Month of Mathematical Biology

Dr Jennifer Flegg

This year will see an exciting time for mathematical biology in Australia, with the Month of Mathematical Biology. This event encompasses two MATRIX workshops and the SMB Annual Meeting.

From 1 July 2018 – 7 July 2018, MATRIX will host a workshop on Virtual tissues: towards drug discovery and improved therapies. Organised by James Osborne (University of Melbourne), Helen Byrne (University of Oxford), Edmund Crampin (University of Melbourne), Alexander Fletcher (Sheffield University) and Edward Green (University of Adelaide), this workshop will bring together world-leading mathematical modellers, systems biologists experimentalists, and clinicians to discuss the future of multicellular modelling in biology and its application to drug discovery and improved therapies.

July 8 – 12 sees the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology & the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology in Sydney, which will cover a broad sweep of applications of mathematics to biology. The conference is hosted by the University of Sydney, and includes a welcome reception on Sunday evening, an evening poster session on Monday and a Women’s lunch on Tuesday. The conference dinner will be held at Luna Park at the northern foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Society for Mathematical Biology is organising an Early Career Workshop on Sunday 8 July before the start of the conference. For further conference details, please see

Finally, from 15 July 2018 – 20 July 2018, MATRIX will host another workshop on Spatio-temporal stochastic systems in biology. The workshop aims to improve mathematical frameworks for the study of cellular and molecular systems in biology and is organised by Mark Flegg (Monash University), Kevin Burrage (Queensland University of Technology), Ruth Baker (University of Oxford), Samuel Isaacson (Boston University) and Hans Othmer (University of Minnesota).

MATRIX is an international research institute which runs programs where world leading researchers in the mathematical sciences come together to collaborate. Professor Jan de Gier, Director of MATRIX, comments “MATRIX is excited to host the Month of Mathematical Biology. This research program is a fantastic opportunity for the international community in mathematical and computational biology to get together and exchange new ideas in a residential and research-intensive environment.”

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