Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Phylogenetic Network Workshop, Singapore

Next week there will be a gathering in Singapore, for a Phylogenetic Network Workshop. This is being hosted by the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, at the National University of Singapore.

The workshop has been organized under the guidance of Louxin Zhang. The program and abstracts can be found here. It runs for the whole week, 27 – 31 July 2015.

The workshop is actually the final part of a much larger, 2-month programme, called Networks in Biological Sciences (1 June – 31 July 2015). This programme is focused on mathematics for network models in biology, including complex networks and systems biology. Network modeling is extremely challenging, and so it offers outstanding opportunities for mathematicians and statisticians. The phylogenetics workshop will focus on the mathematics needed to develop fast and robust computer programs for inferring an evolutionary network models from biological sequence data.

The participants are principally from the computational sciences, of course, including many who have attended the previous network workshops in Leiden, in the Netherlands, in October 2012 and July 2014. There are, however, a few biologists to round out the field, including myself.

Singapore is hot and humid for most of the year, and July is no exception. So, I am expecting the unacclimatized participants to spend most of their time indoors, avoiding the daily thunderstorms.

I am hoping to add some blog posts based on what happens at the workshop, as it proceeds.

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