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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

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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
Otto X. Cordero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA
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
T. Parson, Laboratoire de Probabilites et Modeles Aleatoires, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
M. Doebeli, Department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada
J. Gore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA

Call for Abstracts

We will have also a session of contributed talks and Poster/Ignite Talks sessions

Abstracts Submission

We invite you to submit a max. one-page abstract including one (not mandatory) descriptive figure and caption no later than March 2th, 2018, via our EasyChair submission link
Submissions are required to include the following information:
- Title of the contribution
- Author(s) and affiliation(s)
- e-mail address(es)
- Name of the speaker.
Please, indicate your preference for one or more of the following categories to present your research:
Regular Talk
Poster/ Ignite Talk
Submissions will be evaluated and selected by the Program Committee members. They will be graded accordingly to the following criteria:
- Interest of the proposal respect to the topic of the workshop.
- Novelty of the research.
- Priority will be given to junior researcher (Ph.D. students and post-docs).
Once the selection process is complete, the authors of the accepted abstracts will be notified by e-mail by March 9th


The workshop will present a wide-range of biological and ecological studies using creative approaches grounded in mathematics and statistical physics.
The detailed programme will be available soon 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
Early Registration Deadline: March 16th, 2018


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


Registrations to the workshop can be done here
The cost to attend the workshop is 90 Euro. Coffee breaks, workshop material and wireless will be provided.
Registration Deadline is March 16th, 2018. registration open up to a MAXIMUM number of 40 participants due to space constraints.

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, please put us in cc (, so we can keep track of the reservations. We have reserved some rooms for the workshop, so specify that you will attend it.


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.
AMOS MARTIAN, University of Padova, Physics and Astronomy Department.
PAOLO DAI PRA, University of Padova, Mathematics Department.


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