YEP VI 2009 (Young European Probabilists) workshops 

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Workshop on

"Fragmentation, coalescence and probabilistic genetics"
March 23-27, 2009

EURANDOM, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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This workshop is the sixth in a successful series of YEP meetings at EURANDOM in the years 2004-2008. This year, the main focus of the workshop will be on "Fragmentation, coalescence and probabilistic genetics".

Fragmentation processes model situations in which an object falls apart with time (e.g. through splitting, erosion or break-ups) while coalescence processes describe systems where clusters aggregate to form larger structures (e.g. through coagulation, gelation or aggregation). These processes have been the focus of a lot of attention in recent years, partly because of the wide variety of contexts in which they appear (for example in population genetics and evolutionary biology, physical chemistry or astrophysics) and partly because of the rich relations to other important areas of probability research, such as branching processes, random trees or random self-similar structures. In the workshop we will focus on new mathematical developments and applications to populations genetics.

The workshop will be organised around two mini courses presented by top experts in the field of fragmentation and coalescent processes. Nathanaël Berestycki (Cambridge) and Bénédicte Haas (Paris), who will each present a course of three sessions of two hours each, with the titles “Coalescent processes and population genetics" (Berestycki) “Fragmentation processes and real trees" (Haas)

Additionally, Sasha Gnedin (Utrecht) and Matthias Birkner (Berlin) will each give an extended lecture of two hours covering important new developments in discrete probability and probabilistic genetics.

Beyond these more experienced speakers, we are planning to invite up to sixteen researchers at an early stage of their career, typically in the final phase of their PhDs or postdocs. They will be encouraged to give 45 minutes talks on their own research topics. Experience from previous workshops shows that the meeting take place in an atmosphere of intense scientific curiosity and many participants use the opportunity to develop collaborative bonds with each other.


Mini-course speakers

Nathanaël Berestycki, University of Cambridge
Bénédicte Haas, Université Paris-Dauphine

Tutorial speakers

Sasha Gnedin, Utrecht University
Matthias Birkner, Weierstass Institute Berlin

Contributed speakers  (preliminary list)

Vincent Bansaye, Paris
Anne-Laure Basdevant, Toulouse
Amke Caliebe, Kiel
Andrej Depperschmidt, Freiburg
Fabian Freund, Düsseldorf  
Simona Grusea, Marseille
Nabin Kumar Jana, Bonn
Noemi Kurt, Berlin 
Robert Knobloch, Bath
Stephanie Leocard, Marseille
Marcel Ortgiese, Bath
Ron Rosenthal, Jerusalem
Matteo Ruggiero, Pavia  
Amandine Veber, Oxford
Damien Simon, Paris
Yuri Yakubovich, St. Petersburg
Arno Siri-Jegousse, Paris




There is no registration fee.



Conference Location

the workshop location is EURANDOM,  Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, Laplace Building, 1st floor, LG 1.105.

EURANDOM is located on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, in the 'Laplacegebouw' building' (LG on the map). The university is located at 10 minutes walking distance from Eindhoven railway station (take the exit north side and walk towards the tall building on the right with the sign TU/e).


For those arriving by plane, there is a convenient train connection between Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Eindhoven, with only one change at Duivendrecht. This trip will take about two hours. For more detailed information, please consult the NS travel information pages or see EURANDOM web page location. 

Many low cost carriers also fly to Eindhoven Airport. There is a bus connection to the Eindhoven central railway station from the airport. (Bus route number 401) For details on departure times consult 

The University  can be reached easily by car from the highways leading to Eindhoven (for details, see our route descriptions or consult our map with highway connections


Indicate the requested nights in the registration page.

Mini-course and tutorial speakers
A reservation will be made for a single room in Hotel Crown Inn , Markt 35, 5611 EC Eindhoven, Tel. 00 31 40 2452480.
Contributed speakers and invited participants
A reservation for a shared room will be made for you in Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre, Stratumsedijk 23d, 5611 NA Eindhoven, 040 2121330
If you indicate a preference for a single room note that you will be charged for an amount of 43 euro per night (including tourist tax).
All other participants
On indication, a reservation for a shared room will be made for you in Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre, Stratumsedijk 23d, 5611 NA Eindhoven, 040 2121330, costs are 53 euro per night (tourist tax included).
If you indicate a preference for a single room, your special price in the same hotel will be 92,50 euro per night (including tourist tax).

For private bookings we suggest to consult the web pages of the Tourist Information Eindhoven, Postbus 7, 5600 AA Eindhoven.

**All hotel reservations include breakfast.


March 23-24-25-26, 2009, lunches are being organised; free of costs for all participants, if ordered on the registration form.

On Wednesday March 25 there will be a workshop dinner. For non-invitees an amount of 35 euro is requested, to be paid at arrival in cash (preferably exact amount in euros)


For more information please contact Mrs. Lucienne Coolen, workshop officer of  EURANDOM, at


Peter Moerters, University of Bath,
Julien Berestycki,
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 

This workshop is sponsored by    

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