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Exploratory Conference on the Mathematics of Biodiversity

This is a Mathematics of the Planet Earth activity  

This research program was supported in part by the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council under grant number BB/J020567/1


Practical information

Dates:    July 2 to 6, 2012 
Place:   Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM), Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain 

How to reach the CRM

List of participants

List of participants with their lodging arranged through the CRM

Final practical information

Exploratory Conference booklet

Group pictures

Exploratory Conference on the Mathematics of Biodiversity





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What is diversity?  How do we measure it?  This event will bring together
life scientists and mathematicians to advance our understanding of
diversity and its measurement.
1. Develop diversity measures that are sensitive to species similarity.
2. Diversity of partitioned communities: the mathematics of within-group and
between-group diversity, including when inter-species similarity is taken
into account.
3. What are the implications of a mathematically rigorous theory of
diversity and differentiation for conservation biology, ecology,
evolutionary theory, epidemiology and population genetics?
4. What can mathematicians learn from recent advances in diversity


Scientific Committee 


Ben Allen, Harvard University
Silvia Cuadrado, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Tom Leinster, University of Glasgow
Richard Reeve, University of Glasgow
John Woolliams, University of Edimburgh 




Ben Allen, Harvard University
John Baez, University of California, Riverside
Neil Brummitt, Natural History Museum, London
Anne Chao, National Tsing Hua University
Christina Cobbold, University of Glasgow
Elisabeth Gillet, Universität Göttingen
Hans-Rolf Gregorius, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Lou Jost, Independent researcher
Tom Leinster, University of Glasgow
Alison Mather, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Louise Matthews, University of Glasgow
Hans Metz, Universiteit Leiden
Sandrine Pavoine, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Richard Reeve, University of Glasgow
Carlo Ricotta, Sapienza Università di Roma
William Sherwin, University of New South Wales
Mike Stear, University of Glasgow
Simon Willerton, University of Sheffield
John Woolliams, University of Edinburgh


Registration includes: attendance to the lectures, documentation package, copy of the course notes, social dinner, cultural activity, and coffee breaks.


Registration fee: 300 €
Deadline for registration and payment:     June 2, 2012 (EXTENDED TO JUNE 27)

To register click on one of the baskets at the beginning or at the end of the page.
 Available Grants (CLOSED)


There are two types of grants available:  

To participate in the Conference:
MsC and PhD students may apply for a grant and take advantage of a reduced registration fee and a lodging grant. Please note that your grant application will not be considered unless you include the corresponding CV and letter of recommendation from your adviser (pdf format only, please) during your application. IMPORTANT: please, note that both documents will have to be named as follows: APPLICANTSNAME_CV OR APPLICANTSNAME_LETTER). Late applications will not be accepted.
Awards are determined based on academic criteria and/or country of residence (giving special attention to advanced researchers from less favoured countries).
There are two grants available:


  • · Full Grant: access to reduced registration + lodging (during the days of the activity in a shared apartment)
    · Registration Grant: access to reduced registration
Reduced registration fee for either type of grant holders: 90€


Deadline for grant applications:  May 15, 2012 Deadline extended!

To apply for grants please send a message with your short CV and recommendation letter to Ms. Neus Portet at​
To participate in the Conference and to conduct a short research visit during the program
Short communications 


Some short communications will be accepted. Note that an abstract will have to be sent together with the application message. Abstracts should be one or two full pages long and send in pdf format. No contribution will be accepted unless the abstract is received by the registration deadline. To apply for grants please send a message with your short CV and recommendation letter to Ms. Neus Portet at​ Follow the instructions above for file naming.

Deadline: May 15, 2012




Participants awarded with accommodation grants will have their lodging arranged through the organisation. The remaining participants are encouraged to book their lodging as soon as possible

Information on accommodation options for participants


Further informationi 


For further information, please contact CRM Administration.​​​​