Minischool on Dynamical Systems in Biology

Start time: May 4, 2014

Ends on: May 9, 2014

Location: São Paulo, Brazil


Marcus A.M. de Aguiar (Unicamp, Brazil), Nathan Berkovits (IFT-UNESP / ICTP-SAIFR)


  • Marcus A.M. de Aguiar (Unicamp, Brazil) – Population dynamics and speciation
  • Roland Koberle (USP São Carlos, Brazil) – Real time vision
  • Marcelo Magnasco (Rockefeller Univ., USA) – Critical dynamics in biological systems
  • Gabriel Mindlin (Univ. de Buenos Aires, Argentina) – Birdsong as a model for learning

Several methods developed in physics and mathematics have been incorporated in biology, including the theory of dynamical systems, networks and statistical mechanics. This school will cover applications of these methods to some leading-edge problems of biology. Students are expected to have at least a basic knowledge of calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for local and travel support of participants from South America.


Application deadline: April 12


List of Participants: Updated on April 30

General Information: General Information Sheet -  Useful information specially for those who are not from São Paulo city.

Accommodation: Participants whose accommodation has been arranged and paid by the institute will stay at The Universe FlatEach participant whose accommodation has been arranged by the institute has received the details about the accommodation individually.

Registration: ALL participants should register. The registration will be on May 4 (Sunday) from 1pm to 2pm at the institute. You can find arrival instruction at

Upon registration, participants who are receiving financial support, please bring a photocopy of your ID or passport.

BOARDING PASS – All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by the institute, should bring the boarding pass upon registration, and collect an envelope to send the return boarding pass to the institute.

Emergency number: 9 8233 8671 (from São Paulo city); +55 11 9 8233 8671 (from abroad), 11 9 8233 8671 (from outside São Paulo).

Ground transportation instructions:

Ground transportation from Guarulhos Airport to The Universe Flat

Ground transportation from The Universe Flat to the institute


Marcus Aguiar

Roland Koberle

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13:00 Registration 9:45-11:15 Mindlin-1 9:45-11:15 Magnasco-3
14:00-15:30 Magnasco-1 11:15-11:45 Coffee break 11:15-11:45 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 Coffee break 11:45-13:15 Magnasco-2 11:45-13:15 Koberle-1
16:00-17:30 Aguiar-1 13:15-14:45 Lunch 13:15-14:45 Lunch
14:45-16:15 Aguiar-2 14:45-16:15 Aguiar-3
16:15-16:45 Coffee break 16:15-16:45 Coffee break
16:45-19:30 Work groups 16:45-19:30 Work groups




9:45-11:15 Koberle-2 9:45-11:15 Mindlin-3 9:00-11:00 Student Presentations
11:15-11:30 Coffee break 11:15-11:45 Coffee break 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Mindlin-2 11:45-13:15 Aguiar-4 11:30-12:30 Student Presentations
13:00-14:00 Lunch 13:15-14:45 Lunch 12:30-13:00 Coffee Break
14:00-15:00 Colloquium 14:45-16:15 Mindlin-4 13:00-14:00 Student presentations
15:00-15:30 Coffee break 16:15-16:45 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Discussion 16:45-17:30 Aguiar-5
17:00-19:30 Work groups