Mathematics for Developmental Biology (17w5164)


(University of Calgary)

(University of California, Irvine)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematics for Developmental Biology" workshop from December 10th to December 15th, 2017.

How does an egg become a beautifully patterned fish? How does a seed develop into a
plant? The diversity of organic forms is astounding, and the mechanisms through which
genes control the development of organisms have long been considered discouragingly
complex, inaccessible to scientific inquiry. This perception is now changing, fuelled by
breakthroughs in microscopic experimental techniques, and the introduction of
computational models and mathematical arguments to the analysis of development. The
branches of mathematics used for this purpose are highly diverse and, interestingly, often
lie outside the traditional area of “applied mathematics”. The workshop will bring
together leading developmental biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and
physicists, as well as young researchers, united in their quest for the best mathematics for
developmental biology, and sharing the vision of fostering biological research by
transforming developmental biology from a descriptive to a mathematical science.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides
an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disc
iplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineeri
ng Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional
de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).