International conference


Modelling Biological Evolution 2017: Developing Novel Approaches


Combined with the London Mathematical Society workshop


Novel mathematical approaches for modelling evolution in complex living systems


University of Leicester (UK), April 4th -7th, 2017

Venue with maps


Main Organiser Andrew Morozov (University of Leicester, UK)


Sponsored by the University of Leicester and LMS

Mathematical modelling is a powerful, efficient and ethically justifiable tool for exploring various aspects of biological evolution and adaptation in biosystems ranging from biomolecules to human societies. Currently, new mathematical and computational approaches are being rapidly developed to allow us to cope with the existing and newly emerging challenges. The aim of this meeting is to bring together a number of leading researchers who are constructing and/or implementing novel mathematical and computational approaches in modelling biological evolution based on game theory (including adaptive dynamics), optimisation, system complexity reduction, reinforcement learning, networks modelling, data mining, agent-based simulation and their combinations. Intensive debates are planned to discuss the universality of newly developed approaches to tackle various aspects of biological evolution, which might go well beyond the initial area of implementation of the suggested methods. This meeting will be as well an open forum for interaction between theoreticians and empirical biologists with the main goal to enhance interdisciplinary approaches and stimulate further advances in developing new mathematics to improve our undemanding of biological evolution and adaptation.


Honorary Lecture


Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna, Austria)


Invited Keynote Speakers (in alphabetic order):


Troy Day (Queen's University, Canada) – confirmed (recently withdrew) 


Alexander Gorban (University of Leicester, UK) - confirmed


Robert Holt (University of Florida, USA) - confirmed


Eva Kisdi (University of Helsinki, Finland) - confirmed


Hanna Kokko (University of Zurich, Switzerland) - confirmed


Philip Maini (University of Oxford, UK) - confirmed


Sylvie Meleard (Ecole Polytechnique, France) - confirmed


John McNamara (University of Bristol, UK) - confirmed


Hans Metz (Leiden University, the Netherlands) - confirmed


Kalle Parvinen (University of Turku, Finland) - confirmed


Advisory Scientific Committee (in alphabetic order):


Mark Broom (City University London, UK)


Sergey Gavrilets (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)


Alexander Gorban (University of Leicester, UK)


Yoh Iwasa (Kyushu University, Japan)


Olof Leimar (Stockholm University, Sweden)


Sebastien Lion (CEFE, Montpellier, France)


Geza Meszena (Eotvos University , Budapest, Hungary)


Minus van Baalen (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)


Local organizing committee

Oksana Gonchar, Halil I. Egilmez,
Simran Sandhu, Anna Zincenko



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


ü Evolutionary Game Theory

ü Evolutionary Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

ü Virulence Management

ü Evolution of Macromolecules

ü  Models of Somatic Evolution of Cancer

ü  Population and Quantitative Genetics

ü Evolutionary Population Ecology

ü Biodiversity and Origin of Species

ü  Models in Behavioural Ecology

ü Novel methods in Bioinformatics and their applications

ü  Solving Social Dilemmas

ü  Models of Evolution of Culture and Human Behaviour

ü  Human Origins

ü  Experimental Evolution


Conference Program


Book of abstracts


Contributed talks (20 min each) are expected to be related to those 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 above list.


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. LMS provides some financial support for PhD students based on UK.


THEMED ISSUE: A themed issue of Bulletin of Mathematical Biology on modelling biological evolution will be published. A contribution article to this issue can be either directly related to the conference presentation/poster or can be based on some other interesting work in the given field.


To register, please send a message to (Andrew Morozov) 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 very clearly who is actually going to present the work. If you are willing to contribute to the Themed Issue related to this conference, please, mention this clearly in the registration form indicating the provisional title of your contribution and providing a short description (2-3 sentences).


Download the registration form here.


There will be a small registration fee to be paid by cash upon arrival at the registration. The exact amount of the fee will depends on the number of days and the status of the participants:


1-day/ 2-day conference fee: 100 GBP (non-student participants)


3-day/ 4-day conference fee: 135 GBP (non-student participants)


Student participants: conference fee: 60 GBP (regardless of the number of days)


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. Participation of the UK based PhD students is supported by LMS.


Important Dates


Minisymposia proposal submission closes:

January 15th, 2017

Notification of acceptance:

January 31st, 2017



Registration and abstract submission closes:

February 8th, 2017

Notification of acceptance:

February 20th, 2017



Announcement of the final programme and timetable:

March 15th, 2017



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



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About the city


Leicester is the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom and the largest city in the East Midlands with a population of 330,000. Leicester is one of the oldest cities of England with more than 1000 years of history. The name "Leicester" comes from the words castra of the "Ligore", the Latin for "camp of the dwellers on the river Legro". Indeed, ancient Roman baths and pavements still remain in Leicester from these times. Leicester is a very lively, multi-cultural city with a tremendous choice of pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres as well as excellent opportunities for shopping. Additionally, Leicester is home to the UK's National Space Centre, and the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery: host to the finest collection of German Expressionist art in the country.


Leicester is located in the heart of England with excellent connections by road, air and rail. Being situated just off the M1 motorway, Leicester is less than one hour of travel by coach from East Midlands Airport, about 1.5 hours by train from London Luton Airport and Birmingham International Airport and within 2.5 hours by train from Heathrow Airport and London Stansted Airport.

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