IGESA ¨Porquerolles, France
IGESA Residence
May 26-30th, 2019
IGESA ¨Porquerolles, France
Porquerolles Island
Theme and spirit

The huge amount of molecular data available nowadays can help addressing new and essential questions in evolution. Answering these questions require efficient and sound mathematical and computational models and tools. The Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology meetings focus on cutting-edge methodological advances in the domain, along with their foremost applications.

The theme of this year's edition will be "Towards better trade-offs between speed and accuracy for the analysis of very large data sets in evolutionary biology". The most realistic models and corresponding inference techniques quite often struggle to cope with the large size of genomic data sets currently available. Compromises thus need to be found that involve using fast but sometimes inaccurate methods/algorithms, or simplifying the raw data through summary statistics. We will discuss the current solutions and stimulate a larger debate on the most appropriate ways to make sense of the wealth of genomic data currently available.

Beyond this year’s theme, general concepts, models, methods and algorithms will be presented and discussed, just as in the previous editions of MCEB. As usual, the meeting will bring together researchers originating from various disciplines: mathematics, computer science, phylogenetics, population genetics, epidemiology, ecological modeling ... 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 or swimming. The number of attendees will be limited to favor small group interactions.

Essential information
  • Place: Porquerolles Island, near Hyères, in the South of France. See details on venue tab.
  • Dates: May 26-30, 2019. The conference will begin Sunday evening with an aperitif and dinner, and will end at about 2pm on Thursday.
  • Fee: Around 500€ (Includes accommodation for four nights, meals, coffee breaks, etc.).
Keynote speakers
  • Michael Blum (TIMC, CNRS and University of Grenoble, FR)
    Genome wide association studies and polygenic models
  • Olivier Delaneau (University of Lausanne, FR)
    Haplotype estimation with sub-linear complexity
  • Dannie Durand (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
    Genome Evolution
  • Laura Eme (ETTEMA LAB Microbial diversity and evolution, Uppsala University, SE)
    Phylogenomics for the origin and early evolution of eukaryotes
  • Andrew Francis (Centre for Research in Mathematics, Western Sydney University, AU)
    The Mathematics of Phylogenetics Networks
  • Guy Sella ( Department of Biological Sciences, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Program for Mathematical Genomics, Columbia University, New York, USA)
    Advances in Population Genetics
Important dates
  • Pre-registration and extended abstract submission deadline: February 28th, 2019
  • Notification to applicants: March 15th, 2019
  • Final list of attendees: April 14th, 2019
Organizing Committee
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