The Helsinki Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution 2012


This is the third school of a biennial series of international summer schools on mathematical ecology and evolution in Finland, organised by the Biomathematics Group of the University of Helsinki. This edition of the school focuses on the theory of speciation and is part of the ESF Research Networking Programme FroSpects and of the graduate school FICS. The series of The Helsinki Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution is part of the EMS-ESMTB School in Applied Mathematics.

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After the school:
Download the high-resolution group photo
Ben Haller's blogpost describes the school from a participant's point of view - thanks, Ben!

Topics and lecturers

* Population genetics of speciation: Sergey Gavrilets (University of Tennessee)
* Multilocus models of speciation: Nick Barton (IST Austria)
* The role of sexual selection in speciation: Sander van Doorn (University of Bern)
* The ecology of speciation: Eva Kisdi (University of Helsinki)
* Theory and empirical speciation research: Daniel Bolnick (University of Texas)

Time and place

The school will be held between 19 and 26 August 2012 at the Linnasmäki Congress Centre in Turku, Finland. Arrival and departure on Sundays, full program on Monday-Saturday.

The town of Turku is the oldest town of Finland with beautiful surroundings and easy access with direct flights from Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen, plus train from Helsinki in each hour and buses every half an hour (direct bus connection also to the Helsinki Airport).


We provide full board and lodging in double rooms during the school (19 August dinner - 26 August breakfast) plus a Reader to all accepted participants free of charge, on condition of participation in the full program. Participants need to cover their own travel costs.

The School is financially supported by the ESF Research Networking Programme FroSpects, by the Finnish Doctoral Programme FICS and by the Academy of Finland via the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Analysis and Dynamics Research.


The school will be a week of high-speed, concentrated effort where most of the time is allocated to lectures. Group discussions of working papers and round-table discussions will foster informal interactions between students and lecturers. At the beginning of the school, all students will introduce themselves briefly to help people of similar interests to find one another and engage in informal discussions.

The school will host a guest lecture by Prof. Anneli Hoikkala on empirical speciation research conducted at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland).


The school awards 8 ECTS credits upon examination by take-home essays submitted electronically and evaluated by the lecturers after the school.


The School is organised under the auspices of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Analysis and Dynamics Research by members of the Biomathematics Group of the University of Helsinki (email addresses: firstname.lastname [funny character]

Director: Mats Gyllenberg
Organisers: Eva Kisdi, Tadeas Priklopil
Ulf Dieckmann and Åke Brännström as chair and vice-chair of the FroSpects Steering Committee

The School is part of FroSpects and endorsed by the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and by the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB).


All PhD students and young researchers working in mathematical ecology/evolution can apply from all countries, especially from Europe and the Mediterranean. The school is aimed at PhD students of biology with sufficient theoretical background and at PhD students of mathematics with interest in ecology and evolution. We also welcome advanced undergraduates and postdocs.

Application is by email to tadeas.priklopil [funny character] The application should contain
* full contact data (name, affiliation, postal address, email address, phone and fax)
* a brief CV containing prior studies and/or positions
* a 1-paragraph description of scientific interest and motivation
* list of publications (if any)

The school can accept 40 students. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2012 and we shall notify all applicants by 30 April. There is no fee for registration.