Abridged timetable


Tuesday April 30th



Early registration


Wednesday May 1st






Welcome talk


Plenary talk 1 (Mark Broom)


Plenary talk 2 (Minus van Baalen)


Coffee break


Contributed talks  (session1)


Lunch break


Contributed talks  (session 2)


Coffee break


Minisymposium: ‘Modelling nongenetic inheritance I' ;

Minisymposium: ‘Modelling social learning and cultural evolution’


Poster session and reception


Thursday May 2nd




Plenary talk 3  (Mike Boots)


Plenary talk 4 (Andy White)


Coffee break


Minisymposium ‘Evolution in host-parasite interactions and immunity’


Lunch break


Plenary talk 5  (Eva Kisdi)


Minisymposium: ‘Modeling nongenetic inheritance II'  ;

Minisymposium: ‘Modelling cancer evolution’


Contributed talks (session 3A)

Contributed talks (Session 3B)


Coffee break


Honorary Lecture (Hans Metz)


Friday May 3rd




Plenary talk 6  (Alexander Gorban)


Contributed talks (Session 4A)

Contributed talks (Session 4B)


Coffee break


Plenary talk 7  (John McNamara)


Plenary talk 8 (Larissa Conradt)


Lunch break


Contributed talks  (Session 5A)

Contributed talks (Session 5B)


Closing address and the end of the conference



MBE’13: Detailed Program


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



Tuesday April 30th


Venue:     Charles Wilson, ground floor

18.30-20.00 Registration


Wednesday May 1st


Venue:     CW2 BPL (Charles Wilson)

8.15-8.55 Registration



8.55-10.45 Introduction and plenary talks 1, 2


Venue:     CW2 BPL (Charles Wilson)

8.55-9.05 Introduction and welcome address


9.05-9.55  Plenary talk 1. Mark Broom (City University London, UK): Evolution in structured populations: modelling the interactions of individuals and groups.


9.55-10.45 Plenary talk 2. Minus van Baalen (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France): Biological information: Why we need a good measure?




10.45-11.20         Coffee break:  CW2 BPL (Charles Wilson)


11.20-13.00 Contributed talks (session 1)


Venue:     CW2 BPL (Charles Wilson)

Chair:   Mark Broom


11.20-11.40 Nadav Shnerb (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) A new model for macroevolutionary dynamics.


11.40-12.00 David Kessler (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) Neutral Selection.     


12.00-12.20 Andrew Pomiankowski (University College London, UK) Why are there two sexes?  


12.20-12.40 Chris Cannings (University of Sheffield, UK) Parker’s Model Under Repeated Invasion.  


12.40-13.00 Andrew Morozov (University of Leicester, UK) Revisiting the role of individual variability in population persistence and stability.




13.00-14.20 Lunch break (University Campus)




14.20-16.00 Contributed talks (session 2)


Venue:     CW2 BPL (Charles Wilson)

Chair:   Andrew Morozov


14.20-14.40 Jan Rychtář (North Carolina Greensboro, USA). Producer-scrounger games and the effect of fighting cost.


 14.40-15.00 Kateřina Staňková (Maastricht University, The Netherlands) When joining or opting out predator-prey games depends on energy lost and gained: system-specific solutions from a general model for mites on apple trees and a general solution from a simplified version


15.00-15.20 Géza Meszéna (Eötvös University, Hungary) Towards a first-principles theory for evolutionary diversification.


15.20-15.40 Claus Rueffler (University of Vienna, Austria) Does organismal complexity favour the evolution of diversity?


15.40-16.00 Zoltan Barta (University of Debrecen, Hungary) Ecology of cooperation and the cost of memory.




16.00-16.30 Coffee break: ATT001/ATT208 (Attenborough)




16.30-17.50 Minisymposium: ‘Modelling nongenetic inheritance, part I'


Venue:     ATT208 (Attenborough)

Chair:   Bram Kuijper


16.30-16.50 Mathias Kölliker (University of Basel, Switzerland) Parental effects, offspring effects and parent-offspring coadaptation

16.50-17.10 Rebecca Hoyle (University of Surrey, UK) Maternal effects and environmental change: a quantitative genetics approach

17.10-17.30 Rufus A. Johnstone (Cambridge, UK) Intergenerational conflict, bet-hedging and the evolution of non-genetic effects.

17.30-17.50 Ido Pen (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) Adaptive evolution of epigenetic inheritance in heterogeneous environments



16.30-17.50 Minisymposium: ‘Modelling social learning and cultural evolution’


Venue:     ATT001 (Attenborough)

Chair:   TBA


16.30-16.50 Anne Kandler (City University, London) Inference of learning strategies from frequency data

16.50-17.10 Nadav Shnerb (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) Word frequency and language evolution: from baby names to texts.


17.10-17.30 Michal Arbilly (University of St Andrews, UK). Evolution of social learning mechanisms: in search of the adaptive value of local enhancement

17.30-17.50 Nakamura Mitsuhiro (SOKENDAI, Japan) Sharing information within groups yields in group favoritism in indirect reciprocity




18.00-19.45 Poster session and reception: CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson




Time for rest and relaxation



Thursday May 2nd


9.00-10.40 Plenary talks 3,4


Venue:     CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson


9.00-9.50 Plenary talk 3. Mike Boots (University of Exeter, UK) The evolution of costly defense to infectious disease.


