Scales in Mathematical and Theoretical Ecology
From Individuals to Ecosystems
A Summer School
Sigüenza, Spain, 25 August – 3 September, 2003
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A Summer school on Mathematical Ecology will be held in Sigüenza, Spain, August, 2003. The school will feature aspects of models and methods in ecology where the scale is an issue: energy budgets, evolutionary aspects of aggregation, particle coagulation and flocculation in the sea, fish schooling and animal aggregation. It will also provide training on subjects of general interest: dynamical systems, fractals, aggregation of variables and a tutorial on computer simulations and software platforms for IBMs. The progression of the courses will be adjusted in such a way that most classes can be attended both by ecologists willing to improve their background in mathematics and mathematicians with the same desire for ecology.
The school will take place in the Seminary of Sigüenza which will also accommodate the participants and the instructors. The entire Seminary will be at the disposition of the school. The Seminary is a recent construction, with a number of class rooms of various sizes, surrounded by a large garden. It is a few kilometers away from the medieval town of Sigüenza, whose the Parador, an old castle superbly renovated, and the Cathedral will give the participants a pretext for pleasant evening excursions. Sigüenza is about 100 kilometers from Alcalá and 130 kilometers from Madrid, both locations can be reached by the regional train.
The language of the school is English
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A current challenge consists in reconciling the two approaches. This objective needs to integrate processes from the molecular scale to the ecosystem scale. Indeed, an ecosystem is a set of different living organisms living in a changing environment with which they interact. Physical and chemical parameters modify biological processes and the biological response in turn acts on physical and chemical properties of the environment. These interactions clearly depend on the considered scale. For instance, in a marine ecosystem, the turbulence has effects on phytoplankton growth which depends on the scale. At the individual cellular level, the interaction takes place in a few minutes and acts on the uptake process. At the population level, the interaction takes place in a few hours or a few days and acts on the phytoplankton population growth at a large scale. However, there are also interactions between the processes at different scales. Individual behaviours modify communities dynamics and population densities have effects on individual behaviours.
The school aims at presenting different ways of analyzing the scales that matter for given problems and different ways of analyzing interactions between processes at different scales. It will feature aspects of models and methods in ecology where the scale is an issue: energy budgets, evolutionary aspects of aggregation, particle coagulation and flocculation in the sea, fish schooling and animal aggregation. It will also provide training on subjects of general interest: dynamical systems, fractals, aggregation of variables and a tutorial on computer simulations and software platforms for IBMs. The progression of the courses will be adjusted in such a way that most classes can be attended both by ecologists willing to improve their background in mathematics and mathematicians with the same desire for ecology.
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The fee covers registration in all school's activities,
including the use of available computer equipment and the stay at the
Seminary of Sigüenza during 10 days (from Sunday 24, evening,
through Wednesay 3, afternoon). It covers board and lodging (double
occupancy) and two coffee breaks per day for the 10 days. Stays lasting
less than 10 days, notified on registration, give right to a reduction
of 30 euros per day
off (this does not apply to participants having received a grant from
The payment will be sent by postmail to :
Euro-Mediterranean BioMathematics Association
Pr O. Arino
IRD Centre de Bondy,
32 avenue Henri Varagnat
93143 Bondy (Paris) FRANCE
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P. Auger, C. Bernstein (Lyon 1, France), R. Bravo de la Parra (U. Alcala, Spain), P.H. Gouyon (Paris, France) J. Hofbauer (Vienna, Austria), G. Jackson (Texas A&M, USA), M. Kimmel (Rice University, Texas, USA), S.A.L.M. Kooijman (Free U. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Y. Lagadeuc (Rennes, France), A Lobo. (Institute of Earth Sciences, Spain), C. Mullon (IRD, France), M. Pascual (U. of Michigan, USA), J.-C. Poggiale (Marseille-Luminy, France), S. Schreiber (Vienna, Austria).
Discover the courses contents and
schedules on this page. Details are given concerning the structure
of the courses and the organisation of the school. This is not the
final version and modifications can be supplied later. Links are
available where participants can download files containing the courses
(see "courses contants" section).
Click this link to access the registration file and follow the instructions.
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Any questions? Any comments? Please, mail to : J.C. Poggiale .
People interested in joining the ESMTB could do it electronically at http://www.esmtb.org/join.html. Registration (or documented pre-registration) to the ESMTB gives automatic entitlement to the reduced school fee. The ESMTB fee (40 euros full registration, 24 euros students) may be paid directly to ESMTB or together with the school fee, either by anticipation or at the school's venue.
Pending the acceptance of grant proposals, the
to further reduce fees.
The school will be followed by AICME II, the second Alcalá International Conference on Mathematical Ecology, in Alcalá de Henares (http://euromedbiomath.aicme.free.fr/).Go to top