Mathematical tools for evolutionary systems biology (13w5080)


(University of Arizona)

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Peter Swain (University of Edinburgh (UK))


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematical tools for evolutionary systems biology" workshop from May 26th to May 31st, 2013.

Systems biology aims at constructing mathematical models of parts of organisms as they are today. Evolutionary biology aims at constructing mathematical models of parts of ecosystems as they are evolving. Both ask why life is as we see it today and both aim to base their models on observations and to use the language of mathematics to describe these observations, but both have been working quite separately.

This workshop is about bringing researchers from both fields together to exchange ideas and develop new techniques that can benefit and merge both fields. The goal is to improve modeling techniques to describe how cells and organisms change over time and, by extension, how their populations evolve over time.

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 disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering 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).