International conference and LMS workshop


Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology 2010:

Animal Movement, Dispersal and Spatial Ecology


University of Leicester (UK), September 1-3, 2010


Organiser: Sergei Petrovskii (Leicester)


Sponsored by the London Mathematical Society and the University of Leicester


The meeting will focus on the spatial aspect of population dynamics and ecosystem functioning and is expected to explore the corresponding processes and mechanisms from the micro-scale of individual movement to the macro-scale of population dispersals, with applications to metapopulations, regional dynamics and geographical invasions. It is also expected to explore similarities between the modelling techniques traditionally applied in ecology and those used in other life sciences such as cell dynamics and tumour growth with the purpose to enhance interdisciplinary approaches and to stimulate further advances in mathematical ecology and population dynamics.



NEW: Conference program  is now available




Advisory Scientific Committee (in alphabetic order):


Alexander Gorban (Leicester, UK)

Mark Lewis (Alberta, Canada)

Philip Maini (Oxford, UK)

Jonathan Sherratt (Edinburgh, UK)

Vitaly Volpert (Lyon, France)


Honorary Lecture:


Karl Hadeler (ASU Tempe/University of Tuebingen)


Plenary Speakers:


          Nick Britton (Bath, UK)

Helen Byrne (Nottingham, UK)

Alan Hastings (Davis, USA)

Richard Law (York, UK)

Horst Malchow (Osnabrueck, Germany)

Nanako Shigesada (Kyoto, Japan)

Igor Sokolov (HU Berlin, Germany)



The scope of the conference is outlined by (although not necessarily restricted to) the following topics:


* individual animal movement

* biological invasions and spread of epidemics

* ecological pattern formation

* mathematical models of collective dynamics


The talks are expected to be mostly grouped around these subject areas. However, we will be ready and willing to consider any submission of a potentially high scientific merit which does not exactly fall into the list above.


Apart from individual talks, we also welcome proposals for minisymposia. A minisymposium is going to be two hours in duration and will normally include either 4 talks by 30 minutes or 3 talks by 40 minutes each. The minisymposium proposal should include a brief description of its goals and a list of suggested speakers. It is responsibility of the minisymposium organisers to contact the suggested speakers and to discuss with them conditions of their participation and details of their talks. Also, please note that we currently only have funds to support the plenary speakers, but not the minisymposium organisers and/or minisymposium participants.


In order to encourage a wide participation of PhD students as well as early career researchers, there will be a poster session organised during the conference.


To register, please send a message to (Sergei Petrovskii) with a title and a brief abstract of your presentation (one page at most, in a camera-ready format, either pdf or Word), clearly indicating whether it is intended to be a talk or a poster. Also, in case there is more than one author, please indicate it very clearly who is actually going to present the work.


Download the registration form here.


There will be a small registration fee of 50 GBP to be paid either by a credit card (recommended; please find the payment form here) or by cash upon arrival.


In case you are paying by a credit card, please send the payment form with your details to Dr. Sergei Petrovskii, Department of Mathematics, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, England (NOT to the address shown on the form) or by fax to +44 (0)116 252 3915.



Important Deadlines


Minisymposia proposal submission: March 15, 2010

Notification of acceptance: April 15

        Proposal submission call is now closed


Registration and abstract submission: June 1

Notification of acceptance: June 15



Accommodation information: please find a list of suitable hotels here.



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Leicester is one of the oldest English cities with over a thousand years of history. Modern Leicester is a lively, multi-cultural city. Its population is nearly 300,000 making it the tenth largest city in England. Leicester has a huge choice of pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres as well as excellent shopping - from one of Europe's oldest markets to new shopping malls.


Leicester is the home to the National Space Centre. It also boasts to possess one of the largest pieces of Roman architecture in Britain (at the Jewry Wall Museum), and the largest collection of German Expressionist art in the country.


Leicester is in the heart of England with excellent communications by road, air and rail. In particular, Leicester is less than one hour of travel by coach from East Midlands, about 1.5 hours by train from London Luton and Birmingham International, and within 2.5 hours by train from Heathrow and London Stansted.


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