Summer School in Computational Physiology

Summer School in Computational Physiology

The annual summer school is designed to give postgraduate students the opportunity to perform cutting edge research with the world's leading researchers in their fields.

Key points

  • Students spend 2 weeks of formal lectures and project work in June at Simula (Oslo, Norway), followed by 1.5 weeks of workshops, joint project work, and a final presentation in August at the University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, USA).
  • 10 ECTS from University of Oslo.
  • Travel and accommodation grants provided.
  • Varied and engaging social activities are arranged.

2024 Dates

  • 14 - 28 June (Oslo, Norway)
  • 5 - 13 August (San Diego, CA, USA)


This school includes both targeted research lectures and a practical project component. The 2024 program begins with a 10-year anniversary event on 14 June. The lectures will be conducted over 2 weeks in Oslo from 17 - 28 June. In the final two days of this Oslo period (27 - 28 June), students will be assigned and begin working together with a supervisor and several other students on a group research project in their area of interest. They will write up the project methods and results during the second half of the school, which will be held in San Diego from 5-13 August.

The material covered by this summer school will focus on fundamental principles of mathematical modeling in electrophysiology and biomechanics. Specifically, the lectures will address cellular and subcellular biophysical processes responsible for electrical activation in cardiac muscle cells and neurons, frameworks for tissue scale electrical signal propagation, and cellular- and tissue-level contractile mechanics in the heart. Since the final part of the course will be a small research project, the students will also be introduced to the required materials and use numerical methods and software tools for computational modeling based on differential equations. See course details for more information.

The summer school is tailored to interest first- and second-year Ph.D. students and MSc students; students from third-party institutions, as well as both host Universities, are encouraged to apply.

Course enrolment will be limited. Simula offers travel grants to all accepted applicants, designed to cover major costs associated with travel to/from Oslo and/or San Diego. Accommodation will also be provided free of charge. (Note: students should expect to cover the cost of some of their meals, as well as any leisure activities or travel).

Motivation & Support

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has promoted long-standing research collaborations with the University of Oslo (UiO) and Simula Research Laboratory (Simula), focused on multiple aspects of computational physiology. This joint summer school, now in its 10th year, has emerged based on the complementary expertise and shared educational goals of these three institutions.

The core goal of the summer school is to promote successful research collaboration between the host institutions, with particular emphasis on the training of excellent Ph.D. candidates.

The annual Summer School in Computational Physiology in organised as part of the SUURPh program, with additional support from the following: course details


SSCP program director