Mathematical Modeling of Dynamics in Biological Systems
One-day meeting of the London Dynamical Systems Group
Supported by the London Mathematical Society
and by the QMUL Bridging the Gaps Initiative
To be held on Friday, 27 August 2010, at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London


Rainer Klages
School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London

r.klages @

Workshop flyer is available here

Brief description of the main theme of this meeting:
The workshop aims at bringing together theoretical and experimental biologists, physicists and applied mathematicians who share a common interest in understanding the dynamics of biological systems. The main focus of this workshop will be on discussing strategies of how organisms search for food. Different such foraging strategies have recently been proposed theoretically and observed experimentally, most notably the so-called Levy flight foraging hypothesis. The meeting will also address the stochastic modeling of the fluctuations of biological filaments and the dynamics of ion channels.
PhD students and postdocs from different backgrounds are particularly encouraged to participate.

Organizational details:
All talks will be held in seminar room M203 (second floor) of the Department of Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London. The welcome and the tea break will be in the common room M102.
Directions of how to get there can be found here. And here is a view of the School of Mathematics from Mile End Road.
Pre-registration is not necessary. For any further information please contact the organizer.


10.00 - 10.30
Welcome: tea and coffee in the common room
10.30 - 11.00
Ines Weber, Saarbruecken, Germany
Fluctuations of intracellular filaments
11.00 - 11.30Enrique Abad, Oxford, UK
Subdiffusive target search in the presence of ongoing death processes (new title and abstract)
11.35 - 12.20Peter Dieterich, Dresden, Germany
Dynamics of directed cell migration
12.20 - 13.45Lunch
13.45 - 14.30
Nicholas Watkins, Cambridge, UK
Noah, Joseph, and Convex Hulls
14.30 - 15.15
David Sims, Plymouth, UK
LÚvy flights and the search behaviour of predators
15.15 - 15.45Tea and Coffee in the common room
15.45 - 16.30 Jon Pitchford, York, UK
Evolutionary Optimality in Stochastic Search Problems
16.30 - 17.00Friedrich Lenz, London, UK
Dynamics of foraging bumblebees under variation of environmental conditions
17.00 - 17.30Round table discussion: Foraging strategies of organisms - a unifying picture?
Drinks, discussions and dinner

This is part of a series of collaborative meetings held by the London Dynamical Systems Group (LDSG) which consists of the Dynamical Systems groups at Imperial, Queen Mary, Surrey and UCL, and which is supported by a Scheme 3 grant from the London Mathematical Society.
Last update: 21 August 2010