3 Feb-6 Mar 2020 Marseille (France)

Residential month on mathematical issues in biology - February 6-March 6, 2020


This residential month is in line with the sessions organized at CIRM each February by a group of Marseille researchers since 2001. In February 2020, the members of the Institute of Mathematics of Marseille involved in collaborations with biologists propose to gather in CIRM researchers from around the world around the mathematical biolgy thematic. The interplay between mathematics and biology has developed rapidly since the last decades of the XXth century, both in France and in all developed countries. The progress of the biological science requires mathematical modeling, while the increased quantity of available data allows to compare models with reality, and requires a lot of statistics.This is true at all levels of life.   The evolution of species, their interactions among themselves and with their environment, ecology and the condition for maintenance of biodiversity is one major eld where biologists, mathematicians and statisticians interact. At the same  time, emerging epidemics (AIDS, H1N1, EBOLA) as well as the development of antibiotic resistances call for progress in the mathematical modeling of epidemics, and of the interplay between their dynamics and the evolution of viruses.

While medicine has made huge progress in recent history, one would like still better treatments of cancer. Also, one chalenge faced by medicine is to adapt the treatment to the specic characteristics of each patient. This requires mathematical modeling and statistics. Interaction networks are crucial in life. Their size both calls for mathematical modeling, and makes it particularly challenging. Here the high complexity behind any realistic model for biology is particularly obvious. In all areas of mathematical biology, simplied model is the first step, and like in physics often the simplest very idealized models are the most useful ones. However, the high complexity of realistic models makes necessary the combination of various mathematical tools. Those who want to make significant contributions to mathematical biology should be ready to use a big variety of mathematical techniques, ranging from analysis (in particular ODEs and PDEs), probability and stochastic processes, and statistics. However, many of our young Colleagues are trained in only one of those three fields. This is why this month will start with a school on ODEs, PDEs, Probability and Statistics. A minimal knowledge of those areas of applied mathematics is recommended for any mathematician wanting to work at the interface with biology. This school will be followed by three workshops gathering the communities of ODEs, PDEs, Probability and Statistics. Finally, a school on networks will end this five weeks event.


  • Francois Hamel
  • Florence Hubert
  • Etienne Pardoux
  • Pierre Pudlo




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