Statistical Physics Meets Movement Ecology

4 July 2019, 9.00 AM - 5 July 2019, 6.00 PM

Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences, Department of Engineering Mathematics, Queen’s Building, Bristol BS8 1TR

In the last 20 years the animal tracking revolution with biological sensors of increasing resolution and decreasing size has leapt forward the field of animal ecology. Empiricists and modelers alike have contributed to the transformation of an area, which represented the common interests of many ecologists, to an interdisciplinary field in its own right under the name of Movement Ecology.
With more and better resolved empirical data, Movement Ecology provides a novel arena of complex and emerging natural phenomena for physicists to investigate. At the same time movement ecologists realize that the ideas and techniques from statistical physics are becoming increasingly necessary to answer ecological questions. A well-known on-going success story of physics thinking in Movement Ecology has been the area of collective animal behaviour for which the influx of concepts and tools on phase transitions and out-of equilibrium dynamics has contributed a great deal to the development of that area.
Despite specific individual successes and on-going collaborations between the broader community of physicists and animal ecologists, there is a lack of global understanding on how Statistical Physics and Movement Ecology can help each other move forward. There are great opportunities for the latest developments in statistical physics to be tested with the help of massive dataset in Movement Ecology. At the same time there are plethora of challenging ecological questions that have remained unanswered for decades and are waiting for an influx of modelling approaches that only Statistical Physics may bring.
This meeting aims to bring together these two distinct communities, inviting a core of those researchers whose work has crossed the divide between physics and animal ecology, as well as key researchers focussed on the two separate fields. In order to ensure real connections are developed, speakers will be asked to provide a pedagogical introduction to their talks, aimed at addressing the full range of participants of the meeting.
This meeting is supported by (SCEEM) School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Maths and the EPSRC Network on Emergence and Physics Far From Equilibrium. Members of this network can claim for travel and accommodation expenses for attending this meeting.
Workshop Venue
Confirmed Speakers
Olivier Bénichou, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de la Matière Condensée, France
Satya Majumdar, Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Modeles Statistique, France 
Andrea Perna, University of Roehampton, UK 
Marc Holderied, University of Bristol, UK 
Ran Nathan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
Stefania Melillo, Institute for Complex Systems, CNR, Italy
Rainer Klages, Queen Mary University of London, UK 
Tim Rogers, University of Bath, UK 
Gunnar Pruessner, Imperial College London, UK 
Frederic Bartumeus, CEAB and CREAF, Spain
Giorgio Volpe, UCL, UK 
Marco Polin, University of Warwick, UK 
Hermes Gadelha, University of Bristol, UK
Denis Boyer, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
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Event Programme 

Day One

9.00am - 9.30am: Coffee
9.30am - 9.40am: Luca Giuggioli
9.40am - 10.25am: Ran Nathan
10.25am - 11.10am: Satya Majumdar
11.10am - 11.55pm: Marc Holderied
12.00pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm - 2.15pm: Gunnar Pruessner
2.15pm - 3.00pm: Stefania Melillo
3.00pm - 3.45pm: Coffee
3.45pm - 4.30pm: Rainer Klages
4.30pm - 5.15pm: Tim Rogers
5.15pm - 6.00pm: Denis Boyer
Conference Dinner 

Day Two 

9.00am - 9.45am: Olivier Bénichou
9.45am - 10.30am: Frederic Bartumeus
10.30am - 11.15am: Coffee 
11.15am - 12.00pm: Marco Polin
12.00pm - 12.45pm: Andrea Perna
12.45pm - 2.00pm: Lunch 
2.00pm - 2.45pm: Giorgio Volpe
2.45pm - 3.30pm: Hermes Gadelha
3.30pm - 4.15pm: Coffee
4.15pm - 5.00pm: Luca Giuggioli
5.00pm - 6.00pm: Discussion session 

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