About us

The Frisbi seminar series is an IST Austria initiative to bring together anybody with an interest in quantitative biology. When Frisbi began, in 2013, IST had several groups interested in various aspects of this rather vast field – evolutionary genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, systems and synthetic biology, and biophysics – and the goal of the series was to foster communication and cooperation between them. The seminars were a success, and soon began to attract a diverse audience, including but not limited to biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers.

Initially, speakers were mostly PhD students, postdocs, and occasionally PIs from the various IST groups who work in related areas. But as the seminar series grew, external speakers began to be invited as well, and now the speaker list is a good mix of very early-career scientists (PhDs and postdocs) along with more established researchers.

The Frisbi series has taken place almost uninterrupted from October 2013. Recently, however, the series was on a hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But starting November 6, 2020 the seminar series will resume, completely online. In terms of focus, we’ve come back full circle. Very early-career scientists, especially PhD students, are strongly encouraged to use this forum to present their work, either complete or in-progress, to colleagues. We welcome both experimentalists and theorists – in an interdisciplinary field like quantitative biology, one needs both of these complementary approaches.

We want to keep this forum as inclusive as possible while adhering to the primary focus – quantitative methods applied to biological systems. Anybody who finds this interesting is warmly invited to join our mailing list: FriSBi@lists.ist.ac.at (this can be done from the Control Panel for internal users). All information and updates about upcoming talks (speaker name, title, abstract, and Zoom links) are sent out via mail. The current schedule can be found here.

If you would like to join us, please contact us directly or check out:
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