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PhD Summer School: Methods for Mathematical and Empirical Analysis of Microbial Communities


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27th October 2014 to 29th October 2014

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

Workshop Theme

Theoretical and computational techniques to model microbial communities are essential tools for making sense of the massive amounts of new data emerging from DNA sequencing. This 2-day workshop will feature tutorial-style lectures on a number of themes that are emerging in this field, ranging from understanding and interpreting microbial evolution experiments, through individual-based modelling, to analysis of sequence data. The meeting is open to all, but aimed at early career researchers, whom will be given the opportunity to present their work in short talks and posters. The workshop will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK, as part of a longer-term research programme on the study of function and structure of microbial communities.

Deadline for applications: 28th September 2014

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Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £175
  • Student Registration Package: £130
  • NOTE: For those who wish to attend both the UMCW02 and UMCW03 workshops, the combined registration fee will be £220 (reduced to £175 for students).

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Wednesday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal dinner: £40

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as Visiting Fellows, programme participants or their guests, the above charge will apply.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation. Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place at 19:30 on Wednesday 29 October at Emmanuel College. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

If you are on the dinner list please ensure you arrive by 19:15 at the College

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