The Helsinki Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution 2014:

Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

This is the fourth 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 infectious diseases. 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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Topics and lecturers

    * Odo Diekmann (University of Utrecht): Population dynamics of infectious diseases
    * Frank Ball (University of Nottingham): Stochastic models of epidemics
    * Thomas House (University of Warwick): Networks and epidemics
    * Michel Langlais (University of Bordeaux): Spatial dynamics of infectious diseases
    * Troy Day (Queen's University): Evolution of hosts and pathogens

Time and place

    The school will be held between 17 and 24 August 2014 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 (17 August dinner - 24 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 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 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, Elina Numminen


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

    Application is by email to elina.numminen [funny character] The application should contain
    * full contact data (name, affiliation, postal address, email address, phone)
    * 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 maximum 40 students. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2014 and we shall notify all applicants by 30 April. There is no fee for registration.

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