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Workshop YEP VIII 2011(Young European Probabilists)

"Stochastic Models for Population Dynamics"

March 14-18, 2011



This workshop is the eighth in a successful series of YEP meetings taking place at EURANDOM in the past years, each devoted to a different topic representing a topical development in probability.

In 2011, the main focus of the workshop will be on "Population Dynamics", more precisely on stochastic models for population dynamics in ecology and evolution, particularly with a view towards spatial models.

Population biology has long been a fruitful source of research problems and inspiration for probabilists, starting with classical branching processes, their diffusion approximations, ranging over interacting particle systems up to measure-valued processes. Processes in biological populations are often very complex and stochastic by nature, thus requiring and inspiring probabilistic modeling. The situation becomes especially intriguing when the role of space is taken into account, where this can refer to geographical space, with
the two-dimensional space being biologically most interesting and also posing the toughest mathematical challenges, or to a more abstract 'type space' or possibly to a combination of both. Examples of important questions that mathematical models can help to attack are in how far spatial distribution can promote survival of a population or
coexistence of various types, how the populations tend to arrange themselves in space, or how new species can emerge through the interplay of mutations and competition of different types.

In this workshop we will focus on such mathematical questions addressing challenging problems at the interface between probability theory and population dynamics.

The workshop will be organised around three minicourses presented by:

Ted Cox (Syracuse, US)
"Limit theorems for voter model perturbations"

Amaury Lambert (Paris F)
"Population dynamics and evolution in the trait space"

Amandine Véber
(Paris F)
"Temporal and spatial scales in geographically structured population models"


There will be two problem sessions, headed by

Feng Yu (Bristol)
"Problems in population genetics involving selection, recombination and migration"

Patsy Haccou (Leiden)
"Stochastic models in Ecology and Evolution"


Furthermore, participants at an early stage of their career, i.e. in the final phase of their PhD's or postdocs, are encouraged to present their own research topic if it fits to the general theme of the workshop; we currently envisage around 10 contributed talks.


We intend to leave enough room in the schedule to allow for many informal discussions.


Matthias Birkner (Mainz)
Jochen Blath (Berlin)

With special thanks and acknowledgement for the contributions of the following sponsors:

Theoretical and

Research Network Programme:

RGLIS - Random Geometry of Large Interacting Systems and Statistical Physics


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Contributed speakers

Agnes Backhausz Eotvos Lorand University
Roman Berezin Technion- Israeli Inst. of Technology
Andrej Depperschmidt University of Freiburg
Leif Döring UPMC Paris 6
Sandra Kliem EURANDOM
Mikaël Launay LATP
Tobias Müller CWI
Francesca Nardi TU/e - EURANDOM
Leonid Petrov Inst. for Information Transmission Problems
Lorenz Pfeifroth TU München
Thomas Rippl Universität Göttingen
Pieter Trapman Stockholm University
Yinna Ye LMPT Université Tours



Fee for participants is 100 euros. The fee includes 4 lunches, coffee/refreshments and the conference dinner.

- Lecturers, Problem-session-leaders and participants whose registration fee has been waived (by mail from organizers)
- Participants from TU/e only pay for the conference dinner (35 euro)

Bank details are given on the registration form.



Practical information

Conference Location
he 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 all information on how to come to Eindhoven, please check http://www.eurandom.tue.nl/contact.htm


- For Lecturers and Problem-session leaders  single rooms are available in Hotel Crown Inn. You are requested to indicate arrival and departure dates on the registration form.

- For participants who have asked for and have been granted support for accommodation, double rooms will be reserved, also in Hotel Crown Inn. These rooms will be shared. For 25 euro per night (your own expense) you may prefer a single room. Please indicate on the registration form which you prefer.

- Other participants will have to book their own hotel room. If you wish to stay at the  Hotel Crown Inn, it is possible to book a room for the reduced price of 95 euro per night (breakfast and tourist tax included). Please contact Patty Koorn for further details.

- For booking in other hotels, we suggest you consult the website of the Tourist Information Eindhoven, Postbus 7, 5600 AA Eindhoven.


Lunches are provided on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The conference dinner, will be held on Wednesday. 

Please indicate your attendance on the registration form.


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For more information please contact Mrs. Patty Koorn,
Workshop officer of  EURANDOM