An International Conference


An International Conference




Models in Population Dynamics, Ecology, and Evolution (MPDEE) 2020


University of Leicester (UK), April 20-24, 2020


Supported by



Organisers: Andrew Morozov, Sergei Petrovskii

The meeting will consider applications of mathematical modelling to explore processes and mechanisms in various biological systems ranging from a cell to the human society. A special focus will be on the interplay between ecology and evolution across time and space. MPDEE’20 is also expected to explore similarities between modelling techniques traditionally applied in ecology and evolution and those used in other life sciences with the purpose to enhance interdisciplinary approaches and to stimulate further advances in population dynamics, ecology and evolution. The meeting will be an open forum for interaction between theoreticians and empirical biologists with the main goal of enhancing communication between the two groups to better link theories with empirical realities.


Registration deadline extended until February 10, 2020.


Confirmed plenary speakers

Michael Benton (Bristol, UK): Identifying the Drivers of Macroevolution - Methods and Pitfalls

Henri Berestycki (EHESS / CNRS, Paris, France): The Dynamics and Propagation of Riots

Vasilis Dakos (Montpellier, France): Preparing for Surprise under Global Change: Resilience, Tipping points, and Early-Warnings

Ivana Gudelj (Exeter, UK): Taking a Lesson from Microbial Politics: Privatising Public Goods Can Cause Population Collapse

Robert Freckleton (Sheffield, UK): Overcoming Challenges in the Monitoring and Modelling of Ecological Populations at Scale

Alan Hastings (UC Davis, USA): Transient Dynamics in Ecology

Yoh Iwasa (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan): Coupled Social-Economic and Ecological Dynamics for Ecosystem Management: Examples from Lake Water Eutrophication, Mongolian Rangeland, and Illegal Logging of Tropical Forests

Anne Kandler (Leipzig, Germany): Analysing Cultural Frequency Data

Sylvie Meleard (CNRS, France): A Birth-Death Model of Ageing - Positive Selection of Senescence

Ehud Meron (Ben-Gurion, Israel): Irregular Vegetation Patterns: Mechanisms and Ecological Significance

Hans Metz (Leiden, The Netherlands): Conditions for the ODE Reducibility of Physiologically Structured Population Models

Gary Polhill (The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK): Empirical Modelling of Social-Ecological Systems with Agents: Results, Challenges and Opportunities

John Vandermeer (Ann Arbor, USA): The Enemies of My Enemies: Complex Systems in the Control of Agricultural Pests


International Scientific Advisory Committee

Sergey Gavrilets (Knoxville, USA)

Alexander Gorban (Leicester, UK)

Eva Kisdi (Helsinki, Finland)

John McNamara (Bristol, UK)

Horst Malchow (Osnabrueck, Germany)

Natalia Petrovskaya (Birmingham, UK)

Jean-Christophe Poggiale (Marseille, France)

Jonathan Sherratt (Heriot-Watt, UK)

Ezio Venturino (Turin, Italy)


Local Organising Committee

Oksana Gonchar, Simran Sandhu, Omar Alqubori

Conference outline

The scope of the conference is outlined by (although not necessarily restricted to) the following topics:

  • population dynamics and ecological complexity
  • animal movement and dispersal
  • biological invasions and spread of epidemics
  • collective dynamics and ecological pattern formation
  • uncertainty and predictability in ecology
  • climate, environment and regime shifts
  • paleoclimate, macroevolution and extinctions
  • landscape ecology, agroecology and food security
  • socio-ecology and sustainable development
  • evolution of culture and human behaviour
  • models of social dynamics
  • models in behavioural ecology
  • evolutionary population ecology
  • population and quantitative genetics
  • evolutionary game theory


The MPDEE-20 program will consist of plenary talks, mini-symposiums, contributed talks (20 minutes) and a poster session. The presentations are expected to be mostly grouped around the above subject areas. However, we will be ready and willing to consider any submission of a potentially high scientific merit which does not exactly fall into the above list.

A minisymposium will normally consist of four talks 25 minutes each.


Some important dates

Deadline for minisymposia proposals submission: December 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2019

New deadline for abstract submission: February 10, 2020

Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2020


To register, please send a message to (Andrew Morozov) AND (Sergei Petrovskii) with a title and a brief abstract of your presentation (one page at most, in a camera-ready format, either pdf or Word), clearly indicating whether it is intended to be a talk or a poster. Also, in case there is more than one author, please indicate very clearly who is actually going to present the work. Please also fill in the registration form (see below) and send it to the above addresses too.

To download the registration form please click here


Registration fees

For technical reasons, we are not able to handle bank transfers or card payments. The registration fee has to be paid in cash upon arrival at the registration desk. The exact amount of the fee will depends on the number of days and the status of the participants:

Full registration fee (non-student): 200 GBP

Partial registration (up to 2 days), non-student: 120 GBP

Student registration: 100 GBP regardless of the number of days. (This does not apply to Leicester students, PhD students from the University of Leicester will have special arrangements.)

The registration fee includes the coffee breaks, reception, and the delegate pack (including the book of abstracts)


Accommodation information

There are many good hotels in Leicester. Two suggestions are below:


About the city

Leicester is one of the oldest English cities with over a thousand years of history. Modern Leicester is a lively, multi-cultural city with the population of nearly 300,000. Leicester has a huge choice of pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres as well as excellent shopping - from one of Europe's oldest markets to new shopping malls.

Leicester is the home to the National Space Centre. It also boasts to possess one of the largest pieces of Roman architecture in Britain (at the Jewry Wall Museum), and the largest collection of German Expressionist art in the country. One recent highlight is the burial ground of King Richard III that was discovered just a few of years ago.

Leicester is in the heart of England with excellent communications by road, air and rail. In particular, Leicester is less than one hour of travel by coach from East Midlands, about 1.5 hours by train from London Luton and Birmingham International Airport, and within 2.5 hours by train from Heathrow and London Stansted.

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