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Egils Stalidzans, Natalja Bulipopa, Jurijs Sulins and Katrina Landmane visited the research centre BIOQUANT, University of Heidelberg at the end of summer. Different activities were carried out to coordinate the optimization experiments, exchange the interdisciplinary working skills, draft the idea of a joint scientific publication. 


Metabolic Pathway Analysis 2019

Biennial conference held on August 12 – 16, 2019 in Riga, Latvia


The Metabolic Pathway Analysis 2019 held in the newly built Academic Centre for Life Sciences in Riga is the seventh conference in MPA series. The conference comes to Latvia at a time of celebration – it is the centenary of Latvia as an independent country and its national university –University of Latvia.


Earlier MPA meetings have been held in Jena, Germany (2005), Leiden, the Netherlands (2009), Chester, United Kingdom (2011), Oxford, United Kingdom (2013), Braga, Portugal (2015) and Bozeman, Montana, the USA (2017). The meeting has a primary focus on metabolism and interconnected processes. The conference includes invited and selected talks, poster sessions, as well as tutorials.

The previous conference Metabolic Pathway Analysis (MPA) 2017 was held on July 24 – 28, 2017 at Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman, USA. More information here.

The next conference Metabolic Pathway Analysis (MPA) 2021 will be held on August 2 – 6, 2021 at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. More information here.

Conference Photo Gallery

The conference consists of 6 sessions:


  1. Systems medicine

  2. Fundamentals of metabolic network structure

  3. Reconstituted systems and synthetic biology

  4. Pathways of primary and secondary metabolism

  5. Applied metabolic systems analysis and engineering

  6. Methodology and mathematical algorithms and software

Pre-conference tutorials

  1. Modelling Dynamic Systems in Python, Oliver Ebenhöh

  2. Metabolic Modeling in the Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase), José P. Faria, Janaka Edirisinghe

  3. Merlin - Software for Reconstruction of Genome-Scale Models, Isabel Rocha, Oscar Dias

  4. Reproducibility and Standards in Metabolic Kinetic Modeling, Herbert Sauro

  5. Analyzing Metabolic Networks with CellNetAnalyzer, Axel von Kamp, Philipp Schneider, Steffen Klamt

Chair: Egils Stalidzans (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Ross P. Carlson (Montana State University, Bozeman, USA)

Oliver Ebenhoeh (Henrich Heine University, Germany)

Sabine Peres (University of Paris-Sud Paris-Saclay, France)

Mark Poolman (Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom)

Isabel Rocha (ITQB, NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal)

Herbert Sauro (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)

Stefan Schuster (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany)

Hyun-Seob Song (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)

Zita Soons (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Cong Trinh (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)

The local organising committee

Chair: Darta Maija Zake (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Elina Dace (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Janis Kurlovics (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Kristaps Berzins (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Santa Prikule (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Agris Pentjuss (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Katrina Daila Neiburga (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Zane Ozolina (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Liva Stalidzane (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

The scientific and organising committee

Invited speakers

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Dong-Yup Lee

Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

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John Wain

Quadram Institute Bioscience, United Kingdom

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Uwe Sauer

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Adil Mardinoglu

KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, King's College London, Sweden and the United Kingdom

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Kathrin Thedieck

University of Innsbruck, Austria

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Herbert Sauro

University of Washington, United States

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Athel Cornish-Bowden

French National Centre for Scientific Research, France

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Anne Siegel

Univ Rennes, Inria, CNRS, IRISA, France


Harald H. H. W. Schmidt

Maastricht University, The Netherlands


Sponsors and contributors

We are thankful for the financial support from the European Regional Development Fund project Nr. The University of Latvia in the European Research Area – excellence, activity, mobility, capacity. As well as we acknowledge the US National Science Foundation for a student travel grant.





Academic Centre for Life Sciences

University of Latvia

Jelgavas iela 1

Riga, LV-1004



The conference oral presentations were held on the 1st floor, auditorium 106 “Magnum”.

The poster presentations were held in the lobby (2nd floor).

Coffee breaks and lunch was served in the courtyard (2nd floor).

The 1st day tutorials were held on the 3rd floor – rooms 334, 335, 336.


Additional activities


Conference dinner

Conference dinner at an authentic medieval restaurant located at the heart of the Old Town Riga


Field trip to Jurmala

A trip to the great Ķemeri Bog boardwalk trails where it is possible to explore the natural diversity of Latvia. Afterwards, a seaside resort city in Jurmala was visited to explore the city or just relax.


Field trip to Sigulda

A trip to the city of Sigulda to visit the Secret Soviet Bunker of Ligatne and the medieval Turaida Castle

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