Collective Dynamics and Self-Organization in Biological Sciences

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Collective Dynamics and Self-Organization in Biological Sciences

 Apr 30 - May 04, 2018
 ICMS, 15 South College Street

Scientific Organisers:

  • Ruth Baker, University of Oxford

  • Pierre Degond, Imperial College London

  • Raluca Eftimie, University of Dundee

  • Pierre-Emmanuel Jabin, University of Maryland

  • Sara Merino-Aceituno, University of Sussex


Self-organisation refers to the ability of systems made of a large number of independent agents to generate large scale spatio-temporal coherent structures with typical dimensions larger than those associated with each individual agent. By bringing together mathematicians and biologists, this workshop provided an overview of the various self-organisation mechanisms and the mathematical models by which they can be explained. The workshop aimed to make progress towards determination of the key biological mechanisms that enable self-organisation at each scale and across the scales, and towards the derivation of suitable universal mathematical models able to describe them across the scales.

The value of this workshop was twofold. For the biologists, it reinforced their link with mathematicians and enlarged the range of models that they can use to probe observed biological complexity. For the mathematicians, it broadened the repertoire of case studies they can use. Furthermore, the workshop suggested new systems where models are still preliminary or not existent and which may require the development of new mathematical frameworks. For the two communities, it offered the opportunity of building trans-disciplinary teams that can share knowledge, models and data.


Topics covered:

  • Collective dynamics from the cell-scale to the population-scale

  • Spatio-temporal pattern formation and self-organization

  • Emergent networks

  • Pattern formation in gene expression regulation, control of stochasticity, cell-fate decision-making

  • Mechanical regulation of collective dynamics, particularly in cases coming from developmental biology and flocking behavior

  • Data analysis and model calibration and data-model coupling


  • Kees Weijer, University of Dundee - Cellular Behaviours Underlying Tissue Dynamics During Primitive Streak Formation in the Chick Embryo

  • Brian Stramer, Kings College London - Cell Steering Through Persistent and Global Action Flow

  • Amic Frouvelle, Paris Dauphine University - Stability of Dirac Masses for Simple Alignment Processes

  • Mat Simpson, Queensland University of Technology - Mathematical Models for Cell Migration with Real-Time Cell Cycle Dynamics

  • Angelika Manhart, New York University - Traveling Waves in Myxobacteria

  • Doumic Jauffret, NRIA, UPMC and Wolfgang Pauli Institute - Estimating the Division in Growing and Dividing Populations

  • Alexandre Kabla, University of Cambridge - Mechanics of Cellularised Tissues

  • Maria Bruna, University of Oxford - Reactions, Diffusion and Volume Exclusion in a Heterogeneous System of Interacting Particles

  • Paul Kulesa, Stowers Institute - Collective Migration of the Embryonic Neural Crest

  • Christina Surulescu, Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern - Model Classes for Cancer Cell Migration: the Influence of the Tumour Microenvironment

  • Eric Theveneau, CNRS and University Paul Sabatier - Exploring the Dynamics of Pseudostratified Epithelia Using Agent-Based  Computational Modelling

  • Gil Ariel, Bar Ilan University - Chaos and Levy Walks in Swarming Bacteria

  • Jose Antonio Carrillo, Imperial College London - Swarming Models with Local Alignment Effects: Phase Transition and Hydrodynamics

  • Matthias Merkenschlager, Imperial College London - Self-Organisation and the Function of the Genome

  • Ariane Trescases, CNRS and Institut de Mathematiques de Toulouse - Quaternions in Collective Dynamics

  • Maria Rita D’Orsogna, California State University - Three Dimensional Swarming in Viscous Fluids

  • Diane Peurichard, INRIA - Modelling of Dynamical Networks: From Micro- to Macro-Descriptions

  • Arezki Boudaoud, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon - Stochasticity and Robustness in Plant Morphogenesis

  • Anna Kicheva, IST Klosterneuburg - Coordination of Progenitor Specification and Growth in the Developing Spinal Cord

  • Jonathan Sherratt, Heriot-Watt University - Self Organisation in Arid Vegetation

  • Laura Johnston, Columbia University - Tissue Ecology: Sensing and Responding to Differences in Cellular Fitness During Growth

  • Veronica Grieneisen, John Innes Centre - Self-Organisation of the Cell’s Compass, Collective Coordination in Plant and Animal Tissues, and Emerging Traffic-Jams

  • Melda Tozluoglu, University College London - Mechanical Regulation of Tissue Growth and Shape Formation

  • Kevin Painter, Heriot-Watt University - Modelling Cell Movement: From Tissue Organisation to Disease

  • Christian Schmeiser, University of Vienna - A Kinetic Model with Local Interactions for Myxobacteria Colonies


Pedro, Aceves-SanchezImperial College London
Luca, AlasioUniversity of Oxford
Gil, ArielBar Ilan University
Andrew, BaggaleyNewcastle University
Rafael, BailoImperial College London
Ruth, BakerUniversity of Oxford
Sara, BernardiUniversità di Torino
Ignacio, BordeuImperial College London
Arezki, BoudaoudÉcole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Maria, BrunaUniversity of Oxford
José Antonio, CarrilloImperial College London
Lyuba, ChumakovaUniversity of Edinburgh
Maria Rita, D'OrsognaCSUN
Pierre, DegondImperial College London
Ulrich, DobramyslUniversity of Cambridge
Marie, Doumic JauffretINRIA, UPMC and Wolfgang Pauli Institute
Raluca, EftimieUniversity of Dundee
Marina, FerreiraImperial College London
Amic, FrouvelleParis Dauphine
Enrico, GavagninUniversity of Bath
Heiko, GimperleinHeriot-Watt University
Rasa, GiniunaiteUniversity of Oxford
Arnina, GoodladUniversity of Dundee
Veronica, GrieneisenJohn Innes Center
Sophie, HechtImperial College London
Pierre-Emmanuel, JabinUniversity of Maryland
Laura, JohnstonColumbia University
Alexandre, KablaUniversity of Cambridge
Anais, KhuongFrancis Crick Institute
Anna, KichevaIST Austria
Paul, KulesaStowers Institute
Hsin-Yi, LinUniversity of Maryland
Angelika, ManhartNew York University
Glenn, MarionBiomathematics & Statistics Scotland,
Sara, Merino-AceitunoUniversity of Sussex
Matthias, MerkenschlagerImperial College
Max, Oliveira de SouzaUniversidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil)
Sirio, Orozco-FuentesNewcastle University
Kevin, PainterHeriot-Watt University
Diane, PeurichardINRIA
Aleksandra, PlochockaMIGSAA
Gunnar, PruessnerImperial College London
Tertius, RalphUniversity of Auckland
Gergely, RostUniversity of Oxford
Christian, SchmeiserUniversity of Vienna
Linus, SchumacherImperial College/University of Edinburgh
Jonathan, SherrattHeriot-Watt University
Mat, SimpsonQueensland University of Technoloy
Brian, StramerKings College
Christina, SurulescuTechnische Universität Kaiserslautern
Eric, TheveneauCNRS and University Paul Sabatier
Melda, TozluogluUniversity College London
Ariane, TrescasesCNRS
Dumitru, TrucuUniversity of Dundee
Laura, WadkinUniversity of Newcastle
Jack, WaltonUniversity of Newcastle
Kees, WeijerUniversity of Dundee
Ewelina, ZatorskaUniversity College London
Gleb, ZhelezovUniversity of Edinburgh