Description of the workshop

villadelgrumelloThis is the second of a series of two events. We enjoyed the 2013 event so much that we have doubled it: the 2016 workshop will be made of two back-to-back thematic weeks of five days each on different but connected topics. They will take place from Monday to Friday on two consecutive weeks from June 13 to June 24 2016, with a common plenary talk on the connecting Saturday June 18. Download our poster

The two thematic weeks are entitled From Physiology to Ecology and  From Interaction Structures to Collective BehaviorTheir common underlying themes are:

– interdisciplinary application of statistical physics
– a focus on physiology and ecology, with plenty of cross-feeding from other disciplines
– plenty of space for your contributed talks
– the gorgeous Como lake

The workshop/school will primarily target PhD students and postdocs with a statistical physics or mathematics background, but it is open to anyone with background in ecology, (evolutionary) biology, bioinformatics, (evolutionary) genomics, interested in quantitative work.

We aim to bring together scientists from different fields, and whose research contributed to the understanding of relevant empirical data.

The lectures / talks will promote sharing of both general knowledge and cutting-edge research – with mini-courses and thematic seminar sessions – and will create a stimulating environment, facilitating discussions and the creation of new collaborations.

The courses will include the following topics:
(Week1) Quantitative physiology and metabolism
(Week1) Single-cell biology
(Week1) Microbial systems biology
(Week1) Synthetic Ecology
(Week1) Microbe / virus ecology
(Week2) Biological Networks
(Week2) Emergent behavior in biological systems
(Week2) Theoretical ecology
(Week2) Quantitative laws in artificial systems
(Week2) Random graphs
Additionally, attendees will acquire general skills of
– Physical modeling in biological systems
– Statistical mechanics of complex systems

Event supported by Fondazione Cariplo


National Science Foundation
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Groupement de recherche international “GDRI Evolution, Regulation and Signaling”, CNRS, France
Société Française de Biophysique