The “EpiGeneSys” Network of Excellence has strived to build a bridge between two areas of European excellence, epigenetics and systems biology and has established a framework to catalyse interdisciplinary exchanges and training, as well as to foster the sharing of tools, resources and knowledge.
Through its more than 350 publications, many in leading high impact factor journals, and the many meetings and workshops organised by the network, EpiGeneSys research has reached a wide scientific audience. The RISE1 scheme, which integrated 20 junior group leaders into the network, aided the integration of epigenetics and systems biology through its multi-targeted approach. The EpiGeneSys training programme has benefited around 850 participants and laid the ground for research combining epigenetics and systems biology to keep on prospering in the future.
Although the period as an EC-funded initiative has ended, it remains an ongoing network goal to support sustainable interactions between epigeneticists and systems biologists that would not have been possible without EpiGeneSys.
EpiGeneSys coordinator and director of the Geneviève Almouzni, together with Maria Elena Torres Padilla, director of the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells at the Helmhotz Zetrum München, has secured funding for the “groupe de recherche internationale” EpiGene2Sys, which will allow to continue the tradition of the EpiGeneSys meetings. The project will be launched officially at the beginning of 2018, but we have already set the date of the first EpiGene2Sys meeting:
15th – 17th of January 2018, Munich