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Stochastic Models in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Venezia, 5-7 April 2018

Living systems are characterized by the emergence of recurrent dynamical patterns at all scales of magnitude. Self-organized behaviors are observed both in large communities of microscopic components - like neural oscillations and gene network activity - as well as on larger levels - as predator-prey equilibria to name a few. Such regularities are deemed to be universal in the sense they are due to common mechanisms, independent of the details of the system. This belief justifies investigation through quantitative models able to grasp key features while disregarding inessential complications. The attempt of modeling such complex systems leads naturally to consider large families of microscopic identical units. Complexity and self-organization then arise on a macroscopic scale from the dynamics of these minimal components that evolve coupled by interaction terms. Within this scenario, probability theory and statistical mechanics come into play very soon. Aim of the workshop is to bring together scientists with different background - biology, physics and mathematics - interested in stochastic models in ecology and evolutionary biology, to discuss issues and exchange ideas. A partial list of topics includes: stochastic population dynamics, branching processes, interacting particle systems and statistical mechanics models in ecology, robustness and adaptability of ecosystems, resilience and criticality of ecological systems, models and prediction of biodiversity, molecular evolution, and neuroscience.
The style of the workshop will be rather informal. The idea is to have the opportunity to freely share ideas and discuss. Talks will be organised in different thematic sessions, and we will have both colloquia and more technical presentations.


Dipartimento di Fisica & Astronomia G. Galilei              Dipartimento di Matematica Tulio Levi Civita              Universita' degli Studi di Padova              Entropy Journal         Istituto Veneto         Cultural Association Tau of Knowledge         2018 Year of the Mathematical Biology

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List of invited Speakers (confirmed)

J.-F. Arnoldi, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling, Station d' Ecologie Theorique et Experimentale du CNRS, Moulis, France
J. Dalmau, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, FR
E. Baake, Biomathematics and Bioinformatics Group, University of Bielefeld, Germany
A. Lambert, Department of Mathematics, UPMC, Paris, France
M. Loreau, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling, Station d' Ecologie Theorique et Experimentale du CNRS, Moulis, France
Itzhak Mizrahi, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (TBC)
J. Friedman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
A. Sanchez, Yale University, New Haven, USA
P.Metha, Department of Physics, Boston University USA
B. Trubenova' ,Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Klosterneuburg, Austria

Abstract Booklet

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Where to eat, social dinner, free time

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Sharing presentations

We would like to encourage open sharing of the presentations, so to favor discussion and exchange of ideas. To do that, you can place your presentation (NAME-SURNAME-SMEEB2018.pdf) at any moment here. At the same link you can vision or download the presentations of the other participants.


The workshop will present a wide-range of biological and ecological studies using creative approaches grounded in mathematics and statistical physics.
The detailed programme can be downloaded here
The workshop will start on the morning of Thursday, 5 April, 2018 and will end on late morning of Saturday 7 April, 2018

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: March 2th, 2018
Notification to authors: March 9th, 2018
Registration: CLOSED. We have reach the maximum number of participants!


The conference will be hosted by Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, in Venice, Italy.

Accademia delle Scienze

The Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti stemmed as a branch from the Reale Istituto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, established by Napoleon in 1810. The current name was given in 1838 by Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, when Venetia was under Austrian Government. In 1866, after annexation of Venetia to Kingdom of Italy, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti was recognized as one of the most prestigious Italian Academies. Since 1838, the activity of Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti run uninterruptedly till nowadays.

How to reach the Istituto


The cost to attend the workshop is 90 Euro. Coffee breaks, workshop material and wireless will be provided.
Registration: Temporarily CLOSED. We have reach the maximum number of participants. To join a waiting list email to "liph dot unipd at gmail dot com", email object SMEEB2018 waiting list, and add all the info needed for the registration (see registration section).

Registration Fee Waiver

Entropy Journal kindly supports TWO registration fee waiver for Ph.D. students or young post-docs (<2 years from their Ph.D.).
To apply for the fee waiver, send your abstract through the Easy Chair link in the Abstract submission section, and send an email with your CV to "liph dot unipd at gmail dot com".
In the email object write "SMEEB2018 Venice fee waiver application". DEADLINE for application is FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2018
The two free waiver will be given on meritocratic criteria based on the Abstract relevance to the conference and CV of the candidate. Proposal will be evaluated by a commission composed by two organisers and two external members.

Entropy Journal


We strongly suggest to reserve your accommodation at Don Orione or to Domus Ciliate guest house, both very close to the conference site. To book a room write directly to or to


This workshop is organised in collaboration between the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and of Mathematics of the University of Padova
SAMIR SUWEIS, University of Padova, Physics and Astronomy Department.
MARCO FORMENTIN, University of Padova, Mathematics Department.
FRANCESCA COLLET, Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Delft University of Technology.
AMOS MARTIAN, University of Padova, Physics and Astronomy Department.
PAOLO DAI PRA, University of Padova, Mathematics Department.
ANDREA RINALDO, Vice President of the Istituto Veneto, EPFL, University of Padova

Evaluation for the Free Waivers for young Scholars offered by Entropy

The evaluating commission was composed by Samir Suweis, Marco Formentin and two external members :
Manlio De Domenico, Head of Complex Multilayer Networks Lab FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Center for Information Technology
Wioletta Ruszel, Technical University Delft, Applied Probability.
We thank them for their support.

Winners will be notified by email.


For any further inquiry please write to "liph dot unipd at gmail dot com" or contact one of the organizers.