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Spatially distributed stochastic dynamical systems in biology


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20th June 2016 to 24th June 2016
Jun Allard
Ruth Baker
Stefan Engblom
David Holcman
Samuel Isaacson


Workshop Theme

Many fundamental biological processes involve spatially distributed components. Examples include the diffusion of proteins within microdomains and lipid bilayers; the propagation of trans-membrane potentials across cellular membranes; the movement of cells within tumors; and the transmission of chemical signals from the cell surface to regulatory sites in the nucleus. This workshop aims to bring together researchers investigating spatially distributed stochastic processes in cell and molecular biology, with researchers developing techniques for the analysis of mathematical models and related numerical methods. One particular emphasis will be models involving spatial transport and chemical reactions, which often span multiple time and length scales.

The dynamical systems representing these models involve a mixture of partial differential equations, stochastic partial differential equations, and both continuous and discrete space-time stochastic processes. Methods of asymptotic analysis for these models and numerical solution methods will be emphasized. The latter include the lattice-based reaction diffusion master equation and optimized versions of the Gillespie method for generating exact realizations of discrete-space jump process models; Brownian dynamics simulation algorithms based on discretizing stochastic differential equations and Green’s function techniques; and numerical methods for solving SPDEs. Here the many existing methods are less rigorously justified than for corresponding methods in well-mixed systems, and so the development of numerical methods by analysis of the underlying mathematical model will be stressed.


Deadline for applications: 1st April 2016

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Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £239
  • Student Registration Package: £189

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

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £571

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Wolfson Court from the evening of Sunday 19th June 2016 to breakfast on Saturday 25th June 2016, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

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.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities, breakfast and lunches are provided at Wolfson Court, adjacent to the Institute.



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 on Wednesday 22nd June at Emmanuel College, Old Library. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.



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