An international conference


Models in Population Dynamics, Ecology, and Evolution (MPDEE’18)


University of Leicester (UK), April 9-13, 2018


Organisers: Andrew Morozov, Sergei Petrovskii


Honorary Speakers


Michel Loreau (Moulis, France)

Marten Scheffer (Wageningen, The Netherlands)


Confirmed plenary speakers (in alphabetic order)


Elaine Crooks (Swansea, UK)

Mats Gyllenberg (Helsinki, Finland)

Alan Hastings (Davis, USA)

Yoh Iwasa (Fukuoka, Japan)

Rainer Klages (London, UK)

John McNamara (Bristol, UK)

Hans Metz (Leiden, The Netherlands)

Ran Nathan (Jerusalem, Israel)

Rachel Norman (Stirling, UK)

Andre de Roos (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)



International Scientific Advisory Committee (in alphabetic order)


Edward Codling (Colchester, UK)

Sergey Gavrilets (Knoxville, USA)

Alexander Gorban (Leicester, UK)

Eva Kisdi (Helsinki, Finland)

Roberto Kraenkel (Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Horst Malchow (Osnabrueck, Germany)

Natalia Petrovskaya (Birmingham, UK)

Jean-Christophe Poggiale (Marseille, France)

Jonathan Sherratt (Edinburgh, UK)

Ezio Venturino (Turin, Italy)


Conference outline


The meeting will consider applications of mathematical modelling to explore processes and mechanisms in various biological systems ranging from a cell to the human society. A special focus will be on the interplay between ecology and evolution across time and space. MPDEE’18 is also expected to explore similarities between modelling techniques traditionally applied in ecology and evolution and those used in other life sciences with the purpose to enhance interdisciplinary approaches and to stimulate further advances in population dynamics, ecology and evolution. The meeting will be an open forum for interaction between theoreticians and empirical biologists with the main goal of enhancing communication between the two groups to better link theories with empirical realities.


This conference appears as a result of merging of two conference series, namely Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology (MPDE) and Modelling Biological Evolution (MBE). For details of the recent meetings in both series please check and


The scope of the conference is outlined by (although not necessarily restricted to) the following topics:


* population dynamics and ecological complexity

* animal movement and dispersal

* biological invasions and spread of epidemics

* collective dynamics and ecological pattern formation

* uncertainty and predictability in ecology

* ecological time series and regime shifts

* agroecology and food security

* models in behavioral ecology

* evolutionary population ecology

* population and quantitative genetics

* evolution of culture and human behavior

* evolutionary game theory



The MPDEE-18 program will consist of plenary (invited) talks, mini-symposiums, contributed talks and a poster session. The talks are expected to be mostly grouped around the above subject areas. However, we will be ready and willing to consider any submission of a potentially high scientific merit which does not exactly fall into the above list.


Some important dates


Deadline for minisymposia proposals submission: December 1, 2017

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2018



More information will be available soon.



About the city


Leicester is one of the oldest English cities with over a thousand years of history. Modern Leicester is a lively, multi-cultural city with the population of nearly 300,000. Leicester has a huge choice of pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres as well as excellent shopping - from one of Europe's oldest markets to new shopping malls.


Leicester is the home to the National Space Centre. It also boasts to possess one of the largest pieces of Roman architecture in Britain (at the Jewry Wall Museum), and the largest collection of German Expressionist art in the country. One recent highlight is the burial ground of King Richard III that was discovered just a few of years ago.


Leicester is in the heart of England with excellent communications by road, air and rail. In particular, Leicester is less than one hour of travel by coach from East Midlands, about 1.5 hours by train from London Luton and Birmingham International Airport, and within 2.5 hours by train from Heathrow and London Stansted.