3rd openCARP Summer School on Computational Modeling of Cardiac Electrophysiology

Probaby late summer 2020, Freiburg, Germany

Workshop Agenda | Venue and Accomondation | Travel | Registration and Contact

Due to the Corona crisis, the summer school is shifted. Potential time slot for the workshop is late summer


Highly detailed simulations of cardiac function have become feasible, but performing such simulations remains a highly non-trivial problem, as complex workflows have to be employed to build, parameterize and execute simulations. The main focus of the 3rd openCARP Summer school on Computational Modeling of Cardiac Electrophysiology (Shifted to late summer 2020, Freiburg Germany) is to provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art in modeling cardiac electrophysiology, and to introduce and provide basic training for solving cardiac electrophysiology problems using the freely available modeling environment openCARP.


  • Present the cardiac system and its mathematical representation
  • Given an overview of the state of the art in modeling cardiac electrophysiology
  • Introduce the freely available electrophysiology modeling framework openCARP
  • Hands-on training in solving cardiac modeling problems using the openCARP environment


The Summer School addresses researchers at all career levels (PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, senior scientists) in academia and industry with research interests in computational modeling of cardiac electrophysiology.
In addition to a beginner track with basic openCARP training, we will be holding an experienced track with a hackathon.

Workshop Agenda

Sessions labled with A are beginners tracks, those labled with B are experienced tracks (hackathon)

1st day: TBA

Time Topic Person
14:00 Welcome address & introduction G. Plank, E. Vigmond, A. Loewe, G. Seemann
14:30 openCARP and its community platform A. Loewe, G. Seemann
15:30 carputilsGUI R. Sebastian
16:30 Coffee break
17:00 A: Introduction
B: Introduction to carputils
18:00 A: Single cell electrophysiology
B: Selecting groups & topics
19:00 End of day 1

2nd day: TBA

Time Topic Person
08:00 A: Basic Tissue Tutorial
B: Implementation
09:00 A: Model Parameterization
B: Implementation
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 A: Modeling Challenge
B: Implementation
12:00 A: Postprocessing
B: Implementation
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Presentation of the hackathon results
15:00 IEKM lab tour
16:30 Social Event
19:00 Workshop dinner
22:00 End of day 2

3rd day: TBA

Time Topic Person
09:00 Feature request session
10:00 Myokit and model integration M. Clerx
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Q&A: User-specified modeling problems
12:30 Closing remarks G. Plank, E. Vigmond, A. Loewe, G. Seemann
13:30 End of day 3

Venue and Accomondation

Freiburg is a charming little city – a car, especially in the town center, is more of an obstacle than a help. All the locations can be reached by foot within a few minutes as well as by tram. A 15 minutes tram ride (Tram 4, direction "Messe", get of at "Elsässer Strasse") will bring you to the Summer School venue from the city center.

1: Summer School Venue Seminar- und Tagungshaus (STH); Elsässer Str. 2m
2: Train Station Bismarckallee 7
3: City Center Bertoldstrasse 1

Hotel Information

This is just a small selection of hotels in Freiburg:
4: Roten Bären ~100€/night (oldest hotel in Germany!)
5: Best Western Premium Hotel Victoria ~110€/night (greenest hotel)
6: Hotel Stadt Freiburg ~160€/night (closest hotel)
7: Zur Post Hotel Garni ~130€/night
8: Rappen am Münsterplatz ~100€/night
9: Hotel Oberkirch ~100€/night
10: Novotel ~120€/night
11: Hotel Barbara ~100€/night
12: Intercity ~100€/night
13: The Alex ~90€/night
14: Paradies ~90€/night


Arrival by Air

The closest commercial airport is the EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL), served by a limited number of airlines. The best-connected major hub is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). Slightly closer than FRA is Zürich International Airport (ZUR), though transfer times between ZUR and Freiburg are usually longer than from FRA, and – for those needing visa to travel – it should be noted that Switzerland is not part of the ‘Schengen’ visa-free community.

Frankfurt International Airport

A major advantage of FRA airport is that it is directly linked to the German railway system, with direct trains to Freiburg's main train station (Hauptbahnhof; HBF) every two hours. Additional connections include a change at either Mannheim or Mainz. Upon arrival at FRA, follow the signs to the long-distance train station (Fernbahnhof). We recommend booking tickets in advanced – you can do so here by selecting "Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf" as Start and "Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf" as Destination. This trip should cost approximately 70 Euro (plus seat reservation).

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

If you arrive at BSL, please make sure you head for the exit marked Germany/France (rather than Switzerland), located to your left hand side as you enter the baggage claims area. Onwards travel from EuroAirport Basel-Mullhouse-Freiburg to Freiburg

  • via public transportation (The Freiburger Airportbus will take you from BSL airport to Freiburg main train station in roughly 1 hour (depending on traffic). The same company also offers a shuttle service, that should be pre-booked. The shuttle will not necessarily be much faster, but it should take you directly to your chosen hotel.)
  • by rental car (If you decide to rent a car, please make sure you specify ‘Mulhouse’, not merely ‘BSL’, as this will take you to the French/German side of the airport (on the Swiss side, it will cost double for the same car...).)

Zürich Airport

Once you arrive at the airport, proceed to the train station. Travel to Freiburg is either via Zürich and Basel SBB, or directly via Basel SBB. Please book your tickets in advance, which can be done here by selecting "Zürich Airport" as the Start and "Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf" as your Destination. This will cost 50-60 Euro. Note, that Switzerland is not part of the ‘Schengen’ visa-free community, so please check your visa requirements, if applicable.

Arrival by Train

Freiburg’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof, HBF) is centrally located, and within less than 20 minutes walking distance (~2 km) and 10 minutes tram ride (Tram 4, direction "Messe", get of at "Elsässer Strasse") to the venue. Many hotels and the old part of town are within easy walking distance, and there are taxis in front of the station.

Arrival by Car

We advise against arriving by car, as parking, especially within the city center, is rare and expensive. If you should decide to bring your car, you may wish to pre-book a parking space at your hotel.

Registration and Contact

There is no registration fee, you just have to pay for travel and accomondation. We can offer limited travel support to early career researchers. Please state in your registration that you are applying for the travel support and provide a few sentences why you should be supported.

Currently, the registration is not open until we know at what time the workshop will be.

If you have any questions, please contact

Gunnar Seemann
Institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine, University Heart Center Freiburg · Bad Krozingen
Email: Gunnar.Seemann@universitaets-herzzentrum.de
Tel: +49 761 270 63883

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via the SuLMaSS project


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