An International Workshop


2nd Leicester Colloquium on Models of Population Dynamics and Evolution (MPDE-08)

University of Leicester (UK), March 12, 2008


Objectives: Mechanisms and scenarios of pattern formation are at the focus of ecology and evolution, mathematical modelling being widely recognised as a powerful and convenient theoretical tool to address these issues. The aim of this workshop is to bring together a few leading researchers in order to clarify state-of-the-art of these fields, to refine existing problems, to highlight promising recent findings and to outline possible future directions. Apart form the traditional applications of population dynamics to ecology, it is also expected that the workshop will have a special emphasis on epidemiology and disease dynamics.


Organisers: Sergei Petrovskii (Leicester), Alexander Gorban (Leicester)


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Nick Britton (Bath, UK)

Michel Langlais (Bordeaux, France)

Horst Malchow (Osnabrueck, Germany)

Jonathan Sherratt (Heriot-Watt, UK)

Igor Sokolov (Berlin, Germany)


Other Invited Speakers:  Martin Bees (Glasgow), Konstantin Blyuss (Keele), Nikolai Brilliantov (Leicester), Andrew Morozov (Leicester).  



Workshop site: Michael Atyah Building, room 119 (see the campus map here)



Workshop Programme


9:00 – 9:25 Registration, tea & coffee


9:25 – 9:30 Welcome


9:30 – 10:15 Opening Lecture. Nick Britton. Evolution in a host-parasite system.

10:15 – 11:00 Michel Langlais. Stabilization in a predator-prey system posed on non coincident spatial domains.


       11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break


11:15 – 12:00 Jonathan Sherratt. Spatiotemporal patterning in cyclic populations.

12:00 – 12:45 Horst Malchow. Competition of predation and infection in prey-predator systems with infected prey.


       12:45 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 14:45 Igor Sokolov. An SIR contact infection spread: From network to a continuum description and back.

14:45 – 15:15 Martin Bees. Plankton blooms induced by inertial segregation in complex flows.

15:15 – 15:45 Konstantin Blyuss. Stability and bifurcations in a model of antigenic variation in malaria.


       15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break


16:15 – 16:45 Nikolai Brilliantov. Dynamics of prion related diseases.

16:45 – 17:15 Andrew Morozov. Spatiotemporal patterns in reaction-diffusion models of biological control.

17:15 – 17:45 Alexander Gorban. Models of adaptation and measurement of physiological fitness.

17:45 – 18:15 Sergei Petrovskii. Population dispersal: Fat tails revisited.






List of hotels


Travel directions






Dr. Sergei Petrovskii

Michael Attyah Building, room 208

Department of Mathematics

University of Leicester

Tel.: +44 (0) 116 252 3916

Fax: +44 (0) 116 252 3915