Le Hameau de l'étoile
Hameau de l'étoile
June 12-16, 2016
Salle de la grande bergerie - Hameau de l'étoile
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 Computation 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 "Forecasting evolution": while most analyses are designed to reconstruct the past in order to understand evolution, our modern society is in dire need of anticipating the future using sound scientific approaches. This is particularly true in the context of global warming and more generally global changes. New approaches that model future evolution are emerging, for example to predict epidemics, evolution of cancer, shifts in species/population distributions or species loss. Evolutionary biology is thus widening its focus, trying to predict future biological states and better define the range of applicability of these predictions. Making progress in this new research area will involve cross-disciplinary approaches, accurate statistical methods, and powerful computational techniques.

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
The meeting will take place at Hameau de l'Etoile, in the Montpellier region (France). The dates are June 12-16, 2016. The first talk will begin at 9am on Monday 12th and the conference will end at about 3pm on Thursday 16th. Conference fees including accommodation for four nights, meals, coffee breaks, buses, etc., will be between 300€ and 550€, all inclusive, and will vary depending on the room.
Thanks to the Agropolis Fondation, PhD students and postdocs may benefit, on demand, of financial support for all conference fees.
Keynote speakers
  • Jeffrey Jensen (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
    Progress, prospects, and practical suggestions for jointly inferring selection and demography: an application to human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)
  • Laura S. Kubatko (Departments of Statistics and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology - The Ohio State University)
    Coalescent-based Species-level Phylogenetic Inference Using Site Pattern Frequencies
  • Amaury Lambert (Stochastics & Biology Group - Laboratoire de Probabilités & Modèles Aléatoires - UPMC - Université Paris 06 )
    Random tree shapes and the future loss of phylogenetic diversity
  • Richard Neher (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology)
    Rapid adaptation and the predictability of evolution
  • Bruce Rannala (UC Davis - University of California)
    Species delimitation
  • Isabel Sanmartín Bastida (Real Jardín Botánico (RJB-CSIC), Madrid)
    Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo models and their application in biogeography
Important dates
  • Registration deadline: February 25th March 15th
  • Notification to applicants: March 15th March 22th
  • Final list of attendees: April 15th
Organizing Committee
Previous conferences and meetings
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