Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology Conference
La gorge du loup
June 21-25, 2015
Village de Porquerolles
Porquerolles (IGESA)
Theme and spirit

Mathematical and computational tools and concepts form an essential basis for modern evolutionary studies. The rise of sound statistical and combinatorial approaches in evolutionary and genome biology has offered considerable improvements beyond the original ad hoc approaches, providing new methods and algorithms to handle ever-growing data sets. Such advances require an increasingly sophisticated mathematical treatment of the problems at hand and the reliance on faster algorithms and computers in order to answer important biological questions.

The theme of this year’s edition will be "New Data, New Questions, New Methods". New generation sequencing techniques have multiplied not just the amount, but also the types of genetic data produced (e.g. RNA-seq, single-cell sequencing, ChIP-seq, Hi-C, ancient DNA, RAD-seq…), giving rise to new questions, and new methodologies to answer them. These methodologies are often cross-disciplinary, with applications to diverse research topics such as gene expression, cancer, development, genome evolution, epigenetics.

General concepts, models, methods and algorithms will be presented and discussed, just as during the previous conference editions. To present the recent advances in the field and discuss open questions and problems, the meeting will bring together researchers originating from various disciplines: mathematics, computer science, phylogenetics and population genetics. Keynote speakers will introduce a field of research and discuss their own work in this field (see below). Afternoon will be for short presentations and posters, with plenty of time for discussions. We will stop early every day, thus leaving time for other activities, such as hiking, snorkeling or simply lying on the beach. The number of attendees will be limited, so as to favor small group interaction.

Essential information
The meeting will take place on Porquerolles Island, near Hyères, in the South of France. The dates are June 21-25, 2015. The first talk will begin at 9am on Monday 22nd and the conference will end at about 3pm on Thursday 25th. Conference fees including accommodation for four nights, meals, coffee breaks, etc., will be between 300€ and 630€, all inclusive, and will vary depending on the room.
Keynote speakers
  • David Bryant (University of Otago, NZ)
    Recovering phylogeny and demographics from SNPs: prospects and limitations
  • Jukka Corander (University of Helsinki)
    ABC meets machine learning - fitting intractable models to genome data
  • Asger Hobolth (Bioinformatics Research Center (BiRC), Aarhus University, DK)
    Modelling DNA sequence evolution within and between species
  • Philippe Lemey (Rega Institute, Clinical and Epidemiological Virology, BE)
    Data integrating in viral evolutionary inference: from spatial dynamics to trait evolution
  • Bernard Moret (Laboratory for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, EPFL, CH)
    Phylogenetic Transfer of Knowledge
  • Ludovic Orlando (Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen)
    Ancient DNA: from very old molecules to genomes and epigenomes
  • Molly Przeworski (Columbia University, New york, USA)
    An evolutionary perspective on human germline mutation
  • Katherine St. John (City University of New York )
    Towards Improving the Search for Optimal Phylogenetic Trees
Important dates
  • Registration deadline: February 28th
  • Notification to applicants: March 15th
  • Final list of attendees: April 15th
Organizing Committee
  • Olivier Gascuel (Co-Chair, CNRS-LIRMM).
  • Raphaël Leblois (Co-Chair, INRA - CBGP).
  • Céline Scornavacca (CNRS - ISEM).
  • Fabio Pardi (CNRS - LIRMM).
  • Frédéric Delsuc (CNRS - ISEM).
  • Krister Swenson (CNRS-LIRMM).
  • Caroline Benoist (CNRS - LIRMM).
  • Sylvain Milanesi (UM2 - IBC).
Previous conferences and meetings
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