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The Helsinki Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution 2010

- an EMS-ESMTB School in Applied Mathematics -

This is the second 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. The school consists of graduate-level lectures on five topics at the research frontier, covering both subjects of mathematics outstandingly important in the field and subjects of biology of current interest.

The 2010 school was held between 22 and 29 August 2010 in the Linnasmäki Conference Centre in Turku, Finland.

Download the school poster.

Topics and lecturers

  • Evolutionary game theory: Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna)
  • Bifurcation analysis: Yuri Kuznetsov (University of Utrecht)
  • Stochastic differential equations: Carlos Braumann (University of Evora)
  • Population genetics: Reinhard Bürger (University of Vienna)
  • Stochastic epidemic models: Tom Britton (University of Stockholm)

Time and place

The school will be held between 22 and 29 August 2010 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 to 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 (22 August dinner - 29 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 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. In addition, round-table discussions will foster informal interaction between students and lecturers. At the beginning of the school, all students will introduce themselves briefly (2-3 minutes, 1 overhead sheet each) to help people of similar interests to find one another and engage in informal discussions.


The school awards 8 ECTS credits. Examination is by a take-home essay submitted electronically and evaluated by the lecturers after the school.

Download the essay assignments and instructions
Download the slides supporting the assignment given by Prof. Sigmund


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] helsinki.fi).

Director: Mats Gyllenberg
Organisers: Eva Kisdi, Petr Ondracek

The School is 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 organised primarily for PhD students of mathematics. We also welcome advanced undergraduates, postdocs, and biologists with sufficient background in mathematics.

Application is by email to petr.ondracek [funny character] helsinki.fi. 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 2010 and we shall notify all participants by 30 April. There is no fee for registration.

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