Swansea University has recently set up a new Centre for Biomathematics, based in the Departments of Mathematics and Biosciences in the College of Science, with the aim of providing an interdisciplinary focus for those with interests on the interface between mathematics and biology or medicine and of fostering collaborations that are mutually interesting, in order to develop novel biologically-informed predictive mathematical models and computational approaches to tackle topical questions in biology and medicine.

To celebrate the launch of the Centre, and promote its activities both inside Swansea as well as elsewhere in the UK and abroad, we are running a series of workshops and training events, BioMathematics @ Swansea 2017, focussing on a variety of themes such as mathematical oncology, mathematical pharmacology, and mathematical ecology. Our first workshop, which took place on 2-3 February 2017, was a very successful Workshop on Mathematical Medicine and Mathematical Pharmacology. The second workshop will take place on 27-28 April 2017.

Theme 2: Workshop on Mathematical Ecology, 27-28 April 2017

Organizing Committee: Luca Börger and Elaine Crooks

This second workshop focuses on mathematical ecology and will bring together established researchers, early career researchers and PhD students from various disciplines:

  • with the aim of facilitating the dissemination of recent research, substantive discussion, including discussion of challenging open problems, and the initiation of new research collaborations, and
  • enriching the training of mathematics PhD students, via exposure to cutting-edge research developments, showcasing genuine interplay between mathematics and its applications in ecology, and providing networking opportunities.

The topics covered will span a broad spectrum of problems of current interest in ecology, including modelling of animal movement, biodiversity and ecosystem function, and will hopefully stimulate further interactions and research in novel directions. This workshop will be of interest to mathematicians, statisticians, and ecologists. We hope that through this workshop we will generate a wider interest in this area by showcasing the usefulness and predictive nature of mathematical, statistical and computational models in biosciences and thus initiating new local, regional and national collaborations in this exciting area of science.