10.00-10.40 Plenary talk 4. Andrew White (Heriot-Watt University, UK): The evolution of host-parasite range.



10.40-11.10        Coffee break: CW201


11.10-13.10 Minisymposium: ‘Evolution in host-parasite interactions and immunity’


Venue:     CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson

Chair:   Géza Meszéna


11.10-11.30 Eamonn Mallon (University of Leicester, UK) A specific immune response in an insect.


11.30-11.50 Alex Best (University of Sheffield, UK) Immune priming in invertebrate hosts: epidemiology and evolution.


11.50-12.10 Samuel Alizon (CNRS, Montpellier, France) Modelling multiple infections in evolutionary epidemiology: the case of co-transmission.


12.10-12.30 Sebastien Lion (CNRS, Montpellier, France) Demographic and genetic structuring in spatial evolutionary epidemiology.


12.30-12.50. Kalle Parvinen (University of Turku, Finland) Metapopulation dynamics and the evolution of sperm parasitism.


12.50-13.10 Andy Hoyle (University of Stirling, UK) Predicting the evolution of resistance in Atlantic Salmon in response to a macro-parasite invasion.





13.10-14.30 Lunch break (University Campus)






14.30-15.20 Plenary talk 5


Venue:     CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson


14.30-15.20 Plenary talk 5 Eva Kisdi (University of Helsinki, Finland). Critical function analysis of eco-evolutionary models: order your favourite prediction?



15.30-16.30 Minisymposium: ‘Modelling nongenetic inheritance, part II'


Venue:     CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson

Chair:   Bram Kuijper


15.30-15.50 Jason B. Wolf (University of Bath, UK) Population genetics of transgenerational (parental) effects


15.50-16.10 Stuart B. Townley (University of Exeter, UK) The evolution of cross-trait maternal effects in a changing environment

16.10-16.30 Laurent Lehmann (University Lausanne, Switzerland) On optimal learning schedules and the marginal value of cumulative cultural evolution.

15.30-16.30 Minisymposium: ‘Modelling cancer evolution’


Venue:     ATT001 (Attenborough)

Chair:   Anne Seppänen


15.30-15.50 Alan Terry (University of Dundee, UK) A spatio-temporal model of p53 regulation by Mdm2, PTEN, and PI3K

15.50-16.10 Irina Kareva  (Center of Cancer Systems Biology, Tufts University, USA) Competition driven cancer immunoediting.


16.10-16.30 Jessica McGillen (University of Oxford, UK). Acidity in the tumour-host microenvironment


16.35-17.35 Contributed talks (session 3A)


Venue:     CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson

Chair:   Ivan Tyukin


16.35-16.55 Renata Retkute (University of Nottingham, UK) Mathematical model for evolution of DNA replication


16.55-17.15 Diana Garcia Lopez (University of Manchester, UK) Why (some) policing is good: the evolution of collective group size regulation in plasmids.


17.15-17.35 Dov Stekel (University of Nottingham, UK) Adaptation for protein synthesis efficiency in natural and artificial gene regulatory networks



16.35-17.35 Contributed talks (session 3B)


Venue:     ATT001 (Attenborough)

Chair:   Andrew Morozov


16.35-16.55 Hywel Williams (University of Exeter, UK) Diversity, evolvability, and the 'adjacent possible' in host-parasite coevolution.


16.55-17.15 Tim Rogers (University of Bath, UK) Demographic noise leads to the spontaneous formation of species.


17.15-17.35 Benjamin Werner (Max-Planck Institute, Germany) Emergence of stable polymorphisms driven by random mutations.



17.35-18.05 Coffee break: CW201




18.05-19.00 Honorary Lecture


Venue:     ATT LT1 (Attenborough Tower Basement)


18.05-19.00 Hans Metz (Leiden University, the Netherlands). The interplay of infectivity that decreases with virulence and limited cross-immunity: (toy) models for respiratory disease evolution.



Time for rest and relaxation


Friday May 3rd



9.00-9.50 Plenary talk 6


Venue:     CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson


9.00-9.50  Plenary talk 6. Alexander Gorban (University of Leicester, UK) Selection versus Ergodicity: competition of two great dynamic phenomena in kinetics of natural systems



10.00-11.00 Contributed talks (session 4A)


Venue:    CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson

Chair:   Samuel Alizon


10.00-10.20 Viggo Andreasen (Roskilde University, Denmark) The final size of two competing epidemics.


10.20-10.40 Ruairi Donnelly (Heriot-Watt University, UK) Parasite evolution when stressed hosts suffer increased virulence.


10.40-11.00 Anne Nguyen (University Lyon 1, France) Influence of vector spatial dispersal on virulence evolution and prevalence of pathogen in stochastic environment, example of Chagas disease.


10.00-11.00 Contributed talks (session 4B)


Venue:     CW2 BCA, Charles Wilson

Chair:   Kalle Parvinen


10.00-10.20 Steve Phelps (University Essex, UK) Direct and indirect reciprocity in dynamic social networks: a data-mining approach.


