The workshop will virtually take place from the European Center of Living Technology in Venice on 22-25 June 2021. 

Confirmed Invited Speakers are: 

 · Rosalind Allen, University of Edinburgh 

 · Eric Dykeman, University of York 

 · Daniel Fisher, Standford University 

 · Nigel Goldenfeld, University of Illinois at UC 

 · Susan Holmes, Standford University 

 · Terry Hwa, UC San Diego 

 · Eleni Katifori, University of Pennsylvania 

 · David Nelson, Harvard University 

 · Alvaro Sanchez, Yale University 

 · Agnese Seminara, CNRS, Institut de physique de Nice 

 · Corina Tarnita, Princeton University 

 · Amandine Veber, CNRS and Univ. of Paris 

20 free waiver for Ph.D students, special discount for publishing in related joint special issue of #Entropy & #Life, prize for best poster and best talk!

Living systems are characterized by the emergence of recurrent dynamical patterns at all scales of magnitude. Self-organized behaviors are observed both in large communities of microscopic components – like neural oscillations and gene network activity – as well as on larger levels – as predator-prey equilibria to name a few. Such regularities are deemed to be universal in the sense they are due to common mechanisms, independent of the details of the system. This belief justifies investigation through quantitative models able to grasp key features while disregarding inessential complications. The attempt of modeling such complex systems leads naturally to consider large families of microscopic identical units. Complexity and self-organization then arise on a macroscopic scale from the dynamics of these minimal components that evolve coupled by interaction terms. Within this scenario, probability theory and statistical mechanics come into play very soon.
The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists with different backgrounds (maths, biology, physics and computing, theoreticians along with experimentalists), interested in macroecology, microbial ecology and evolutionary biology, to discuss important and recent research topics in these areas as well as exchange methods and ideas. The style of the conference will purposely be informal so as to encourage discussions.

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