Aimed specifically at younger scientists, this conference is a forum for research into evolving microbial systems bridgning the gap between mathematical models, laboratory models and natural ecosystems.
Speakers will talk about plant and human pathogens, natural fungal ecosystems, consortia of symbionts, their responses to antibiotics and viruses and single-cell observations of bacteria in microfluidic devices.
The aim of this network is to bring together mathematicians and life scientists to explore the challenges and generate solutions to some of the major problems facing evolutionary ecology.
The network was inspired by two fundamental questions What
determines species diversity? and How did cooperative
Understanding the ecological and evolutionary mechanism involved in creation and maintenance of both microbial diversity and cooperative behaviour is a complex task. It can be studied at many levels from multi-trophic, through to population and down to cellular and molecular. This clearly requires input from a range of scientists, from mathematicians, theoretical modelers, experimental microbial ecologists, microbiologists to biochemists which is reflected in the core membership.