Summer School in Computational Physiology 2018

Call for Participation

The University of California San Diego, the University of Oslo, and Simula Research Laboratory host the 5th annual Joint Summer School in Computational Physiology 2018: 

Focus: Models, Tools, and Techniques for Excitable Tissues

Location: Oslo, Norway (18-29 June 2018) and San Diego, CA, USA (9-17 August 2018)

Application deadline: 15 March 2018 (now closed)

Motivation and description 

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 5th 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 PhD candidates.

This school includes both targeted research lectures and a practical project component. The lectures will be conducted over 2 weeks in Oslo from 18-29 June. In the final three days of this Oslo period (June 27-29), 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 present this project during the second half of the school, which will be held in San Diego from 9-17 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 and useful numerical methods and software tools for computational modeling based on differential equations.

The summer school is open to interested first- or second-year PhD students and MSc students; students from third-party institutions, as well as both host Universities, are encouraged to apply.

Course enrollment will be limited. Simula will offer travel grants to all accepted applicants, designed to cover the 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).

Application deadline:

March 15th, 2018

Programme and course details overview:


Practical information on your stay in Norway/the US, financing and enrolment.


  • Student application: 15 March 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: early April 2018
  • Confirmation of attendance: 9 April 2018
  • Final course details: available to participants by late May 2018