10.20-10.40 Daniel van der Post (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) Integrating the evolution of local decision-making, behavioral patterns and ecology: anti-predator vigilance in group foragers.

10.40-11.00 Alexander Bratus (Moscow State University, Russia) Spatial evolutionary dynamics via distributed replicator equations.



11.00-11.30 Coffee break: CW201, (City Lounge), Charles Wilson




11.30-13.10 Plenary talks 7, 8


Venue: CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson


Plenary talk 7.  John McNamara (University of Bristol, UK) Optimism in environments that vary in space and time


Plenary talk 8. Larissa Conradt (Max-Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany). Evolution of collective decision making: When uncertainty meets conflict.




13.10-14.30 Lunch break (University Campus)




14.30-16.50 Contributed talks (session 5A)


Venue:     KE527, Ken Edwards

Chair:   Mark Broom


14.30-14.50 Tim Fawcett (University of Bristol, UK) Information use and the evolution of play-fighting


14.50-15.10 Gokhale Chaitanya (Max Planck Institute, Germany) Re-visiting the Red King: Mutualism and evolutionary multiplayer games.


15.10-15.30 Patrick Doncaster (University of Southampton, UK) Parasitism in social dilemmas and the evolution of strong altruism


15.30-15.50 Christopher Quickfall (University of Sheffield, UK) Can Altruism Evolve Between Species?


15.50-16.10 Anne Seppänen (University of Turku, Finland) Multicellularity from quorum-sensing cooperation


16.10-16.30 Mathias Gauduchon (Aix-Marseille University, France) Co-evolution of mutualism and discrimination in a spatially explicit environment.


16.30-16.50 Jan Teichmann (City University London, UK) The evolutionarily dynamics of aposematism: a numerical analysis of co-evolution in finite populations.



14.30-16.50 Contributed talks (session 5B)


Venue:     KE528, Ken Edwards

Chair:   TBA


14.30-14.50 Hiroshi Toyoizumi (Waseda University, Japan) Reduction of foraging work for better productivity.

14.50-15.10 Paulo Tilles (Univ. of SĂO PAULO, BRAZIL) N-site approximations for the study of temporal and stationary behavior of opinion dynamics models.


15.10-15.30 Meike Wittmann (University of Munich, Germany) Consequences of the Allee effect for patterns of genetic diversity


15.30-15.50 Guy Jacobs (University of Southampton, UK) Finite populations and long-distance dispersal: the impact of stochasticity on population diffusion and the accelerating wave of advance.


15.50-16.10 Bin Wu (Max-Planck Institute, Germany) The vaccination dilemma with imperfect effectiveness.


16.10-16.30 Lim Aaron (University of Oxford, UK) Unravelling the Host-Virus Interaction in HTLV-I Infection.


16.30-16.50 Michael Pocklington (Leicester, UK) A general framework for adaptive niche-filling networks.





17.00-17.10 Closing address and end of conference:  CW201 (City Lounge), Charles Wilson






The special reception and poster session will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 1st  .

(18.00-19.45, Venue: CW201 City Lounge)


Matthew Adamson (University of Leicester, UK). Structural sensitivity in biological models revisited.


Ben Ashby (University of Oxford, UK) Host-parasite coevolution: local interactions can limit the severity of fitness costs associated with range expansion.


Stephen Baigent (Univesity collge London, UK) Geometry in Population Models.


Stephen Beckett (University of Exeter, UK) Nestedness and Modularity in model Bacteria-Phage Infection Networks.


Robert Clegg (University of Birmingham, UK) Revisiting the evolution of aging: repair is the optimal unicellular strategy.


Gereon Kaiping (University of Southampton, UK) Emergence of Delegated Punishment in Public Goods Games.


Bram Kuijper (University of Exeter, UK) Sex-biased dispersal and the evolution of parental effects.


Robert Noble (University of Oxford, UK) Evolution of the Plasmodium falciparum antigenic repertoire.


Tuomas Nurmi (University of Turku, Finland) Evolution of specialization under non-equilibrium population dynamics.


Juan Ramirez (University of Sheffield, UK) Evolution Through Bayesian Inference in a Two-Outcome Random Experiment.


Farania Rangkuti (University of Oxford, UK) Computational Modeling of Founder Effect in Mauritian Long-Tailed Macaques



Susanne Shultz  (University of Manchester) Modelling the evolution of primate sociality using phylogenetic inference.


Jan Teichmann (City University London, UK) The application on temporal-difference learning in optimal diet models.


Lucas Vieira Rodrigues-Peres (Universidade de Săo Paulo, Brazil) Phase transition in a model of social interaction.


Bernhard Voelkl (University of Oxford, UK) Generalized reciprocity in structured populations.


Xunxun Wu (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) Stabilized Second-Order Convex Splitting Schemes for Cahn–Hilliard Models with Application to Diffuse-Interface Tumor-Growth Models


Hitoshi Yamamoto (Rissho University, Japan) An analysis of generalized metanorms game: cooperation accelerated by defection and decelerated by reward