1st ESMTB Summer School

MARTINA FRANCA   (TA) -  ITALY

September 4-15,  2000

  The European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) is happy to announce a Biomathematics Summer School to be held in Martina Franca (Taranto, Italy) , September 4-15, 2000.
 
 
The summer school is organized also under the auspicies of the  Archimedes Center for Scientific Culture in Martina Franca.
 

 
 
 

 FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

 
 
 
Spatial structures" are those biological and ecological entities whose functions depend on the spatial relationship of their components. Examples in biology include morphogenesis, pattern formation, angiogenesis, tumor growth, chemotaxis, cytoskeletal mechanics, rabies propagation, seasonal bird migrations, patchy structure of plancton and fish populations.

Spatially distributed processes can be modelled at different scales, depending on the features of interest and on the level of aggregation of their components. Scaling is associated with the choice of representation: from discrete to continuous, from stochastic to deterministic, from ordinary to partial to stochastic differential equations, from cellular automata to particle systems, from mean-fields to individual-based models.

The purpose of the school is to present recent advances and offer interdisciplinary training  in the modeling and the study of spatial structures encountered in biology and ecology. The approach will consist in the presentation of real life examples together with the treatment of the models by which these examples may be represented, with the perspective of extracting generally valid and useful methods and techniques.

The target audience is composed of advanced graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Individuals with a mathematical background (mathematics, applied math., physics, engineering) interested in biological problems, as well as participants from the biological fields (ecology, biology, medicine, natural sciences, etc) willing to employ mathematical techniques in the study of their problems, are encouraged to apply.
 

STRUCTURE:

The school will be mainly composed of parallel courses, whose teaching will be conducted in 40 minute units with breaks in between. Each  course is conceived as a whole, with a reasonable number of goals to be achieved by the end of it. The basic material needed for understanding the course shall be classical and otherwise an appropriate introduction will be included. Concise course materials will be distributed on the first day of the school. In addition to the courses, there will be invited conferences m(40mn) and communications by participants (20mn).
 
 
 

COURSES 
 Coordinators
Instructors
Number 
of units
   
  Metapopulation dynamics 
   Programme 
 
M. Gyllenberg
M. Gyllenberg
10 
  
  Morphogenesis 
  Programme 
 
P. Maini
P. Maini
N.A.M. Monk 
 E. Plahte 
L. Davidson
 
10
  Taxis and diffusion 
   Programme 
 
A. Stevens
A. Stevens 
6
  
  Modeling cell migration 
   Programme 
 
M. Chaplain
M. Chaplain 
6
   Interacting particles and  stochastic differential equations 
    Programme 
 
V. Capasso
V. Capasso
S. Gueron
6
  
   Computer simulation of populations  
    Programme 
 
C. LePage
A. Deutsch,
A. Lomnicki,
C. LePage
10
  
   Estimation  
    Programme 
 
A. De Gaetano
A. De Gaetano 
J.N. Bacro
6
  
   Numerical methods  
    Programme 
 
L.M. Abia
L.M. Abia,
R. Bermejo
6
  
   Time scales and space 
    Programme 
 
R. Bravo de la Parra
P. Auger
J.C. Poggiale,
E. Sánchez
6
 
 
 
The language of the school is English.
 
 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The school begins on Monday, September 4, 2000. The duration of the school is two weeks, including 10 days of classes, Monday through Friday. Each day there will be 8 lecture units of 40 min by the staff and by invited speakers, as well as two 20 min lectures contributed by participants.
 

DEADLINES

Scholarship applications: May 30th, 2000
Communication of scholarship attributions: May 30th, 2000
Reduced-fee registrations: June 30th, 2000
 

For any information:  martina.franca@uni.uah.es
 
 
 


 
 
Scientific Committee:
 
L.M. Abia, O. Arino, R. Bravo de la Parra, V. Capasso, M. Chaplain,
A. De Gaetano, A. Gandolfi, M. Gyllenberg, C. LePage, P. Maini, A. Stevens
 
Organizing Committee:
O. Arino, R. Bravo de la Parra, A. De Gaetano, P. Maini, D. Morale
 

Last revision: May 3  2000 -  Daniela Morale  by    &  Emilien Arino