Multi-Scale Biology Study Group

University of Birmingham, 12th-15th December 2017

The University of Birmingham, with funding from the UK Multi-Scale Biology Network, will host a Multi-Scale Biology Study Group from 12th-15th December 2017. This event will bring together biologists, clinicians and scientists in industry with mathematicians to tackle research questions posed by the experimentalists, following the successful Multi-Scale Biology Study Group held in 2016. Significant financial assistance will be available for UK based researchers' accommodation and subsistence.

Registration is now closed - for late registration, please see below.

Call for problems

Are you an experimental researcher with a multiscale biology question which mathematicians could help answer? For example, do you have some (quantitiative or qualitative) data you can't make sense of, have hypotheses you'd like to test or think you know the mechanism that explains your data and want to test your ideas? If so, the Multiscale Biology Study Group is here to help you!

We invite experimental researchers to propose a question amenable to modelling approaches, to be tackled by the mathematical and computational modellers at our workshop. If selected, your 'problem' will receive four days of intense input from the assembled group of modellers. Problems tackled at the previous study groups have resulted in publications and successful grant proposals, and can come from any area of multiscale biology. We particularly welcome problems from biologists with minimal experience of working with mathematical modellers. Thanks to BBSRC support we are able to offer this opportunity free of charge for academic researchers (typically bringing a problem to an equivalent Maths in Industry study group would cost several thousand pounds).

To propose a problem, please get in touch in the first instance ( with a brief description of the research question you would like to tackle with the help of modellers, and a description of the data available to address it. Applications which have the scope to become a successful study group problem will be asked to develop a 1-2 page problem description for further consideration. Our committee reviews problems as they come in, until we reach capacity. The sooner we start discussing your potential problem, the more likely it will be in good shape for our modellers! You (or a member of your group) must be able to attend the entire meeting for your problem to be accepted.


Online registration is now closed. A small number of late registration places may be available; please contact or if you are interested.

If having registered you find you are not able to attend, please let the organisers know so that your place can be allocated to someone else.


Local organising committee: Rosemary Dyson, Meurig Gallagher, Dave Smith.

MSB-Net lead: Markus Owen