Nature, in Code

EPFL – October 19-22, 2020
Did you ever wonder what laws govern nature and life? How natural selection influences populations? Whether gene mutations are useful?

Computer simulations can answer these questions and even predict which genetic characteristics will be transmitted to future generations. Today, this revolutionary tool is as essential for scientist as are theory and experiments.

During this summer school, you will learn the basics of JavaScript programming and implement key biological concepts in code to analyze their impact on life. The findings are presented visually, in an easy way to interpret them.

Come and join us, code your own simulations and share the results with your friends!

October 19-22, 2020, from 10:00 to 17:00, EPFL Lausanne –

subject to favourable developments in the health situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic

High school students who passed their first year.

No prior programming knowledge required.

Handouts in French.

Course taught in French and English.

CHF 50.- (excl. VAT)

Lunches are included but the participants have to cover their housing and living expenses. Rooms are pre-booked at Youth Hostel Lausanne until September 18, 2020. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested. 

  • Students from the School of Computer and Communication Sciences as well as from the School of Life Sciences
  • Dr Barbara Jobstmann, Lecturer, School of Computer and Communication Sciences

Registration is closed.


The course material is based on the book “Nature, in Code” by M. Salathé, EPFL professor in the School of Computer and Communication Science and the School of Life Sciences.

This summer school is supported by the School of Computer and Communication Sciences and the Education Outreach Department.