. For CONTRA members only.

Open Workshop – June 6

Open Workshop Program

Single Cell Genomics: From Sample to Cell Atlas
Holger Heyn, Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG), Barcelona

The evolutionary dynamics of cancer
Ricard Solé, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Systems biology to study cancer evolution
Francesca Ciccarelli, The Francis Crick Institute (CRICK)

Deciphering geographical complexity of the tumour ecosystem
Yinyin Yuan, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)

mRNA quality control in tumor evolution
Fran Supek, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

Inferring phylogenies from tumor NGS data
David Posada, Universidad de Vigo (UVigo)

De novo proteins in evolution and disease
Mar Albà, Institut Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques (IMIM)

The intra-tumor phylogeny problem
Niko Beerenwinkel, ETH Zürich

Understanding mutational processes to understand genome evolution
Núria López-Bigas, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)


Preliminary program.


Registration is now closed.

Organizing Committee

Núria López-Bigas, CONTRA IRB Barcelona PI
Abel González-Pérez, CONTRA IRB Barcelona Researcher
Martina Gasull, CONTRA IRB Barcelona assistant
Ewa Szczurek, CONTRA events coordinator
Jens Lagergren, CONTRA coordinator
Iwona Zielińska, project assistant


For the Workshop:
Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)
Parc Científic de Barcelona
C/ Baldiri Reixac 10
08028 Barcelona – Spain

For Meeting Rooms:
Institut d’Estudis catalans
Carrer del Carme, 47; 08001 Barcelona

For the Accommodation:
Residencia d’investigadors
C/Hospital, 64 – 08001 Barcelona

For the Dinners:
More information later.

Map for Accommodation and Meeting Rooms: