Department of Mathematics

Workshop on Modelling Complex Biological Systems 2008

Date: April 17th and 18th, 2008

A fundamental problem across all levels of biological organisation is how we build models of systems which consist of large numbers of interacting parts. One successful mathematical approach has been that of 'complex systems', where it has been shown that simple models of interactions can produce complex collective patterns: for example, chaotic population dynamics, spiral waves and other spontaneous pattern formations, fractals and complex networks. However, this approach fails to address the fact that many biological systems are just plain complicated, consisting of many different parts that change behaviour through time. Here it seems that the only way to understand these systems is through some form of detailed multi-scale modelling that accounts for their detailed structure.

This workshop will bring together researchers employing a range of modelling techniques to understanding biological systems. Two study systems will feature in particular: interactions of biological cells and organisation of insect societies. A particular focus will be on the interface between the complex and the complicated and new techniques for reducing apparent complexity.



The talks are open to anyone. Lunch and coffee are free to all participants, but limited to 40 places. If you would like to join us for lunch on the days of the meeting, please register in advance by emailing Sanja Babic.

Workshop dinner will be at Lingon. Non-speaking participants are welcome at a supsidised cost of 200 SEK ( + 125 SEK for wine). Partners and guests of all participants are also welcome, but must pay the full cost of 425 SEK ( + 125 SEK for wine). Please email Sanja if you would like to come, stating any dietry requirements.


This meeting is supported by the Centres for Dynamical Processes and Interdisciplinary Mathematics at Uppsala University.