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Understanding microbial communities; function, structure and dynamics

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11th August 2014 to 19th December 2014
Rosalind Allen University of Edinburgh
Thomas Curtis Newcastle University
Thomas Pfeiffer Massey University
Bill Sloan University of Glasgow
Orkun Soyer University of Warwick
Carsten Wiuf University of Copenhagen
Rosalind Allen
Thomas Curtis
Thomas Pfeiffer
William Sloan
Orkun Soyer
Carsten Wiuf


Scientific Advisory Committee: Angus Buckling (Exeter), Victor de Lorenzo (Madrid), Steven Frank (California, Irvine), Steve Krone (Idaho), Robert May (Oxford), Alan McKane (Manchester), Paul Rainey (Massey), Pam Silver (Harvard), David Stahl (Washington)

Programme Theme

The importance of microbial communities for health, industry and the natural environment cannot be overstated. Despite this, there is an enormous gap between the levels of our empirical knowledge of microbial communities’ composition and experimental and theoretical understanding of their function, structure, and dynamics. Developing and advancing mathematical and computational approaches for the study of microbial communities has huge potentials for this field. The aim of this programme is to build an interactive community of theoretical and empirical scientists that can provide these developments.


University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons