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Understanding Microbial Communities; Function, Structure and Dynamics

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11th August 2014 to 19th December 2014

Organisers: Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh), Thomas Curtis (Newcastle), Thomas Pfeiffer (Massey), William Sloan (Glasgow), Orkun Soyer (Warwick) and Carsten Wiuf (Copenhagen)

Scientific Advisory Committee: Angus Buckling (Exeter), Victor de Lorenzo (Madrid), Steven Frank (California, Irvine), Steve Krone (Idaho), Robert May (Oxford), Alan McKane (Manchester), Paul Rainey (Massey), Pam Silver (Harvard), David Stahl (Washington)

Programme Theme

The importance of microbial communities for health, industry and the natural environment cannot be overstated. Despite this, there is an enormous gap between the levels of our empirical knowledge of microbial communities’ composition and experimental and theoretical understanding of their function, structure, and dynamics. Developing and advancing mathematical and computational approaches for the study of microbial communities has huge potentials for this field. The aim of this programme is to build an interactive community of theoretical and empirical scientists that can provide these developments.


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