General information

Full name                      
Infrastructure for Systems Biology Europe                                
Short name                
Legal statusN/A, ERIC planned for 2018, delayed to 2020
Operational statusunder development
Coordinating institutionUniversità di Napoli Federico II
Gennaro Piccialli (Interim Director, Central office),
Hans Westerhoff (CORBEL, Make Me My Model)

RI member countries

Preparatory Phase: CZ, DE, ES, FI, GR, IE, IT, NL, NO, SE, SI, UK

Construction Phase: IT, NL, SI                 




Interim Central Office (ISBE.IT):

Gennaro Piccialli, piccialli [at]

Massimiliano Borsani, massimiliano.borsani [at]

Netherlands Node:

Alexey Kolodkin, alexeykolodkin [at]

National nodes

This sections provides an overview on the national subsidiaries of the RI.


NameContact, website
ISBE.NL, ISBE.SL         



Description of the organisation

ISBE is a knowledge-based research infrastructure that will empower European researchers across academia, clinics and industry to implement systems biology approaches addressing how the dynamic interactions between biological components (molecules, cells, tissues, organs) leads to the functioning of living organisms. ISBE will actively support scientists in facilitating model-compliant data generation, accessing resources for storing and sharing research assets, making their research assets FAIR compliant (that is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) and creating predictive computational multi-scale models of biological systems based on integration of highly diverse data sets. In addition, ISBE will provide training for infrastructure users and providers to offer efficient services.  

During the Interim Phase, ISBE will start to offer web-based services, named ISBE light. Three types of interrelated service modules will be available and rely on in-kind contributions from the ISBE community:

•  Modelling & Theory
Services for building, validating, exploiting and expanding predictive computational models of biological systems that enable research groups to implement systems biology strategies.

•   Stewardship
Manage research assets (data, models, procedures, etc.) in a concerted manner to make them FAIR, i.e. Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (together with the FAIRDOM programme).

•  Education & Training
Develop and make available a portfolio of MSc, doctoral and postdoctoral teaching and training programmes.

Service offer

A list of services offered by ISBE can be downloaded here.