International conference


Modelling Biological Evolution 2013: Recent Progress, Current Challenges and Future Directions


University of Leicester (UK), May 1-3, 2013


Organisers: Andrew Morozov (University of Leicester, UK)
Mark Broom (City University London, UK)


Sponsored by the London Mathematical Society and the University of Leicester


Mathematical modelling has been widely recognised as a powerful and convenient theoretical tool for investigating various aspects of biological evolution and explaining the existing genetic complexity of the real world. The number of publications on the modelling of biological evolution is constantly accelerating and considering different mathematical frameworks which provide new hypotheses to explain the observed patterns of biodiversity, natural selection and co-evolution of interacting species. The aim of the current meeting is to bring together a number of leading researchers working in evolutionary modelling in order to clarify the state-of-the-art in this field; to refine the existing challenges and problems; to highlight important recent findings and to outline possible future directions.



Advisory Scientific Committee (in alphabetic order):


Samuel Alizon (Montpellier, France)

Alexander Gorban (Leicester, UK)

Geza Meszena (Budapest, Hungary)

Kalle Parvinen (Turku, Finland)
Maurice Sabelis (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Franjo Weissing (Groningen, the Netherlands)

                Honorary Lecture


Hans Metz (Leiden University, the Netherlands)


Invited Keynote Speakers (in alphabetic order):


Mike Boots (University of Exeter, UK)

Mark Broom (City University London, UK)

Larissa Conradt (Max-Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany)

Alexander Gorban (University of Leicester, UK)

Eva Kisdi (University of Helsinki, Finland)

John McNamara (University of Bristol, UK)

Minus van Baalen (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France)
Andy White (Heriot-Watt University, UK)


Local organizing committee


Matthew Adamson (University of Leicester, UK)

Masha Jankovic      (University of Leicester, UK)


The scope of the conference is outlined by (but not necessarily limited to) the following topics:


·       Evolutionary Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

·       Models of Somatic Evolution of Cancer

·       Evolutionary Population Ecology

·         Models in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology

·       Solving Social Dilemmas

·       Models of Evolution of Language

·       Population and Quantitative Genetics


             Conference Program


Contributed talks (20 min each) are expected to be related to those subject areas. However, we will be willing to consider submissions in different areas which nevertheless fit the theme of the conference.


Apart from individual talks, we also welcome proposals for minisymposia. A minisymposium is typically of about two hours in duration and will normally include either 4 talks of 25 minutes or 3 talks of 35 minutes each (plus an additional 5 minutes for questions). The minisymposium proposal should include a brief description of its goals and a list of suggested speakers. It is the responsibility of the minisymposium organisers to contact the suggested speakers and to discuss with them the conditions of their participation and details of their talks.


In order to encourage a wide participation of PhD students as well as early career researchers, there will be a poster session organised during the conference. We have some financial support for PhD students based in the UK (provided by the London Mathematical Society).


To register, please send a message to (Andrew Morozov) with a title and a brief abstract of your presentation (one page at most, in a camera-ready format, either pdf or Word), clearly indicating whether it is intended to be a talk or a poster. Also, in case there is more than one author, please indicate very clearly who is actually going to present the work.


Download the registration form here


There will be a small registration fee of 80 GBP to be paid by cash upon arrival at the registration.  For all PhD students (both UK-based and international) the conference fees will be waived!


NEW! The map of the conference cites is given here.  The directions to the registration cite (which is the Charles Wilson Building) are shown here.


                   Important Dates



Minisymposia proposal submission closes:                     February 1st, 2013

Notification of acceptance:                                               February 15th, 2013


Registration and abstract submission closes:                   March 1st,   2013 (extended to March 12th)

Notification of acceptance:                                               March 15th, 2013 (extended to March 25th)



Announcement of the final programme and timetable:    April 15th, 2013




Accommodation information: please find a list of suitable hotels here.


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About the city


Leicester is the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom and the largest city in the East Midlands with a population of 330,000. Leicester is one of the oldest cities of England with more than 1000 years of history. The name "Leicester" comes from the words castra of the "Ligore", the Latin for “camp of the dwellers on the river Legro”. Indeed, ancient Roman baths and pavements still remain in Leicester from these times. Leicester is a very lively, multi-cultural city with a tremendous choice of pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres as well as excellent opportunities for shopping. Additionally, Leicester is home to the UK’s National Space Centre, and the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery: host to the finest collection of German Expressionist art in the country.


Leicester is located in the heart of England with excellent connections by road, air and rail. Being situated just off the M1 motorway, Leicester is less than one hour of travel by coach from East Midlands Airport, about 1.5 hours by train from London Luton Airport and Birmingham International Airport and within 2.5 hours by train from Heathrow Airport and London Stansted Airport.

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