Scottish Mathematical Biology Forum

Thursday 13 December 2018

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

Organisers - Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Andy White, Tibor Antal, Emine Atici, David Cheek, Lukas Eigentler, Ruth King, Aleks Plochocka, Nikola Popovic, Mariya Ptashnyk, Eleanor Tanner

Scotland has a vibrant and internationally renowned mathematical biology research community. Between c2000-2007 the community met to share research ideas at an annual one-day workshop known as the Scottish Mathematical Biology Forum (SMBF). This year is the European Mathematical Society ‘Year of Mathematical Biology’ and so it is timely to restart these workshops. The key purpose of the workshop will be to update the community on the current research activities that are taking place across Scotland. The meeting will consist of 6 presentations and an activity in the lunchbreak to document the wide range of mathematical biology research taking place in Scotland. We hope that the workshop will be a catalyst for the return of annual meetings of the SMBF.

The meeting also offers the opportunity to visit the fantastic new home of ICMS – with amazing views across Edinburgh.


The workshop will start at 10:30  and finish at approximately 15:30  on Thursday 13 December 2018.


Numbers are limited to a maximum of 80 participants. We will give priority to applicants from Scottish research institutes in the first instance. Invited speakers have been added to the participant list automatically. All other participants are invited to apply to this workshop by completing this public application form.

There will be no registration fee for this workshop.


The rail fare for PhD students will be covered by the meeting organisers thanks to support from the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust.

Please see the Visiting ICMS page for details of our location.

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. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 15 minute walk away.

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.


Thursday 13 December


Registration with coffee


Andy White (Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences)
Introduction to the meeting


Rachel Norman  (University of Stirling)
Using mathematical models to understand tick borne pathogen dynamics and control in a multi-host system with multiple transmission routes.


Robert Wilson   (University of Strathclyde)
Spatial modelling of oceanic zooplankton


Fiona Macfarlane (University of St Andrews)
Individual based and continuum approaches to describe the interactions between T lymphocytes and a solid tumour


Lunch and Activity


Aleks Plochocka (Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences)
Homing of green sea turtles across various geographical locations


Colin Torney  (University of Glasgow)
Modelling collective animal movement

15.00- 15.30

Daniel Matoz Fernandez (University of Dundee)
Wrinkle formation in developing bacterial biofilms