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Call for Applications: Transients in Biological Systems Investigative Workshop (Knoxville, 5/29-5/31/19)

Posted: 10/10/2018 (Conference)

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, “Transients in Biological Systems,” to be held May 29-31, 2019, at NIMBioS.

Objectives: Transients, or non-asymptotic dynamics, cover a wide range of possibilities, from biology to ecology and beyond. A full understanding of transients and their implications for biology requires mathematical and statistical developments as well as attention to biological detail. Transient dynamics have also played a central role in both empirical observations and in models in neuroscience. Yet interaction between ecologists and neuroscientists on this topic has been limited. Although epidemiology could be considered part of population biology, there is also less cross-talk between epidemiology and other areas of population biology than desirable. Transients clearly play a role in disease dynamics. Areas such as immune response require attention to transients as well.

Goals for the workshop:

  • To spur further research into transients, both from a mathematical standpoint and as a way to understand and analyze biological systems
  • To develop appropriate statistical questions related to the analysis of biological systems using ideas from transient dynamics
  • To prepare one or more synthetic documents on the role of transients across biological systems.

Co-Organizers: Alan Hastings, Environmental Science and Policy, Univ. of California, Davis; Carl Boettiger, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Kim Cuddington, Biology, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada; Andrew Morozov, Mathematics, Univ. of Leicester, UK; and Sergei Petrovskii, Mathematics, Univ. of Leicester, UK

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) ( brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is supported by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Deadline: 01/30/2019

Location: National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), University of Tennessee