Stochastic models of evolving populations: from bacteria to cancer

16-20 July 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

Scientific organisers:

  • Rosalind Allen, University of Edinburgh
  • Tibor Antal, University of Edinburgh
  • Jasmine Foo, University of Minnesota
  • Joachim Krug, University of Cologne
  • Martin A Nowak, Harvard University
  • Bartlomiej Waclaw, University of Edinburgh

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on diverse mathematical aspects of evolving biological populations. The meeting will expose similarities between mathematical models used to study seemingly different phenomena such as the growth of cancerous tumours, viral and bacterial infections, and the evolution of drug resistance. In particular, the meeting will help to create new links between all these fields and enable cross-application of mathematical models and techniques between the fields; stimulate the development of new, general models addressing common issues such as the evolution of drug resistance in heterogeneous environments; aid in development of novel mathematical analyses for interacting particle systems and branching processes.

Keynote speakers:

  • Martin A. Nowak, Harvard University
  • Rick Durrett, Duke University

Speakers include:

  • Philipp Altrock, Harvard University / Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Robert Beardmore, University of Exeter
  • Niko Beerenwinkel, ETH Zurich
  • Julien Berestycki, University of Oxford
  • Anton Bovier, Universität Bonn
  • Ivana Bozic, University of Washington
  • Trevor Graham, Queen Mary University of London
  • Ivana Gudelj, University of Exeter
  • Oskar Hallatschek, UC Berkeley
  • Rutger Hermsen, Utrecht University
  • Andrew Hoyle, University of Stirling
  • Natalia Komarova, UC Irvine
  • Kevin Leder, University of Minnesota
  • David Nelson, Harvard University
  • Jason Schweinsberg,UC San Diego
  • Peter Swain, University of Edinburgh
  • Arne Traulsen, Max Planck, Plon


It is anticipated that the workshop will commence with Registration early on Monday 16 July and close mid-afternoon on Friday 20 July 2018.

  • Invited speakers were sent an invitation to participate by ICMS in March 2018.

  • Other ParticipantsApplications are now closed as we have reached capacity for the workshop. 


There will be a registration fee of £100 payable by all participants.   Further details about payment methods will follow nearer the date of the workshop.  


The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA.


  • Invited Speakers and Organisers have already been contacted regarding accommodation which ICMS will arrange. 
  • All other participants are asked to arrange and pay for their own accommodation (only once your application has been accepted).   Some suggestions are below:

Ibis Hotel on South Bridge (not Hunter Square)
Very close to ICMS.

Motel One Edinburgh (Please note that Motel One has two hotels in the city centre -Motel One Royal or Motel One Princes.  Both are within easy walking distance of ICMS)

Pollock Halls of Residence, The University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY 
0800 028 7118 (UK only) - +44 (0)131 651 2189 -
University of Edinburgh accommodation. Pollock Halls is about a 20-25 minute walk.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH
+44 (0)131 200 3300 -
Only a 5 minute walk from ICMS.

Edinburgh City Hotel, 79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ 
+44 (0)131 622 7979 -

St Christophers Hostel, 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE  (approx 25.00 or less depending on offers available)
+44 (0)20 7407 1856 - -
This is Youth Hostel accommodation.


All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a Mac we expect you to bring your own adaptor.


If you are travelling from outside of the UK you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey. There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100. This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the workshop venue.

Lothian buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge.


To be announced